After looking over the many replies in this thread it reminds me why I stopped hanging out in forums in the first place. It's like watching a cat chase it's tail for hours. It's never gonna catch that goddamn tail! But at the same time, you can't help but watch. It's almost addictive.
Devin's advocate about talking about movies is understandable. It can be fun, although sometimes I find that it turns into a pissing contest about who's right and who's wrong.
One man's trash could be another man's treasure.
I'm not sure Avatar will have legs to carry it throughout the years. I'm not sure if it's an age thing but there are only a few movies I can return to over and over again. And I think it's strictly about feeling Nostalgic My favorite movie of all time isn't even a great film. Bram Stokers dracula because it was the first novel I read at the age of 12 on the cusp of becoming a teenager, it was one of the last movies I saw with my mom and I love vampires.
Recently I can't get enough of the movie Stardust. I think that film is a perfect fantasy adventure that works on every level.
I loved Children of men, District 9, the new Star Trek, but upon repeat viewings I feel the ADD kick in and my mind wanders. They don't hold my interest like some films do.
Cameron's movies are usually low brow enough to appeal to that wide audience. Never too smart and never too dumb, it's like a middle ground between District 9 and transformers, which is why I think it will resonate with a lot of people.
After considering the paths Cameron could have taken with this movie I felt he missed a lot of opportunities. I wish there was more time spent on Earth, showing how bad it has become. Showing Jake's life and how depressing it is. His daily routine, maybe him and his wife/gf weren't getting along, and when his twin brother died it is revealed that they were having an affair to add insult to injury. Jake considers taking his life when the suits show up.
Also with The character of Grace, maybe it would have been important to have her human body dying of lung cancer due to the cigarettes she keeps sucking back. Her mission there was to find a way to permanently bond with her Avatar thus saving her life.
The whole mystical dance chanting routine of the Navi to upload Grace or Jakes body into the tree could have been completely done away with. At the end of the movie Eywa should have saved Jake after he had been badly hurt, and about to die. Saving him in an Act of god, miracle way.