Avatar is an amazing movie from a visual point of view, but if you look further... there's not that much more, it lacks human emotions & realism.
Still, it's probably the best sci-fi movie ever made, and it's something to experience at the movie theatre, in 3-D.
It's surely the best if you're looking for great action scenes and distruction, but if you're looking for something more you'll probably get disappointed.
The plot is very predictable, but the almost 3 hours go by very fast... if you're watching it in 3-D you get really cought into Pandora, and fall in love with that exciting planet.
Once you think you're done with Pandora you understand that you just want more, you wanna go back there.
This is probably Cameron's secret: create such a beautiful place to be (in 1997 that was the Titanic, in 2009 that's Pandora) that the audience comes back and back again to be there again...
Me myself, even if I haven't found THAT much in "Avatar" (except from army, military bases, colonization, destruction, ... - Come on guys, this is another overrated movie!), after seeing it for the first time I just wanted to see it again, just to get back on Pandora and be surrounded by that marvellous plants and animals, and FLY... the flying scenes were probably the most exciting to me.
With "Avatar" director James Cameron demonstrate he deserved his Academy Award as Best Director for Titanic; I still think it's amazing to watch all the work he did.
Somebody said that there are messages in this movie, and that these messages are about racism and naturalism... In my opinion, if you're really looking for those messages you're gonna find them, but if you're just watching Avatar because of the acion scenes you won't get those messages because they're very hidden ones.
Is this movie going to change movie history, or the way movies are made? Could be, but I won't be so sure about it... Filmakers in the past tried many times to get all movies in 3-D, but didn't make it.
I really don't see the reason why everybody thinks that after "Avatar" more and more movies will be made in 3-D, and that this movie will succeed where other movies didn't succeed...
My opinion? "Avatar" is just an exception, the story starts and ends here, or maybe could work with animation and action movies. We'll never get "Gone With the Wind", or "There Will Be Blood", or "No Country for Old Man" in 3-D.