Take this, Mr. Beaks and Devin Faraci and all the rest of the anti-Avatar fanboys who’ve dropped to their knees in praise of all kinds of fanboy-cathedral movies in the past, including the tedious, exhausting, mostly unwatchable Lord of the Rings trilogy:
“Like people who can’t dig the Arcade Fire’s album Funeral, I’d find it hard to respect anyone who can’t enjoy this bloody masterpiece. I think it’s so universal, so human, and so ridiculously beautiful that it reveals a pretty serious character deficiency to not be able to go with it. Saying the story is predictable is like saying the view from Tengboche Monastery of Mt. Everest (the most beautiful view I’ve ever seen) lacks surprise because you’ve seen the photos.” — HE reader Plastique Elephant, posting today.