The sad part about Avatar is that beyond it's impressive visual flair, it is wholly unmemorable. The story plods along for most of its run time. It builds a fantastical world, but it is never interesting, captivating beyond the visual. The cinematography is great in spots, but there superfluous extended shots that just show off the GCI and 3D that do nothing for the movie other than hinder it. Had the movie been cut down, it would have been a decent action movie with an interesting twist.
Overall Enjoyment: 30/40, Plot/Themes: 10/20, Cinematography/Direction: 20/20, Acting/Writing: 5/20 This film is an amazing visual success and is definitely paving the way for future film-making technology. On that merit alone it is an enjoyable experience and completely worth seeing. The story itself is only decent though and I don't think I would have any desire to watch this at home without the 3d tech.
A boundless chimeric achievement of visual splendor. The world of Pandora is filled with life, wonder and unforeseen beauty; in many respects it harkens back to the romantic notion of being one with nature. Nevertheless, the clumsy writing, one-dimensional characters, and cliche plot about an embroiled war pitting man versus nature weakens its strong suits. Moreover, the silly pantheistic, environmental and anti-capitalists undertones reduces the overall appeal and effectiveness of the film.
What it lacks (severely) in original story and realistic drama, it nearly makes up for with incredible visuals and perhaps the most thoroughly realized alien world to date. Its worth seeing, perhaps more than once, just for the spectacle of visiting the world they created, though I might rather put on some headphones and listen to music the 2nd time through.
Although this is a good film, it is not that far above average. It looks great, for sure, but in terms of storytelling is frankly absent compared to Cameron's older Titanic. The visual spectacle combined with Stephen Langs hillarious and brilliant character make it worth seeing at the cinema, but if you can't see it 3D, you might as well not bother. See Star Trek instead. Same year, way better.
I describe this movie more as "cool" than I do "good." The effects and everything are cool and it makes it fun to watch once (on a good TV), but after that, you realize how cliche the story is and how unoriginal the writing and dialogue are. It's Fern Gully, Pocahontas and Dances With Wolves combined into a sci-fi film with blue creatures. Amazing CGI though.
Talking to a friend after the movie and will steal his line, "This was more an experience than a movie.". I think that sums up the way I feel about it. Saw it in 3D-Imax and thought the graphics and attention to detail were probably the best I had ever seen. That in itself made the movie for me because the plot wasn't strong. The human acting was ok/unintentionally funny at best, and the avatar acting I have no way to rate because I wouldn't know what to compare it to.