I should be working on revisions to my novel, but instead I am going to write a review of Avatar.

Most of this review will be under a cut, as it shall be rife with spoilers. But here's the short-take. Whoever first said that Avatar should have been called Dances With Fern Gully is 100% spot on the money. There are whole scenes and story ideas stolen from those two films. And yeah, I know. There are no new ideas, only new ways of presenting those ideas. But this isn't even a new way.

Ok, on to the real review. SPOILERS LURK BENEATH! )

So there you have it. Pretty scenery, lovely music, and an engrossing alien culture. But undeveloped characters, horrific plotting, and gratuitous violence detract too much from the setting, and I can't say I would spend the money to see it again.

July 2011

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