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Avatar Analysis Part 4

The Na’vi are a representation of Native Americans

The success of Avatar has brought about many theories about the representation and meaning of the films plot and other aspects of the film from fans all over the world. Over time, the theories for the film have grown in numbers as the people behind these theories take a more deeper insight into the films plot and characters. In terms of the representations of the characters, the Na’vi seem to be very similar to Native Americans. This is due to the fact that they hunt for their food, wear very little clothing, speak in their own native tongue and follow their own religion. While this representation doesn’t seem to be negative, some minority groups believe that this is the case believing that that the film represents them as being victims who could not protect themselves. Furthermore, they believe this representation is also on the verge of racism as the film suggests that the Na’vi need the help of a white man, also known as The White Messiah in the form of the main character Jake Sulley, to be able to defeat the bad guys. These bad guys are represented in the form of the RDA, the American corporate mining company who are after a valuable mineral on the planet of Pandora. This has caused controversy due to the fact that a large corporation is being represented as the bad guys as they have no consideration for the environment or the people that live on these lands, which many environmentalists believe is correct. In addition, many American viewers believe there is an anti-American message in the form that the RDA soldiers represent the American soldiers of today. Russell D. Moore of The Christian Post stated that: “If you can get a theatre full of people in Kentucky to stand and applaud the defeat in their country in war, then you’ve got some amazing special effects.” However, Cameron defended himself in stating that the film is: “…definitely not anti-American…” whilst also mentioning that the good or bad guys could be America: “…depending on your perspective.” Another representation that received backlash from

Some viewers believed this scene resembled the 9/11 attacks

audiences was the supposed reminiscence of 9/11 attack on the World Trade Centre. Some audiences believed that the scene where the N’avi’s Hometree is destroyed by the RDA troops reminded them of the attack that took place on the World Trade Centre. Cameron was quick to calm those claims stating that it was not intended to represent the attack although he was: “…surprised at how much it did look like September 11.”

With regard to the possible meanings of the film, one of the most recognized meanings is the emphasis on the environment. This is due the fact that Cameron has spoken extensively with the media about his environmental message of how Avatar is a broad metaphor about how we treat the natural world. In an interview on National Public Radio, Cameron stated that the world would go through pain and suffering if the world did not acknowledge: “…our stewardship responsibilities towards nature.” Cameron further emphasizes this environmental message in another interview when he says that Pandora is a fictionalised version of: “…the world we used to have.” Another important meaning that the film gives off is about the use of imperialism. This is backed up by Cameron after he mentioned that he believed that people with more military or technological advances might: “…supplant or destroy people who are weaker, usually for their resources.” In some way, Avatar is very similar to the

Avatar can relate to the fighting over the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in America 1863-1869

construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad that started in 1863. The companies in charge of building the railroads fought with the Native Americans forcing them to leave their native land so that the companies could build the railroad on their land. This can be related to Avatar as the RDA tried to convince the N’avi to relocate so they could mine the valuable mineral that they had on their land. The Na’vi would not move leading the RDA to go into conflict with the Na’vi. Other theories around the film suggest that it is very religious, with specific links to Hinduism, and the militarism to help understand the impact the US military’s latest campaigns.

Overall, Avatar has affected many people across the world, by allowing them to try to understand the films much deeper meanings than what we may first initially see or simply parody the film in other entertainment brands, whilst also having a significant impact on how we have viewed movies since the release of Avatar and how we will watch movies in future years to come, due to the breakthrough in technology that the movie has bought with it.


The Hangover Analysis

On a bachelor party in Las Vegas, four friends are drugged, and wake up the next morning with no memory of the night before. Realising that the groom is missing, they retrace their steps to find him, slowly revealing what had happened.

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Film review article of Django unchained

In Django Unchained there are different genre characteristics that make it the adventure western that it is and the year of when it is set.

The elements of adventure and western are shown throughout the movie and is shown from the very beginning by showing shots of desert landscapes and open landscapes that haven’t been touched or disturbed by civilization while the main theme song ‘Django’ is played over the top as well as bright red bold credits are being shown other the top of the footage. The main element of the movie is taking the audience back to the 1800’s when slavery was popular in America and when white people used horses as transportation, were incredibly rich and owned large pieces of land and mansions, when they also owned black slaves and used them for their own personal benefit or enjoyment.

The narrative structure of the film is set into three parts, the beginning, middle and end. The beginning of the film is the introduction of the two main characters of the film, their specific roles in the film and why they need to partner up throughout the film. The middle is when Django learns how to use a weapon, they both perform bounties to earn money and learn the whereabouts of Django’s wife from other wealthy characters so he can go rescue her. They also come across some of the gang members that tortured and sold Django and his wife separately from each other and end up killing them for revenge. When they locate Django’s wife, Django and his partner try to trick her owner (Candy) into selling her by becoming friends with the owner, Candy’s right hand man Stephen finds out why Django and his partner are really visiting him. Django, his partner and Candy both come to an agreement to pay for Django’s wife’s freedom. Djangos partner then kills Candy mainly because he was such an evil man and did not care for any of the black slaves that he kept as servants. At the end of the film Django’s wife then becomes a hostage of Stephen, Django is being sent to a mine to work, he then escapes from the three cowboys taking him to the mine, race’s back to where his wife is being held. There he kills Stephen and the rest of Candy’s bodyguards and family, he injures Stephen leaving him to suffer from his wounds inside the mansion, the mansion has been rigged with dynamite the mansion then blows up. Django then leaves with his wife into the distance the credits then show over the top of the footage of the burning house.

The representation of the characters in the film are as follows: Django who is clearly the hero of the picture, Django has a lust for revenge on the gang who tortured him and his wife but is also a novice when it comes to weapons, horse riding and even reading. Doctor Schultz who is an undercover bounty hunter and disguises himself as a dentist, he trains Django into becoming a trained gunslinger and bounty hunter like himself and whose purpose is to find and kill the same gang who tortured Django and his wife. The two main social groups of the film are the black slaves who have the one main purpose of being a slave and nothing else, but are split into lots of different groups which perform different tasks, such as working in the kitchen, working in the fields, taking part in forced fights as the rich people use this for sheer sport that they find amusing and fun. The other big social group is the rich white people who own lots of black slaves and consider black people to be poor, dumb and the lowest racial group of the west making the white people the biggest stereotypes of the film.


Analysis and Response

There are many genre characteristics in the ‘Doctor Who’ episode ‘World’s End’ that make it a Science-Fiction Fantasy Drama. It is a drama because it is pretty much dramatic throughout most of the episode.

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