The Cure for AVATAR Blues

Hebrides copy Did you find yourself in a funk after watching AVATAR? It might not just have been a side effect of wearing 3-D goggles—CNN has been reporting that some viewers “experienced depression and suicidal thoughts after seeing the film because they long to enjoy the beauty of the alien world Pandora.” Film Junk calls the entire concept “either really sad or really good marketing.” John Graham-Cumming believes that the idea is “stunningly ridiculous,” mostly because CNN reported a front-page story based on a thread in which “50% [of posts] are the work of 10 people.” And the story was actually already reported—on a blog not cited by CNN, says The Sly Oyster: “CNN just about whole sale ripped off the story without attribution from a Cynical-C post six days ago.” Hmmm. Real or not, James Cameron has some advice for those who yearn for a world more beautiful than their own: "Take a walk in the woods. Reacquaint with the nature we have right here."

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Have you felt the AVATAR blues or do you find the movie inspiring?

Comments

Anthony

I loved the movie and everything about it, and yes I did feel depressed for about two to three weeks. I am glad that I stumbled across this blog because I have been trying to figure out why I am feeling this way. I have been looking into traveling to places I have always wanted to see such as Machu Pichu. Maybe I feel that I am not living my life to enjoy everything about it. I have a great job... I run a movie theatre, so I have seen the movie about 20 times. Mainly to get my mind off of the sadness that I felt and try to fill in the void it seemed to create. I have been feeling much better but now, maybe watching the movie so much numbed me to the effect it caused. It is strange to me that I can see any movie I want but I have only really had a desire to watch Avatar. It has inspired me to do more with my life and see more of the world we live in.

Na'viDelphia

One of my friends saw Avatar and said that to exit the theater was to go back into this boring world. I'm sure that if any of us lived on Pandora we would take it for granted. Still, I wish myself that I could combine The Lathe of Heaven with Avatar, have an effective dream and wake up as a Na'vi on Pandora. Not happening. I'm still trying to go lucid as it is.

I think the trouble that some people, particularly critics, had was that Jake could, apparently just like that, give up everything and everyone back here. In Cameron's scenario, the environment has grown worse by increments over our and our great-grandchildren's lifetimes. For Jake, to chose to remain on Pandora was to choose life. He did say the planet was no longer green-outdoors I guess. How are we eating? Maybe the sequel will touch on a degree of regret, which Neytiri will help him deal with. In the meantime, thanks to Cameron for recommending that we appreciate the beauty we have here while we still have it. I've been doing that whenever possible for some time. After the Grand Canyon, I'd love to see more of the West. We have some good scenery around here too, but the West is the real deal.

A lot of well-put posts here.

Na'viDelphia

A friend who saw Avatar told me that coming out of the theatre was to return to this boring world. I think that if any of us were to have lived there in the first place we would have taken it for granted. I don't have the blues as bad as some people, but I sometimes wish I could combine The Lathe of Heaven with Avatar, have an effective dream and wake up there myself("Antwerp"). Not happening. It's enough that I'm still trying to go lucid.

I think that some people, especially critics, have a problem with the idea that Jake could just leave everything and everyone behind. After reading the opening of the script, it makes sense. Before I saw that, I recalled him saying something to the effect that the Earth was no longer green. I thought we were making progress; apparently Cameron doesn't think so and no wonder. Our country's population, and the rest of the world's, is still growing. For Jake, to choose to stay on Pandora in his one-time avatar body was to choose life. Thanks to Cameron for recommending that we appreciate the beauty we have here while we still have it. I've done that whenever possible for some time. We have some good scenery around here, but after seeing the Grand Canyon, I'd like to see more of the West. It's the real deal.

A lot of things will probably make sense after we read more of the script that includes the cut scenes. That's why Avatar probably deserves, in that case, some major category Oscar nominations, as well as turning the alien invasion subgenre on its head.

Beethoven's 9th is a warhorse, but am I the only one thinking about it around here?

Lots of great posts.

Na'viDelphia

A friend who saw Avatar told me that exiting the theatre was to go back into this boring world. I'm sure that If any of us lived on Pandora, if it existed, we would take it for granted. I sort of wish myself that I could combine The Lathe of Heaven with Avatar, have an effective dream and wake up there. Not happening. I'm trying to go lucid as it is.

