All the hype, and I have to be honest, I don’t really like James Cameron’s movies so I was not expecting much in the way of originality. In other words, my expectations for this movie were not exactly high.
It met my expectations. It was half a billion dollars of beautiful mediocrity. Sure, the film looked absolutely amazing. But the characters and the stories were so derivative.
For example, I’ve seen the aliens who were connected so intimately to their ecosystem in Orson Scott Card’s Speaker for the Dead. I have heard the natives struggling against the cold industrialists in any number of films, although none quite as drawn out and painful as Dances with Wolves. And the preachy environmentalism was drawn directly from An Inconvenient Truth.
At over two and a half hours, Avatar was about as long as your average Cameron movie. It had the romance angle, the stunning visuals…yawn. If it hadn’t cost me $12, I probably would have spent most of the movie in the lobby. Actually, come to think of it, I had to go to the bathroom a lot, so I probably did spend a lot of it in the lobby.