We just returned from seeing Avatar. I admit that I wasn’t as excited to see this film as dh. He’s been looking forward to the movie for quite a while. (I’m really looking forward to Sherlock Holmes.) The special effects definitely live up to all the hype. It’s hard to spot where the real people disappear and the effects take over. Bravo on that one.
The world Cameron created was visually stunning. Very colorful, unique animals and flora, truly impressive. I’d say the movie is worth seeing for the effects and world building alone. You’ve never seen anything like it.
The story itself definitely reminds me of Dances with Wolves (ie soldier encounters natives, stays true to mission for a while, begins to sympathize, then goes native, etc.). This aspect is wound around a love story and a pro-environment tale. The movie doesn’t get too preachy, which was a nice change. Several of the characters come off as a tad cliche and familiar (ie you feel like you’ve seen them before in other films). It definitely has more of a love story than I expected. In fact, the relationship is prominent, which was surprising. (As a romance writer I was okay with that. *g*)
The bottom line is the film is visually stunning, action-packed, and engaging. If you’re okay with the storyline, then you’ll truly enjoy the movie. For the effects alone, it’s worth seeing. We plan to see it again because we have no doubt we missed things on the screen. Like I said, it’s a very big world. There’s a lot to explore on Pandora.