I think that some people, especially critics, have a problem with the idea that Jake could just up and leave everyone and everything here behind. After reading the opening of the script, it makes sense( think there's an ARCO ad from the 70's on YouTube that bears an eerie resemblence). Even before that, he touched on the point that the Earth was no longer green. I was under the impression that we were making progress, but by Jim Cameron's lights, we're not. Take into consideration the fact that the population is still growing in our country and around the world. The "Soylent Running" scenario may have only been put off, more or less. So for Jake to stay on Pandora in his one-time avatar body was to choose life. He'll never have to wear a mask anywhere again. We might touch on any regret he has in the sequel, although we expect Neytiri to help him through that.

Thanks to Cameron for recommending that we appreciate the beauty we have here while we still have it. I've done that as often as I could for some time. We have some good scenery around here, but after seeing the Grand Canyon, the West is the real deal. Love to see more.

Beethoven's 9th is a well-worn warhorse, but am I the only one thinking about it around here(and with fresh ears)?

Great posts so far.

Na'viDelphia

I tried leaving a comment earlier but it doesn't look like it took, so testing, 1,2,3.

Na'viDelphia

I tried leaving a comment but it doesn't look like it took so, testing 1, 2, 3.

Na'viDelphia

I tried to leave a comment earlier, but it doesn't look like it took, so testing 1, 2, 3..

Na'viDelphia


I thought I left a comment earlier, but it doesn't look like it took. Hope I'm not repeating myself.

I spoke with a friend who saw Avatar and said that leaving the movie theater after that was having to come back into this boring world. I think that if any of us lived on Pandora, if it existed, we would probably take it for granted. The film hasn't had quite that effect on me, although I wished that I could combine The Lathe of Heaven with this story, have an effective dream and wake up on Pandora. Not happening. I'm still trying to go lucid as it is. Had some close calls.

I think the problem some people, including critics, have is the idea that Jake just up and left everything and everyone back here behind. When you look at the opening scene it the script, it makes a little more sense(look for an ARCO ad from the 70's on YouTube if its still there-eerily similar). Even while seeing the film, he touches on the point that the Earth is no longer green(how are we eating?). I thought that we were making progress on the environment. Apparently James Cameron doesn't think so and that it will get worse. No wonder: the population in our country and around the world is still growing. Therefore, by staying on Pandora in his onetime avatar body, Jake chooses life. Maybe the sequel will touch on some regret, but we expect Neytiri will work him through it.

Thanks to Cameron for recommending that we appreciate the beauty our planet has while it's still here. I do that whenever I can. We have some decent scenery around here, but after seeing the Grand Canyon, I think the West is the real deal. Love to see more. Still, I think if the movie has affected people that much, they may have some other problems to work on that the experience uncovered.

If the complete script has scenes that let the story make more sense, Avatar deserves some nominations in the major categories.

One point that occurs to me: Avatar turns the alien invasion subgenre on its head by making us the invaders

Beethoven's Ninth is a well-worn warhorse, but am I the only person visting this site who's thinking of it(with fresh ears)?

Lots of good posts here>.


Eric Kyle

Very true..but I wouldn't kill myself..Avatar has changed a lot of ppl..

Sandman

Before I read this, I heard about people committing suicide. I sort of understand them and sort of disagree with them. It's true that it's saddening to live in a world we're in now, but it isn't worth killing yourself at all. It's funny that I actually did feel sad after every time I saw the movie (which was 3 times). Upset that we can't enjoy such a perfect, beautiful world like Pandora. Sorry, James, but I don't think walking in our woods can make us feel better. Our woods don't have swirly plants that recoil, grounds that glow, and lizards that spin. lol

Naviblue.com

This is true. CNN wrote the article about the blues AFTER a few Bloggers had already done so. I've seen a few blogs on the Avatar blues almost a week before CNN posted it. Yes, I checked www.naviblue.com's referral websites. I visited the sites that were linking to us out of curiosity. As to whether CNN ripped off the story or sheer coincidence, I don't know.

Na'viDelphia

I tried posting this message here several times and they've gone straight to my log. They've taken everywhere else so far. One more try.

I spoke with a friend who saw Avatar and said that leaving the movie theater after that was having to come back into this boring world. I think that if any of us lived on Pandora, if it existed, we would probably take it for granted. The film hasn't had quite that effect on me, although I wished that I could combine The Lathe of Heaven with this story, have an effective dream and wake up on Pandora. Not happening. I'm still trying to go lucid as it is. Had some close calls.

