by Kyle Anderson
Though the script and performances have been left up to debate, there's one thing that is undisputed about James Cameron's multi-bajillion dollar juggernaut "Avatar": It's a movie-going experience that is unlike any other 3D or IMAX production.
But is it too enveloping? As it turns out, some fans have fallen into depression because the seemingly-real world of Pandora is yanked out from under them once the credits roll. CNN has a report this morning about the aptly-named "Avatar Blues," focusing on a fan site that has received over 1,000 posts from people confessing dark and even suicidal thoughts and how they are coping with the knowledge that they can never be a member of the Na'vi.
Fans of "Avatar" have targeted both the sheer beauty of the movie and the exotic nature of Pandora, but the general outlook on the human race (and on corporations) in "Avatar" seem to have resonated as well. One user on the forum wrote, "When I woke up this morning after watching 'Avatar' for the first time yesterday, the world seemed gray. It just seems so meaningless. I still don't really see any reason to keep doing things at all. I live in a dying world."
While the harmony that exists between the Na'vi and the other wacky beasts living on Pandora is beautiful and idyllic, it should also be noted that a handful of those beasties tried to stomp members of the Na'vi (SPOILER ALERT) before the planet turns on the Marines at the end of the movie (END SPOILER). Also, it's possible these people were depressed even before they fell into "Avatar"-related melancholia (just check out the guy chowing down on a whole pizza in the photo used on the CNN story — think that eats his feelings?).
"Avatar" has made a total of $1.34 billion worldwide. With that gigantic number of people seeing it, obviously somebody was going to get depressed (I know I was bummed out after I saw it, but that was mostly because I regretted spending $20 on a film that contains the line "That's the flux vortex"). Just remember, folks: As real as those buds from the glowing disco tree seem, it's just a movie.
Did "Avatar" leave you feeling depressed? Do you think humanity has no hope? Or do you appreciate the movie as a work of fiction, but have no trouble leaving the grave future foretold in it behind you?