(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.