Avatar Ascendant

Why James Cameron's megahit is rewriting the rules and the record books

It has no stars. It's not a sequel. It isn't the screen version of a best-selling novel, a comic-book franchise or the Bible. It's got a lot of battle scenes, so women certainly wouldn't want to go see it. It's also the most tree-hugging movie ever, with a defiantly leftish agenda — at the climax, we're meant to cheer when American soldiers get killed. And what does the title mean, anyway?

Avatar, in other words, has none of the selling points that are supposed to guarantee hit status for a big-budget movie. Yet James Cameron's enviro-epic, with no famous name attached...

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