I've heard a lot of mixed things about AVATAR in the last few weeks, so I thought I better check it out and see what the ruckus was all about. I went to the 12:01 screening tonight and I just got home. Some people have called me cynical in the past (you know who you are), but it takes a bigger cynic than me to call this movie anything short of spectacular. Yes, the story is derivative (and what the hell isn't nowadays?) but the vision and execution is amazing. Cameron said he was going to deliver an "immersive" experience and that's exactly what it is. After about 40 minutes I started to feel like I was right there with the screen characters in the amazing world the filmmakers had created. I almost yelled at the screen a half dozen times. Either the movie was very effective or I need to alter my meds (maybe both).
There's plenty to nitpick here, but I'll leave that to everyone else. All I can say is: AVATAR. 3D. IMAX. Go there!
P.S. - Jim Cameron is a madman!