AVATAR

Dr. Russell Moore saw it. I was watching his twitter stream (@drmoore) yesterday evening and saw this (oldest ones at the bottom):

I didn’t cheer, by the way. Too much Merle Haggard in my blood, I guess. Like to see you make that movie in Afghanistan, fella…about 14 hours ago from Tweetie

James Cameron’s last big propaganda film was filled with Celine Dion crooning. This one: Jane Fonda on a Viet Cong missle launcher.about 14 hours ago from Tweetie

If you can get a theater full of people in Kentucky to stand and cheer for the defeat of their country, your special effects are quite good.about 14 hours ago from Tweetie

Avatar: George Lucas medium; Che Guevara message.about 15 hours ago from Tweetie

Here at the movie theater. Half of us here; half of us late. Just like Sunday School!about 18 hours ago from Tweetie

fixing to take a posse of @SBTS students to see this movie about fighting smurfs. Seems to be a Christmassy thing to do.about 18 hours ago from Tweetie

and here is Dr. Moore’s more in depth review called Rambo in Reverse.

Here is the beginning:

If you can get a theater full of people in Kentucky to stand and applaud the defeat of their country in war, then you’ve got some amazing special effects.

I just left opening night of James Cameron’s gazillion-dollar epic film Avatar. The reviews were right. The plot is laughably cliched. And the special effects are the most jaw-dropping you’ve ever seen. What I wasn’t quite ready for was the preachiness of the propaganda.

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