"With Avatar , I thought, Forget all these chick flicks and do a classic guys’ adventure movie, something in the Edgar Rice Burroughs mold, like John Carter of Mars -a soldier goes to Mars," Cameron told me. "Of course, the whole movie ends up being about women, how guys relate to their lovers, mothers-there’s a large female presence," Cameron said. "I try to do my testosterone movie and it’s a chick flick. That’s how it is for me... Too much is being said about the technology of this film. Quite frankly, I don’t give a rat’s ass how a film is made. It’s an emotional story. It’s a love story. They’re not expecting that. The sci-fi/fantasy fans see the trailer and they think, Cool-battles, robots. What you really need to get to is, Oh, it’s that , too."
Whether or not I quite believe Cameron, I am totally jazzed about the good reviews Avatar has been getting as of a screening last night. I don't know when exactly I got brainwashed into thinking of the guy who made the biggest grossing movie of all time as an underdog, but I am now totally rooting for his movie about blue cats with boobs not to fail. Schadenfreude be damned, I'd rather something that cost a fortune and millions of man-hours be good than bad. Also, this is the guy who gave us the supremely badass Sarah Connor . I'm not sure it's his movies we should be refusing to see.
Still from Avatar. © 2009 Fox and its related entities. All rights reserved.
TODAY IN SLATE
Justice Ginsburg’s Crucial Dissent in the Texas Voter ID Case
Even When They Go to College, the Poor Sometimes Stay Poor
Here’s Just How Far a Southern Woman May Have to Drive to Get an Abortion
The Most Ingenious Teaching Device Ever Invented
Marvel’s Civil War Is a Far-Right Paranoid Fantasy
It’s also a mess. Can the movies do better?
Sprawl, Decadence, and Environmental Ruin in Nevada
An All-Female Mission to Mars
As a NASA guinea pig, I verified that women would be cheaper to launch than men.