Ever since its release in December of 2009, I've fallen in love with Avatar, and that's saying a lot considering that I went into the theater knowing little to nothing about this film or its history of development. But I became instantly fascinated with this universe that James Cameron created, and being only nineteen years old, I can safely say that I've never seen anything like this film. So I really have trouble understanding how critics call its plot and dialogue hackneyed. But anyway, what I remember most about seeing Avatar for the first time is "Wow, this is a movie that truly speaks to me." Seriously, something about this movie's plot really struck a chord with me in a way that cinema really never has, and I'm sure I'm not alone. The love of natural beauty and a soul-nourishing interconnection are both apparent in this story, as well as an aversion to the forces tearing our world apart: greed and violence and xenophobia (also presented effectively in District 9, another great film). Which brings me to the main point of this blog: does Avatar contain propaganda? In a way, yes: it's eco-awareness and spirituality from start to finish. But let's not forget that art can be born from propaganda, and when used in the right way (as James Cameron has done with this very tale), the power of slogans has the potential to unite and better us. The best kind of art is the revolutionary kind, the kind that makes us question ourselves and desire a change for the better. And I commend Avatar for encouraging us to make a step toward it. Yes, on one level it may be the best of popcorn flicks, but art is art, and the medium is trivial, so long as the words are carried.

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