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Chad Brand says Avatar is Anti-Custer

Chad Brand says that Avatar is “anti-military, anti-non-green, anti-American (at least Bush and Reagan’s America), and anti-Custer.” This is a clever, short movie review from a theology professor at Boyce College and Southern Seminary. His conclusion: “I liked the film. I will probably watch it again. But I am not going to drink the Koolaid.” Read the rest here.


  • John Holmberg

    Who cares if it’s all of the above? Does that make it “bad” & “wrong”? Do you think we treated the Native Americans properly, Denny? I’ve come to expect this sort of thing from you, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.

  • Scott

    Is there something wrong with being “pro-green?”

    Listening to most evangelicals, you would think that caring about the environment is a cardinal sin. I don’t get it.

  • Ryan K

    “Listening to most evangelicals, you would think that caring about the environment is a cardinal sin. I don’t get it.”

    Just curious Scott, who are these evangelicals? I fail to meet them in masses that are frequently described by some.

    This really seems like a straw man criticism more than anything else. Though I am open to new information.

  • Michael Templin

    @ scott:

    I agree. so many evangelicals have such a problem with any sort of ‘green’ programs. The problem is many green programs are rooted in bad science and are propaganda at best (ie environmentalism which is a religion), yet there is good in being a steward of the earth God gave us dominion over.

  • russware

    So, I’ve now had a chance to go read the review, and I appreciate it. The only significantly negative reviews of the movie I had read all seemed to be right-wingers who couldn’t stop being defensive long enough to actually evaluate the movie on any other basis. I appreciate that Brand is able to enjoy the movie (and even go see it again) in spite of the political messages with which he might not agree. I resonate with those messages more than Brand does, to be sure. But I also completely agree with his critique of the Colonel and Parker characters. Good review… but the ‘anti-Custer’ comment still makes me laugh.

  • Matthew Staton

    Haven’t seen the movie and I haven’t read Chad Brand before but I really like his review. The monochromatic vs. polychromatic criticism has the ring of truth (to mix an audio metaphor with a visual one).

  • D.J. Williams

    Good review from one of my favorite profs. One-note villians have long been one of the shortcomings of Cameron’s films – watch Billy Zane in Titanic or Michael Biehn in The Abyss and you get the same thing.

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