Let’s be realistic, Marines probably weren’t the best choice for this mission. When you ask people what is an authentic movie about the Marine Corps, many of them will say Full Metal Jacket or Jarhead. Me? I say James Cameron’s Avatar.
Avatar is the story of United States Infantry Marine veteran Jake Sully traveling to a moon of Jupiter and immediately engaging in coitus with the local flora and fauna. He finds the hottest alien of the tribe and has incredible, hot, sensual magic tree sex with her and takes over her entire tribe. I’ve never seen a filmmaker capture the espirit de Corps of Marines with such accuracy and respect.
Having just watched Avatar: The Way of Water in the theater, I thought it would be a good time to visit Pandora and take a look at the 2009 original again.
I’ll be honest: I really love this movie in an unironic way. I know people like to talk a lot of shit about it for its “derivative” story, but we all just sat through 29 Marvel movies with the exact same plot and characters, so I don’t think that’s a valid critique anymore.
I may post a full review of The Way of Water, but for now just know that I was blown away by it. It’s been so long since I’ve seen a big-budget blockbuster movie that made me actually feel anything. It was a much-needed breath of fresh air (or water?).