Cameron, always high on his own bombast, harnesses that self-confidence into a deeply felt political critique wrapped in a theme park–ready special-effects extravaganza. Could anyone other than the man who made the highest-grossing film of all time get away with such a piously angry portrait of what he sees as the moral failings of U.S. war policy and the inept anti-intellectualism of both our conservatives and our military?
I wrote about Avatar for Vanity Fair’s Little Gold Men blog. I’ll be posting stuff there a couple of times a week through Oscar season.