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How Avatar Became
The Most Popular Movie
No One Remembers
By SANDY SCHAEFER
Despite its success upon release in 2009, James Cameron’s “Avatar” is not as memorable as Cameron himself claims it is. While promoting the upcoming “Avatar: The Way of Water,” Cameron addressed the “trolls” who have claimed that no one remembers the plot of the movie.
Written and directed by Cameron, “Avatar” takes place on Pandora in the 22nd century, following a love story between a human, Jake Sully, and a Na’vi warrior, Neytiri. Many criticize the film’s white savior trope and ableist tones, likening it to 1990’s “Dances with Wolves.”
Moviegoers seem to still be interested in the world of Pandora more than the story of “Avatar,” as the Disney World ride “Pandora – The World of Avatar” is extremely popular. However, as for the film, the story of “Avatar” relies too heavily on other similar stories instead of creating quotable and memorable moments of its own.
While film buffs have dragged the movie for being something “nobody will remember” for years, the extended wait for sequels has been quite a boon after all. Cameron might actually want to thank those "trolls" who've relentlessly joked that no one remembers his film, as they, in fact, have helped keep its momentum alive.