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My Avatar mini-review (no spoilers)

Good: stunning visual effects, amazing 3D, glorious landscape, wonderful chase sequences and choreography, a vivid and well-imagined world.

mixed metaphors, confusing moral ambitions, lack of subtlety, weakness of dialogue, limited characterisation, general humourlessness, editing (about an hour too much screentime).

Overall: although you may think I’d end up on the negative here, I did enjoy this movie. It’s a landmark film in the development of 3D film and television which I do think represents some really interesting opportunities for entertainment, and I think Mr Cameron has done a remarkable job. I do so wish he had some ability to write dialogue, I can’t help but think that would have made all the difference to my experience of the movie, but I still walked away filled with moderate wonder and awe at the spectacle we’d experienced.