Alice Through the Looking Glass
There is no magic, no wonder, just junk rehashed from a movie that was itself a rehash of Lewis Carroll, tricked out with physically unpersuasive…
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"We had it in and we cut it out. So that will be something for the special edition DVD, if you want to see how they have sex." -- James Cameron
UPDATE (01/19/10): "Avatar to Get the Porno Treatment via Hustler"
Writer-director James Cameron acknowledged in his Playboy interview that he insisted his Pandora-dwelling Na'vi females "have tits," even though "that makes no sense because her race, the Na'vi, aren't placental mammals." In the same interview he said, "I designed her costumes based on a taparrabo, a loincloth thing worn by Mayan Indians."
Yes, I was wondering about that. In my first "Avatar" post, I listed a few minor questions I had about details in Cameron's reportedly ultra-detailed Pandoran universe. Among them: "The Na'vi wear loincloths, but their genitals don't appear to be located in their "crotchal regions," so what's the point?"
Perhaps we have the answer. Fox has posted Cameron's WGA-nominated script for awards consideration [download .pdf], and the missing sex scene between Jake and Neytiri can at last be read, if not yet seen (pp. 89 - 91):
He puts his face close to hers. She rubs her cheek against his. He kisses her on the mouth. They explore each other. Then she pulls back, eyes sparkling.
She pulls him down until they are kneeling, facing each other on the faintly glowing moss.
Neytiri takes the end of her queue and raises it. Jake does the same, with trembling anticipation. The tendrils at the ends move with a life of their own, straining to be joined.
MACRO SHOT -- The tendrils INTERTWINE with gentle undulations.
JAKE rocks with the direct contact between his nervous system and hers. The ultimate intimacy.
They come together into a kiss and sink down on the bed of moss, and ripples of light spread out around them. THE WILLOWS sway, without wind, and the night is alive with pulsing energy as we DISSOLVE TO --
LATER. She is collapsed across his chest. Spent. He strokes her face tenderly.
She raises up, placing her fingertips to his chest --
(she touches his forehead)
This spirit is real.
Her eyes are luminous, honest, infinitely deep.
Spirit is all that matters.
She lays her head down, against his chest, listening to his heartbeat.
Oh. I forgot to tell?
He rouses up, making her look at him.
Jake considers this.
He lays his head down, and her arms enfold him, sheltering him as he sleeps.
OK, but do they have belly buttons (Na'vi-els?) and, if so, why? Plus, I still want to know more about how they use their tails -- for balance, or whatever. Guess they had to save something for the sequels....
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