Uh, anyone else getting a whiff of potential catastrophe coming off the previews for "Avatar," the movie James Cameron's been working on for 90 years?
Maybe it'll be good, and maybe it'll gross $500 million, but looking at that trailer, I can't help wonder about the fact that he used up years of his life, $230 million and groundbreaking computer effects to make a movie about a soldier who uses advanced technology to infiltrate a race of blue creatures called Na'vi who live on the planet Pandora.* Looking at them blue critters, I smell a faint but undeniable Eau de Jar Jar -- a scent that accompanies a certain type of devastating lapse in aesthetic judgment -- wafting from Cameron's direction.
*Is it called Pandora because like using this technology in a war against a peaceful race of blue humanoids is totally like opening Pandora's Box?
UPDATE: Got around to reading The New Yorker's recent James Cameron profile last night. A few observations:
1) Looks like I wasn't the only one to make the Jar Jar Binks connection. People who saw an extended trailer "were not, in large part, kind. Dances with Wolves in Space, they said. Smurf-porn. Pocahontas meets Halo. Some drew unflattering comparisons to Thundercats, and made reference to Jar Jar Binks, the most hated of all digital characters."
2) This is sort of an obvious point, but even if this movie is critically panned, which it probably will be, the success of the "Star Wars" prequels and Cameron's own "Titanic" show that poor reviews don't prevent movies from crushing box office records.