TITLE

Post-Pandoran Depression or Na'vi Sympathy: Avatar, Affect, and Audience Reception

AUTHOR(S)
Holtmeier, Matthew
PUB. DATE
December 2010
SOURCE
Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture;Dec2010, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p414
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Purporting to send an environmentally and spiritually healthy message, Avatar seems like an ideal candidate to impact positively upon audience members' positions toward the environment. Director James Cameron even expressed such an intention, stating that `Avatar asks us all to be warriors for the Earth'. Since Avatar was released in theaters, however, there have been two trends in response to the film that raise important issues in environmental ethics. One I label Na'vi Sympathy, namely, a seemingly immediate, productive change in the spectators' worldview. The other I call Post-Pandoran Depression, which results from an unachievable desire for the hyper-real techno-spiritual world of Pandora. These represent two relationships with nature, which the film evokes.
ACCESSION #
59540245

 

Related Articles

  • Avatar. Lyden, John // Journal of Religion & Film;Apr2010, Vol. 14 Issue 1, Special Section p1 

    This article explores the environmental ethics seen in James Cameron's film "Avatar." It discusses the ethic of environmentalism through the perspective of the fictional Na'vi people as they react to the despoilment of their planet by the natives of the Earth or Sky People. The film also...

  • I See You: Interspecies Empathy and Avatar. Sideris, Lisa H. // Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture;Dec2010, Vol. 4 Issue 4, p457 

    Seeing others is a central metaphor in James Cameron's film Avatar, used as a means to express empathy and empathic bonding throughout the film, both between humans and the Na'vi, and between the Na'vi and the animals that inhabit their world. Empathy entails an ability to see and feel the world...

  • 'Avatar' tops VES noms. Kilday, Gregg // Hollywood Reporter;1/19/2010, Vol. 413 Issue 1, p3 

    The article reports on the announcement from the Visual Effects Society that the film "Avatar," by James Cameron tops the list of nominations.

  • 'Avatar' and the worldwide zeitgeist.  // Our Sunday Visitor;1/24/2010, Vol. 98 Issue 39, p13 

    The article discusses several criticisms on the movie "Avatar," by James Cameron.

  • Extra! Extra! Na'vi All About Them! Richardson, Ken // Sound & Vision;Dec2010, Vol. 75 Issue 8, p82 

    The article focuses on the press release of director James Cameron on the making of the brand-new Extended Collector's Edition of the film "Avatar" in the U.S.

  • Foreign b.o. record near for 'Avatar'. Segers, Frank // Hollywood Reporter;1/18/2010, Vol. 412 Issue 50, p13 

    The article reports that the movie "Avatar," directed by James Cameron is all set to break the foreign box office collection record of the movie "Titanic," and become the highest grossing movie.

  • No. 1 is a virtual lock for 'Avatar'. DiOrio, Carl // Hollywood Reporter Weekend Edition;1/8/2010, Vol. 412 Issue 44, p25 

    The article reports that the film "Avatar" by James Cameron is poised to become the first film to post four consecutive number one weekend performances since "The Dark Knight," in 2008.

  • 'Avatar' peek cued. Schilling, Mark // Daily Variety;9/15/2009, Vol. 304 Issue 51, p22 

    The article announces the screening of unseen footage of "Avatar," a three-dimensional science fiction epic film directed by James Cameron, at the 22nd Tokyo Film Festival on October 17, 2009.

  • Avatar sequels for NZ.  // Travel Daily;12/18/2013, p5 

    The article reports that filmmaker James Cameron has decided to make three sequels of the film "Avatar," in New Zealand.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of VIRGINIA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY AND SYSTEM

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics