Ok, we went to the movies today in Albany. A special trip to the Imax to take in Avatar on a two story high screen with full digital sight and sound. We thought that we would be the only ones there, excepting a few other early-bird old farts. Not true, the place was 80% full.
So, to get it out of the way, this movie is a classic American morality tale. Re-runs of the old cowboy movies deliver the same messages. The only updating is the corporate villain, the natives as good guys, and the new age touchy-feely stuff about the interconnected world spirit. Similar ground has also been rummaged through almost continuously for decades in the science fiction world.
Nevertheless, Avatar is enormously entertaining, even enthralling at times. The visual and audio experience is completely engaging. The enormous array of special effects support the story line without sticking out with moments where you might say there were gratuitous displays of technique. A very worthwhile trip to the movies. And, as the corporate blather before the movie began, seeing it in full digital audio and visual on an enormous screen is something that you can not find at home.