Given all the buzz about Avatar, I really wanted to see this in the theater. Of course, thanks to that same buzz, I had a pretty good idea what to expect: beautiful effects coupled with a relatively unoriginal story.
There’s been a lot of criticism about this one. Over at i09, Annalee Newitz criticizes it as a white man’s guilt movie. Others describe it as a mutant love child of Ferngully, Dances with Wolves, Pocahontas, and the Smurfs.
Valid points, but they miss one very important question: All those mind-blowing special effects, and your subtitles are in Papyrus font? Really?
Moving on to more serious (and spoilery) thoughts, in no particular order… More