James Cameron’s Avatar, released summer 2009, is a good example of a Utopian society. The costumes and props used in this movie were all computer generated and fit the mood very well. The viewer is immersed into a new world on one of Jupiter’s moons and you learn to appreciate the world so much that you feel bad for the native species (Navii) when they start to get attacked by the human army. For this reason, the costumes and props were extremely important in the movie.
The setting in this movie goes along with the costumes and props, they too influence the viewers feelings toward the human invasion because the computer generated world is cool to look at. The viewer does not want to see that destroyed. The camera techniques are different throughout the film. Sometimes it is a large pan across the whole jungle, or other times it is a close up of the detail in the character’s faces along with action shots in fight scenes. The music in this movie is different as the movie goes on. It sets the mood for the scene.
The movie is about three hours long, but it goes by really fast. For this reason, I think they did a great job with the pacing and organization, you never get bored. The whole plot was in an order that was easy to understand, so you weren’t trying to figure out what was happening the whole time. I knew what was happening the whole time because of the character’s narratives. They described what was going on and what was going to happen without being too obvious about it and give away and ideas. The plot was unbelievable, of course, because it was on an alien planet, but it can be related to very realistic things happening in our world today.