So I finished watching Avatar once again for the umpteenth time and it still amazes me. I pulled in and engaged so much that i can never just sit down and only watch my favorite scenes. And ill defend the story til the death. James Cameron set out to marry new school technology with old school story telling and i think he pulled it off marvelously. Sure its nothing new but Cameron transformed something that had to potential to be completely dull into something incredibly immersive. Though I loved the story the real reason I (and everyone else, I'm sure) keep revisiting it is to experience the gorgeous, gorgeous world Cameron dreamed up. It truly is a wonder. Anyone who says the left the theater and didn't feel they had taken a futuristic space tour of an actual alien planet is lying through their teeth. (This article is a testament to how Pandora captivated audiences: http://www.cnn.com/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/01/11/avatar.movie.blues/ind...).
Now as you can see, I loved Avatar. And there's nothing I wouldn't give to delve deeper into the Pandora and explore some more but how would we James Cameron go about that? Ever since the talk of a sequel came about I've been trying to think of what type of conflict they would have that would be satisfying but I've got nothing. The evil humans are gone. Jake is no longer human. The Tree of Life is safe. What could they possibly have to deal with? An enemy tribe maybe? Personally I think that's extremely lame. The Na'vi are tree-huggers so they're planet wouldn't be dying. I'm stumped.
Although I felt the story came second to the world in Avatar, it's still obviously an essential part of the movie. What are some of your ideas for the sequel?
I hope Cameron does better for the next movie in terms of story. I loved Avatar, but there wasn't a really original screenplay to the movie. Cameron has a good record with sequels, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
The company comes back and decides to bomb the Na'vi into extinction from orbit. The Na'vi and world of Pandora come up with some really weird and convoluted way to fight back. Tickets will sell for $50 a pop and the movie will stink on ice, but everyone feels compelled to see it.
In my sequel the humans would come back with a larger, competently trained force and utterly decimate all of the na'vi. Or even a smaller lesser trained force, just put them in some armored vehicles without gaping windows. They're fighting with bows and arrows, The human race has been able to annihilate that technology for centuries. Or hell, why send a single soldier in? Send a space ship into their orbit and just launch some big missiles. I'm sorry but the ending is kind of a plot hole, in fact it's a plot hole so gaping I tend to not even mention it. I can't possibly imagine any sequel that doesn't begin and end with the na'vi getting utterly destroyed by vastly superior weaponry. Unless the humans, greedy and war mongering though we apparently are......just said whatever and gave up. We can have two hours of blue people hunting things, apologizing to them, and acting like bunnies under the trees which are also their ancestors. Maybe they'll actually show him fight the epic dragon thing this time though.
The sad part is, a sequel is pretty much inevitable, and Cameron obviously isn't just going to nuke the na'vi in the first ten minutes. I honestly can't wait to see the sequel. I didn't hate the first, I just don't think any of it stands up to logic, sure was pretty though. If they make a sequel I expect it to be more of the same. Cameron found his niche of pandering as hard as possible, calling it innovative, and making more money than anybody on this site will ever see. And I'd be a damn liar if i said I wouldn't give my life for his in a heart beat.