>How does an astronomically expensive yet astonishingly successful science-fiction blockbuster by a world-famous director dominate popular culture for months on end, only to disappear without a trace from the public’s minds? That is the strange, half-enviable, half-unenviable fate of James Cameron’s Avatar. After its record-breaking box office run in late 2009 and early 2010, it did not exactly fall from grace so much as evaporate from grace. Fans don’t dress up as blue-skinned Navi at Avatar conventions, at least not routinely, and Sam Worthington action figures weren’t exactly flying off the shelves at Christmas. Why not?
Like TFA had well written characters.
There was Mary Sue, black comic relief, Weirdface the Brooding, ball droid, and wookie.
Mark my words, the marketing for Avatar 2 is going to convince the world that they've been super fans of the franchise the whole time. Just like they did for Star Wars. Star Wars used to be something you'd be bullied for liking, especially as an adult, but then Disney's marketing team got a hold of it and now the world was secretly crazy about Star Wars the whole time!
You cameronfags are so delusional. Pretty sure people were open about their love for star wars way before the Disney acquisition. Just because you were a beta that got bullied in high school doesn't mean the rest of the world was.
>disappear without a trace from the public’s minds
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It has. People remember Finn Rey and Poe and Kylo Ren. They aren't deep or complex, but at the very least they are memorable. The only character people remember from Avatar is the Collonel
This is the most accurate post in this thread. Outside of the elementary school crowd no one who was an out and out fan of star wars in the 90s and early 00s was anything other than a nerd. Disney marketing is 100% responsible for the success of Star Wars now.
Oh absolutely. I remember even when Ep 2 and 3 came out only a handful of kids at school were suddenly Star Wars fans-and they didn't keep being fans a year later. I was a fan before, not really after though. After 3 I was over it. Haven't even seen TFA. Can't bring myself to care.
Because it was weird and new.
What is weird and new about Avatar?
I dont hate the movie, but it is very pale and generic. It feels sterile and without life for me.
We talk about that movie just because its success in Asia.
That means that its success was based on the context mainly, on the right time (3D hype). There is no reason to come back to the movie now.
this is actually the most depressing thing about TFA saga.
my elderly parents both brought up Star Wars having had no interest in it before. advertizing fucking works.
with Cameron at least there's more chance it will be in service of a good film.
It says something when Zoe Saldana's most famous role isn't the one from Avatar.
It's not even her third most famous role. Avatar as a franchise (if you can call it that) is not a very profitable one. The 3D fad is over and story-wise, it doesn't bring anything to the table.
Star Wars does. The OP doesn't refer to a *specific Star Wars film yet you pick out TFA, which, if we're honest, does have memorable characters; BB-8 and Rey will certainly be though of more than the likes of Jake Sully and blue legs eleven.
Avatar really wasn't very good. Overly cliched.
>girl finds out the one she loves lied to her
>gets angry with him
>boy has to prove he's not like that and does care for her/the world
I hate that fuckign cliche so much.
TFA set this cliche up but it didn't finish it, thank FUCKING god.
Oh I get it! You're trying to flip this on it's head and point it back at TFA. Damn dude!
Except all of these characters barring Wookie had better backgrounds with actual depth than any character in Avatar.
Rey and Kylo even have actual mystery to their's.
Even the fucking droid.
bullshit. it was just escapist drivel that let everyone pretend they weren't some stupid muggle
avatar reminded people how shit they really are. no wonder people are eager to forget it.
Both the AV Club and now deceased The Dissolve published very similar articles bashing Avatar. Do you guys know what these sites also share? Staff and a completely myopic pro-Marvel sentiment. They praised every single movie the studio put out, even the very mediocre Age of Ultron. These websites have an agenda and a view of cinema that tends to equal quotability - or its fallacious, euphemistic brother, 'cultural relevance' - with quality.