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Explain what central social or cultural issues does the film “Avatar” raise?

Film Reaction

In order to promote application of sociology to popular culture, a film reaction assignment is required throughout the course of the semester. As everyone has varying fields of interest, this will be an independent assignment.

Your critique should be 4-5 typed pages and organized around one or two key questions (I would suggest no more than three). You should also plan to include a brief summary. Although you may choose any sociological issue as a theme for your film critique, here are some questions you might want to consider:

1. What central social or cultural issues does the film raise? If the film seems to emphasize psychological over social themes, does it also attempt to place the psychological issue within a broader social or cultural context?

2. Is social class a factor in the movie, either as part of the story of the movie or as part of the overall tone of the movie?

3. Are gender roles a factor in the movie, either as part of the story of the movie or as part of the overall tone of the movie?

4. What does the film suggest about the cultural mood of the time in which the story was set?

5. In order to analyze this film, what about the context of the times in which the film is set must the viewer understand?

6. Does the film contain any apparent ideological or utopian themes?

7. Does the film contain any apparent political biases?

8. Are the central themes in this movie similar to – or different than – the themes of any of the other films from this era?


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