But with good effects. I know, you have probably heard TONS of reviews like this, but that is what this movie is. A lame, annoying, preachy, and manipulative story with 1 dimensional, unlikeable characters, but with good effects. Good effects are not always enough to save a movie, best demonstrated here. Ok, let me explain, lets start with the story: Like I just said, it is lame and cliched. It tells the most overused story ever told, where the Imperialist assholes come down looking for land and oi- I mean, Unobtanium, and have to use violent methods to remove the local population. The characters are even worse. I will admit there is 1 or 2 good performances, and 1 REALLY entertaining, yet terrible one (you know who I am talking about), but no actor could've worked with this material. The characters literally have no depth, they exist only to do what the plot demands, even if it makes no sense to their motivations. None of them go beyond their cimple stereotype, and that bothers me. As for the themes, well... They, like the rest of the movie, are annoying, overused, lazy, and preachy beyond all belief. I hate these movies exclusively invested in making me feel guilty as an American, because of all the horrible things that my ancestors did to the native Americans and the blacks. I get it, they were bad people and I should feel bad, so shut up about it. But the native Americans were not perfect either, what with the Aztecs sacrificing hundreds of people on a temple, or pretty much every tribe executing war crimes. The Na'vi are supposed to be perfect too, but like the native americans, you easily notice they are not. Just look at the "itjustbugsme" page, under the broken aesop category, that explains it better than I can. Now, I know I have been bashing this movie a lot just now, but the movie is not god-awful. It is mediocre, but its not bad, it has some good performances (especially from the guy who played Quartich and the girl who played the girl Na'vi, I dont even remember her name) and the effects are fantastic. But its not a masterpiece, despite what many say, and that is why I hate this movie so much, not because of the film itself (well, that too...) but because it was advertised and hyped up as being a masterpiece. Its not. Its just OK, so just go watch it once, then never again. Its not worth sitting though it for more viewings. C-.
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