I went to see Avatar last week. I saw it in 3D. The effects, the photography, the technological acheivements of the film, are stunning. The story is basically the same as Dances With Wolves, and the characters are comic book, cliche-ridden, predictable and, in some cases, laughable (in my opinion). I recognised character types from the Alien films, and from numerous now boring adventure-blockbusters. Religion is a major part of the story, but it is less interesting than the religion hinted at in Dances With Wolves. Here we have a mix of New Age nonsense, Pantheism and Paganism. The last 15 minutes of the film are unbelievable and contain five minutes of emotional twaddle.
Ultimately, this expensive, much-hyped technological marvel is empty. I would much rather watch a good English black and white crime thriller with some good character acting or an old John Ford movie. In my opinion, once you get over the incredible effects (they are impressive)Avatar becomes annoying, then boring, then sickening. Sorry Avatar fans. I have tried to be fair.