So I finally saw Avatar. I was aware of this movie's main message long before I first put on the 3D goggles. Primitive, tribal, arrow-shooting aliens - good, advanced technology-using humans - bad. This is quite ironic since the only interesting thing about this movie turned out to be the mind-bogglingly advanced technology that made its alien world come alive in 3D. The story itself is quite mediocre.
About the tech: the 3D was spectacular, though not without occasional problems. Sometimes characters appeared thinner than they should have been and sometimes things that should have been in focus were out of it. A lot of talented artists must have put a lot of effort into creating Pandora's fauna. The horse, the lion, the dog, the dragon of human mythology and many other creatures were reimagined in a fresh, exciting way.
Sadly, not so for the PC dogma saturating Avatar's script. Besides the tired old noble savage delusion the movie had a lot to say about the evils of civilized manhood. The genius scientist character is of course played by a woman who makes obligatory fun of civilized hero's (but never of the noble savages') intelligence. And this is from a guy who's known as a techie. The main character's betrayal of his own, which in this case means all of humanity, is served up as heroism. The same exact traits (a martial ethos, for example) are presented as unforgivably evil among civilized men and as ennobling among the savage aliens. There are plugs for global warming awareness, anti-capitalism (this from the creator of all the biggest blockbusters of his generation), and the modern anti-war movement. Even though I'm against the Iraq and Afghanistan wars myself, seeing Cameron's hyper-hypocritical ass come out as anti-war almost made me want to turn pro-war.