Some interesting conversation on the radio program tonight. It began with a simple question: "Have you seen Avatar? What did you think?"
It seems like everyone is talking about it. It's been a trending topic on Twitter for over a month, blog everywhere are raving about it, and it's the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark.
BUT does it live up to the hype?
The lifelines lit up with people anxious to give their opinion. Those who had seen it LOVED it. Some people aren't interested in the Sci-Fi genre and so they had zero desire to see it. A handful of people were upset we would even be talking about the movie, seeing as how Focus On The Family lambasted it in their review. (Language being one of their major gripes)
Which brings up an interesting question... What turns you off a movie?
Is it language?
Sex and nudity?
Maybe it's excessive violence?
I understand we need to be careful what we watch when it comes to movies (Phil 4:8), but I don't think we can expect someone who holds a different set of beliefs to make a film with Christian morals and values.
Maybe it's because I worked in a warehouse with some more "raw" coworkers throughout high school, but language doesn't really bother me. When you're dodging bullets in the Middle East, or when you lose your job, you'll probably drop the occasional f-bomb. In fact, I would expect some language in those situations.
I haven't actually heard much about the story in Avatar. Most people rave about the special effects, and how visually stunning the movie is. Some people mentioned similarities to Pocahontas or Dances With Wolves, but no one really raved about the story. (I do remember watching Dances With Wolves in school and our teacher fast forwarding through the sex scenes.)
How do you decide which movies are appropriate and which are not? Does the quality of the story have any bearing on your decision?
P.S. - Some fantastic movies are rated "R" (Shawshank Redemption, Good Will Hunting, Gladiator, The Passion Of The Christ, The Matrix and The Green Mile) so I don't think you can use the MPAA rating as a guide.