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They are 2 different movies, in a lot of ways.
Thats like saying all cop movies are the exact same, or all alien stories are the exact same.or dogs. or jim carrey. or whatever. They are. but they are very different.
Or you could just say all movies with humans in them are the same. where do we draw the line?
Could be worse, a large majority of films being released are remakes.
peloos, you have been so cool in my day here it IAB, but you are slipping recently
If you wanna go see it, it`s worth the price of admission. If you don`t and you`re honestly hung up on this overanalytical nerd tack...hey, go for it but can I just say...we. get. it. already.
It`s a style of story...an archetype, known as either Stranger in a Strange Land, or Brave New World. The method of story telling is as old as time.
The final movie bears only the most cursory resemblance to the original script.
There`s a difference between portraying a classic tale and directly ripping off a classic tale.
Star Wars was Arthurian myth set in space. It took all the old cliches, all the old archetypes, and blended them into a unique and successful film.
Avatar is purely derivative. The plot goes beyond uninspired- it`s utterly dull and predictable, and its simplicity is padded by minute after minute of CGI that does nothing but show itself off.
Personally I think there`s something wrong when I can correctly guess the whole damn plot after watching the trailer. Guy is sent to infiltrate natives, guy develops love interest, guy has change of heart, guy reveals his betrayal to natives, guy wins back favor through deus ex machina, guy leads natives against the evil oppressors. The end.
How many "boy meets girl" movies are there? There are no new stories, there are only new ways of telling them. Avatar was exceptional in it`s portrayal of this classic tale.
The story of Pocohantus has been around SINCE THE 1600`S! Do YOUR freaking research.
Just think, in ten years, you`ll look back on and and think, "Dear God those effects were horrible." Just like people did for Titanic.
The movie was painfully looooooooooong.
I didn`t think that Avatar was that great. :(
And I hate how people keep saying it`s pioneering amazing new special effects and all that poo. Stereoscopic cameras have been around for more than 100 years. drat, you can even go to youtube and watch stereoscopic videos. It`s not as big a deal as people are making it out to be at all.
A day later I realized the plot was pretty average.
Mabie I would have realized sooner had I seen Pocahontas, but I didn`t.