[from the stabenow.com vaults, July 10, 2011]
My main objection to Avatar is that there isn’t one quotable line in the whole shebang.
In a film speculated to have cost anywhere from $230 million (The New Yorker) to nearly $500 million (The New York Times), it seems like spending a couple of million on a decent writer wouldn’t have been a bad idea. Avatar is beautiful to look at, the new film tech is spectacular, it is unquestionably a game changer, definitely a, um, Star Wars moment in film history, but there is isn’t a single line in it to compare with
Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.
Aren’t you a little short for a storm trooper?
or, hell, even
May the Force be with you.
Don’t get me wrong, I will forever revere James Cameron for Aliens
and Terminator 2
the sources of many great lines, like
They can bill me.
Anybody not wearing 2 million sunblock is gonna have a real bad day.
but there is nothing remotely approaching this caliber of dialogue in Avatar. Although at knitting yesterday Marian did remind me there was one memorable word.