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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Andy in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson 2017)   
    The ST may not be a great trilogy but it's better than no movies/scores at all.  
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi (Rian Johnson 2017)   
    The ST may not be a great trilogy but it's better than no movies/scores at all.  
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Nick1Ø66 in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    Meh. Here's the thing...part of what made Avatar so successful is that is a simple story. That story, which as you mentioned has been told many times before (Dances With Wolves, Pocahontas, Last Samurai, etc.) has a universality, and simplicity to it, that people connect with. It's an old story, and clearly strikes a chord with audiences. 
     
    Say what you will about Cameron, he's a smart director. He knew exactly what he was doing. He knew well enough that he couldn't throw all this new technology at audiences, and feature a film consisting entirely of blue giants running around in a totally CGI environment and tell a complicated story with complex characters. Avatar was supposed to be an experience that immersed you in a totally different world for a couple of hours. If you spent a lot of time having to think about plot, that spell would have been broken. From a filmmaking standpoint, by giving the audience a kind of cinematic comfort food in terms of the story, it made them more open to the completely new visual experience they were seeing. The audience was a fish out of water on Pandora, as the protagonist was, and by the end they went native as he did. It's brilliant what Cameron did, actually (and Cuarón made much the same choice in Gravity). The un-originality, as you call it, was a feature, not a bug.  And obviously, the success of the film speaks for itself.
     
    That said, Avatar does in fact lose much of its power on repeated viewings (as does Gravity), especially watching at home...I enjoyed in the cinema, but barely got through a second viewing on Blu-Ray. When you take away the immersive experience, the movie's thinness in plot and character do come to the forefront. So if I seems like I'm a great lover of this film, I'm not. I just respect that Cameron knew what he was doing. 
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Manakin Skywalker in Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold, June 30 2023)   
    I hope it has a scene of Indy on a skateboard.
    Do it like the reveal of the motorcycle in the Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra scene
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from mstrox in Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold, June 30 2023)   
    I hope it has a scene of Indy on a skateboard.
    Do it like the reveal of the motorcycle in the Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra scene
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from rpvee in Indy 5 to begin recording Tuesday morning!   
    Someone make a mock up quick!
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Chen G. in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    Disagree.
     
    I like movies to be earnest. Period.
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Brando in Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold, June 30 2023)   
    I hope it has a scene of Indy on a skateboard.
    Do it like the reveal of the motorcycle in the Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra scene
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Cerebral Cortex in Indiana Jones 5 (James Mangold, June 30 2023)   
    I hope it has a scene of Indy on a skateboard.
    Do it like the reveal of the motorcycle in the Scherzo for Motorcycle and Orchestra scene
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Chen G. in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    On their own, they could be seen as somewhat intense. But within the context of what had come before...
     
    You can't spoon-feed audiences some 40-odd hours of what are ostensibly action-comedies (actually, I would say, action-farces) and then expect them to take anything seriously.
     
    That's the one thing Avatar has over the MCU: its earnest, and in today's world that counts for a lot, at least to me.
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Schilkeman in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    Yeah, there’s an element of “ok, sure,” that goes along with sci-fi and fantasy world building. The problems come if the creators aren’t being internally consistent with the world they’ve created. You tell me all the fauna on this planet have LAN connections? Sure I’ll buy that. But you can’t change the rules the next time out.
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Schilkeman in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    I think it was set up as trying to gain their trust and get them to move peacefully. There are certainly parallels to this in American history. I think the one truly original thing Avatar does, and this is more in concept than execution, is have Sully literally become a N'avi. Not just a member of the tribe, but a member of the species. I think it's a neat sci-fi idea that (somewhat, arguably, maybe) avoids the white savior trap of a lot of these stories.
     
    In any case, I agree with some here that I would much rather see one auteur's nine figure baby go up in flames than watch another production-line, low-stakes, ephemeral Marvel movie waste two hours of my life. At least he's trying, and who knows, maybe it'll be great.
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from ThePenitentMan1 in Indy 5 to begin recording Tuesday morning!   
    Someone make a mock up quick!
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from crumbs in Indy 5 to begin recording Tuesday morning!   
    Someone make a mock up quick!
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from Brando in Indy 5 to begin recording Tuesday morning!   
    Someone make a mock up quick!
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to BrotherSound in Indy 5 to begin recording Tuesday morning!   
    JoAnn Kane Music Service just posted what’s likely a small peak at the score:
     

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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Jay in 15 essential John Williams scores, ranked (Entertainment Weekly)   
    I like that word.  Oeuvre.  It pleases me.
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    Not Mr. Big got a reaction from PokeDocMatt in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    I never got the "Pocahontas in space" argument.  Like so many other films, Avatar takes inspiration from multiple sources and creates an original new thing.  (Star Wars and Indiana Jones were inspired by the serials of Lucas's youth, Alien was pitched as "Jaws in space").   
     
    The MCU (in this case, Endgame) takes established, beloved IP characters and has them run around in bland, stakeless plots while saying "remember this?" to the audience. Their success is based purely off of brand recognition/previous franchise entries while Avatar didn't rely on any of that stuff.  
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to mstrox in Avatar 2, 3 and 4 or how James Cameron stopped worrying and pulled The Hobbit on us   
    Pocahontas didn’t have a guy in a freak*ng robot suit at the end
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to Andy in 15 essential John Williams scores, ranked (Entertainment Weekly)   
    I’d keep Far and Away and sub out SPR with Temple of Doom. Since there are three Star Wars films on the list, there should be two Indy’s.. and Temple of Doom is an achievement by any measure. 
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    Not Mr. Big reacted to mstrox in New Spielberg movie: The Fabelmans (2022)   
    Still can’t get over the name Sammy Fabelman 
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