I don't see what there IS to like about this movie.
Nobody in the movie has an original character nor are any inspired performances turned in. We have the brooding soldier torn between his ethics and his orders. We have the proud native princess who doesn't know if she can trust the beautiful white boy she has her heart on. We have the spicy latina soldier who cracks wise and don' take no shit from nobody, mmm mm. We have the stern, manifest destiny touting Colonel trying to out Ermey Ermey.
Sigourney was the only performance in that movie that I enjoyed, and I can't even tell you what purpose she served to the plot in her 10 minutes of screen time. She smoked, then she died. I guess that's usually the sequence of events, but damn.
So if the characters are already stale by the time the movie starts, then what do we have left? The plot? It is LITERALLY Dances With Pocahontas In Fern Gully: Revolutions. The visuals? Well I actually saw Fern Gully as a kid and have seen Zangarmarsh in WoW, and between those two you've got Pandora. I didn't see it in 3D- but I did see Friday the 13th part 3 in 3D and it didn't enhance much for me.
What else might save it? Well, I suppose as long as there weren't any jarring wtf moments and the message itself didn't piss me off, I could give this movie a pass. Oh wait. Listen, when we said the native americans had a special connection with nature, WE DIDN'T MEAN THEIR HAIR WAS A FUCKING USB WAND. That doesn't make sense, and it's a level of preachy douchebaggery that I literally haven't seen before. Speaking of preachy, I'm really tired of white guilt movies. I haven't ever enslaved or conquered anyone, so I'm kinda past feeling bad about what my long dead genetic predecessors might have done. But what REALLY gets me is this: towards the end of the movie, they've set up that Pandora isn't going to save them and that it's up to them to fight off the invasion. Pandora, of course, being God for all intents and purposes. Then they start losing the fight and "God" sends aaalll the animals and shit to swing the fight in their favor.
So the message here is this: don't murder the indians and blow up their holy land to get to their oil, or else God will smite you. Oh, and trees and shit.
Fuck Avatar. Jim Cameron waited 15 years to make this, and then the public actually ate it up. I shudder at what he'll do next. And this is coming from a guy who puts Titanic in his top 3.