I do not go to movies in theatres very often. But when both my older son, David Ricardo Palmer, and former student, David Henderson recommended Avatar, I agreed to go see it. As David Henderson pointed out, the movie has a strong moral theme of defense of property rights. The more primitive society had something the high-tech folks wanted; the high-tech folks were unable to negotiate a purchase, and so they tried to take it by force.
But I didn't see the movie as an anti-war movie (as Henderson claimed), since the defenders clearly resorted to the use of force to protect their property rights. I did see the movie as anti-imperialism, almost trite and over-the-top on this score. And to be frank, I really don't go for sci-fi type adventure movies.
My son, like most reviewers, did not seem particularly impressed by the plot but was very impressed by the computer graphics and the 3-D. I'll grant that the computer graphics were very well done. But the 3-D effects, per se, didn't seem any more impressive than the ones I remember from more than 55 years ago in the movie, Fort Ti, which also used orthogonal polarization (instead of red-blue lenses) to enable the 3-D effect.
As I reflected on the experience, I realized that there was a tremendous amount of work and creativity that went into the 3-D animation. Nevertheless, I wouldn't rate the movie all that high. Maybe an 8 for special effects, but a 4 for plot; overall 6 out of 10. Despite the awesome computer graphics, the movie just didn't do it for me. It was another underdog, Karate Kid, David-and-Goliath type ho-hum predictable plot.