Yo Avatar Fans, Here’s a Lesson From Rocky

Audiences experience ‘Avatar’ blues

(CNN) — James Cameron’s completely immersive spectacle “Avatar” may have been a little too real for some fans who say they have experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.

On the fan forum site “Avatar Forums,” a topic thread entitled “Ways to cope with the depression of the dream of Pandora being intangible,” has received more than 1,000 posts from people experiencing depression and fans trying to help them cope. . . .

I still have not seen this movie and now I don’t even want to since each article I read about it gets increasingly annoying. First it is heralded as a masterful example of evolutionary psychology, and now it’s utopian vision is making viewers suicidal! Why expose myself to such things all for the sake of a big budget, 3-D remake of FernGulley?

Last night I watched Rocky Balboa and experienced the exact opposite emotional response to what these Avatar sad sacks are apparently experiencing. I felt like I could take on the world! Here is an example of why. The following is Rocky speaking to his son who is protesting Rocky’s decision to go ten rounds with the Champ. His son is tired of living in the Rock’s shadow.

Rocky: I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilige.

Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.


But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life.

Don’t forget to visit your mother.

Sure, the Rocky movies can be pretty cheesy sometimes, but I’ll always prefer to be inspired by a Rocky reality than be blue because of some Avatar fantasy.

7 thoughts on “Yo Avatar Fans, Here’s a Lesson From Rocky

  1. I really don’t think a relatively small amount of whiners should deter you from seeing a movie. James Cameron has said so himself, that the movie is similar to Pocahontas in its message. Ferngully was a cartoon.

  2. I guess it takes massive special effects to draw people in to elements of reality already occurring. There are superior fire powering forces raping the natural lands and destroying the beauty of those lands for more resources. However, people not being able to detach from the fact that it is just a movie shouldn’t paint the quality or experience of the movie itself. I could also point or illustrate how Rocky is strikingly similar to other boxing, feel -about-yourself-movies. These people should stop complaining and go out in the world and offer their part in contributing to a better world, instead of whining and moaning.

  3. Kudos to Mr. Cameron for making his mega movie to bring awareness to that little talked about subject of global warming and conservation. How risky and brave.

  4. (Spoilers, naturally)
    Avatar has many flaws: anti-military, anti-technology, contains heavy-handed criticism of the Iraq war, it’s anti-big-corporations, the basic script is pretty simple, there’s foul language, the natives are scantly clad, the spirituality is confusing.
    Despite of all that, I think it’s worth watching in the theater because of the stunning beauty of the environment of the alien planet and because it appeals to the universal human desire to live in an unspolied, good environment, in harmony with the environment and with each other. It’s not a Christian movie by any stretch, but Cameron has acknowledged that the environment in the movie is in some ways like the Garden of Eden. I think these two factors explain the popularity of the movie.

  5. Eh, you had a problem with the Na’vi being scantily clad? I don’t suppose it comes as a major surprise that I found their assiduous coverage to be the issue – I mean, not one single solitary glimpse of a female’s nipple? Come on, how gawdawful-terrible could some elements of the human form be to some people in order to inspire such obsessive prudishness on the part of people designing the wardrobe for characters that are effectively nude? However, as I’m well aware everyone and their aunt’s wife’s grandfather have pointed out already, that might be counted among the least of the film’s issues.
    And as for Rocky being cheesy, Jerry…. well, I know you haven’t seen it, but let’s just say that among the many gems of dialogue featured in Avatar there exists the line, “… I had to take it to the next level!
    As to this Avatar-depression thing, however obscure and trivial it is within the grand (marketing) scheme of the film, I can’t say I’m particularly surprised to see it at least in some places. Looks like this is one of those times when us Cultural Studies types tend to agree with the appraisals of self-described relatively conservative Christians.

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