Peter Hartcher’s much more sensible column on Avatar

Following from Miranda Devine’s ridiculous column on the film Avatar, Peter Hartcher has written a much more sensible one (Avatar’s earthlings not nearly as monstrous as Bush) in today’s Sydney Morning Herald. Instead of detiling some supposed ideological bent of Avatar, Hartcher compares the behaviour of the human beings in the film to that of US politicians and warmongers in relation to the Iraq war. As Hartcher says, at least the humans in Avatar are open about their goals.

Hartcher’s column is timely given the just-released film In The Loop, a satire about the  events surrounding the UK and US manoeuvring to go to war in Iraq. The scenes of politicians speaking to the press are hilarious. Go see it – I’d give it 3.5 stars out of 5.

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