I think the problem some people, including critics, have is the idea that Jake just up and left everything and everyone back here behind. When you look at the opening scene it the script, it makes a little more sense(look for an ARCO ad from the 70's on YouTube if its still there-eerily similar). In the present cut, Jake touches on the point that the Earth is no longer green(how are we eating?). I thought that we were making progress on the environment. Apparently James Cameron doesn't think so and that it will get worse. No wonder: the population in our country and around the world is still growing. Therefore, by staying on Pandora in his onetime avatar body, he chooses life. I thought he might regret his decision and the next film would touch on it, now I doubt it. He'll never have to wear a mask again. Thanks to Cameron for recommending that we appreciate the beauty our planet has while it's still here. I do that whenever I can. We have some decent scenery around here, but after seeing the Grand Canyon, I think the West is the real deal. Love to see more. Still, I think if the movie has affected people that much, they may have some other problems to work on that the experience uncovered. If the complete script has scenes that let the story make more sense, Avatar deserves some nominations in the major categories.

One little twist I like: Avatar turns the alien invasion subgenre on its head by making us the invaders

Lots of well-put posts here.>.

Na'viDelphia

Moment of DUH!! I didn't notice until now that barely noticeable little nib that tells you to turn the page, so I ended up taking space with at least half a dozen editions of the the same submission(bats self upside the head).

zero2hero

Like a lot of people, I was obsessed with thoughts about Pandora, the Na'vi, the music, and my life in general. I had so many thoughts come into my mind that I found it hard to focus on my daily work. For me it was more a confusion than a depression I think when I look back at it.

When I saw Avatar for the 4th time, looking for answers about why I felt so confused and couldn't stop thinking about it, I started to get why I was feeling that way. It's just that I was so caught up in the everyday things I thought were so important to me and forgot about what life really means to me. In the end, it was more a big shift than a depression. And one I certainly needed!

I really got what was going on in my head when I read an ebook on the Pandora Effect Phenomenon that a friend recommended to me. It made so much sense to me! Plus it made me feel like I'm not alone. Here's what I got that made all the difference. Pandora woke up in me a desire to be really happy but I didn't really know how to go about it. Not saying I was especially unhappy before, but it's not like I was feeling fantastic about my life. At least not every day. I felt my life was kind of empty, and that emptiness was more obvious after seeing the movie. Guess that's how most people feel anyway. Then it all clicked in: Pandora is really about life and letting it flow. It's hard to explain in a few words without copying entire paragraphs of that ebook. But that's what I got in a nutshell. It inspired me to embrace life with open arms. And I feel so much better and happier now! I can't go back my old way of thinking. It's one of the best thing that's ever happened to me!

Now I feel like smiling every day! :-) Life is great!

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I've seen avatar 2 times in 3d and both times i ended up really happy and motivated. This movie changed my life, now i think different. Just like [AUS]Navi191, now i am more active and i want to experience more adventures. I want to travel arround the world and meet wonderful people.
I love rock climbing and i have to say that avatar inspired me to try things i never thought possible for me. Now i'm on vacations i dont have much things to do, that hurts me, i feel like i'm wasting precious time that i will never have back. Many of my friends are away and places closed for vacations. That makes me really depressed, it's a stomach thing.

(sorry for my english, it's not my main lenguage)

ZenithLord_42

Hah! It was the beautiful scenery and the world of Pandora that captured me, but the Na'vi were what got me the most. After seeing the movie I was disappointed that I'd never get the chance to see a real Na'vi and hear their hauntingly beautiful songs in person. Also, that people would just overlook them as just another movie alien or stereotypical down-trodden people displaced by the "white" man and not see the joy they have in life. One can only hope, but that's what I was sad about. I just wish that people would leave the movie with the positive outlook on life that the Na'vi had!

Pythone

Okay, here is a truly inspriring video, you wo't beliueve how much Earth and Pandora have in common. This truly changed my perception on things.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7_i8GmYSak

I don't know'bout you. But as soon as I leave school....

Tolip

I felt sad because our Earth could have been very much like Pandora haven't human's greed, arrogance and ignorance about the world we're living in have taken over. The pictures of Pandora and the way of life of Na'vi resonate with so many people because they exist deep in our souls hopelessly buried by the layers of the broken values. We compete with the Nature and with each other instead of respecting and collaborating. We worship technological power instead of love and compassion. This movie clearly shows how the whole System of Things on this planet is fundamentally flawed and that what really makes me sad.

david

yea, i agee this blog was a real relief, now that I know that I am not the only one who feels strange. Its not really depressing, but kinda sad and makes you a little confused about what your life is about. I actually had this feeling in lesser amounts with a video game final fantasy x. does anyone have a cure that does not involve going outside?, because it doesnt really work. for me I think i need a better way of looking at the movie than jealously. thanks

david

and one more question. do you guys feel depressed when thinking about the movie, or just depressed in general without thinking about the movie? could it be the fact that you werent as successful as jake sully in becoming a leader, and being happy? cause thats kinda what im feeling

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