I just watched the movie Avatar today. I was knocked over by the special effects, and the story engaged me, but one thing really seems amateurish, and I could not easily get past it. It is something that should interest writers because it deals with infusing one’s ideas into the story. Many people want to comment on the society they live in, even if they are writing about another world. Handling social commentary can be tricky, as demonstrated by the writers who crafted the script for Avatar – they handled it clumsily. I will try to explain the situation for those who have not seen the movie – and I’ll try not to spoil it. Basically, we have the human race on an alien planet ruining the landscape in search of a precious metal. The humans kind of piss off the natives, and so the blue people gather their tribes and are ready to take out the human settlement. The general (or whoever this guy is who is commanding the marines) makes this statement as he readies his men to fight off the incoming natives – it may not be word for word. “We must make a preemptive strike. We will fight terror with terror.” What? It is obviously a reference to U.S. military conduct, but how does it make sense in the context of the story. Far better words could have been chosen. The writers sacrificed an opportunity to write good dialogue, and instead thought that their “message” was more important than the story. What say you? What do you think about social commentary, and how much, or should it, take precedence over the story?