Every now and then, a movie comes along that makes you believe in something beyond your own reality. The first experience I had with that was, as a child, seeing the original Star Wars movie in 1977. I left the theater in awe and desperately wanting a lightsabre of my own!
There have been other movies where I walked out feeling that same incredible disorientation of not returning to my own reality right away... Lord of the Rings , Narnia , Terminator , the Passion of Christ , some of the Star Trek movies and, of course, Titanic .
Seeing Avatar today was even more profound. I truly felt as if I had set foot on Pandora and experienced another culture, another way of looking at the world... one that was far more in harmony with their planet than ours.
This was not just a movie... it was an EPIC... and I believed!
To James Cameron , I tip my hat for the 3rd time in my life. This movie not only pushed the boundaries of what has been possible up until now, it reminded me and scores of movie goers that the STORY matters. Just as he used a make-believe love story to bring home the tragedy of the Titanic’s sinking in a way that moved people to the core, this time he has crafted a story of how love can trancend even species and how the greedy, human “consumer” way of putting profit above all else is NOT the best for any species or any planet. If there is a world like Pandora out there, I hope that humans never discover it!
Like J.K Rowling , Stephenie Meyer , George Lucas , C.S. Lewis , Tolkein or any great storyteller, James Cameron has overseen something truly unique and original. It is SO powerful when someone puts their creativity out there for the world to enjoy... it changes us on a level that lingers with us for the rest of our lives.
To the many, many talented people who worked on creating this movie to bring it to life, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have reminded me of why I always wanted to draw pictures or tell stories. It is like holding a rainbow or lightning in your hand when you see the finished project... it takes your breath away and just leaves you saying...
INHALE: I still feel out of breath from today’s experience. When I close my eyes, I can see some of the best scenes play out against my eyelids. I have already downloaded James Horner’s incredible soundtrack to my iPod and I can’t wait to see the film again with Nick. He had to go back to work today, but he will be my excuse to see it again at least one more time on the big screen.
EXHALE: The next time you have an idea that you are afraid to bring to life, remember that the first step in any magic, in any change, in anything becoming possible, is that you must say YES to the idea. Then you must do all of the hard workto bring that idea to life! Don’t be afraid of the work involved... of the sweat... of the way it will make you feel vulnerable. You may be the only one that can bring a certain vision to life for the world to enjoy. What dreams, stories, images have been hiding inside you, longing to be born but held prisoner by your own fears? Writing a few of them down may be the first step in saying YES to something incredible.