Avatar does have similarities to movies of the past (I thought Pocahontas and Fern Gully right away...) but that doesn't mean that it isn't special. It is special. It's magic. It's very well made. And it is a movie that has enough originality to stand out amongst all the movies I have ever seen in my 25 years of life thus far.
It can't beat out Moulin Rouge as my favorite movie ever, but I will say this: It is an important movie. I think everyone should see it, with open mind and open heart.
I'm not the only one. Check out this enthusiastic gush, I mean... review of Avatar.
Zoe Saldana, who has been on my radar since I first saw her in Center Stage. She plays Neytiri, one of the Na'vi on Pandora where the movie takes place, so basically, she never looks like Zoe Saldana, human being, during any of this movie. So her job, in my opinion, was much harder than some others in the film, because she had to express every tiny emotion through her voice. And she did. It was incredible.
What more can I say about this movie? I guess... just watch it. Watch it, with an open mind and an open heart and with open eyes and ears. See if you agree with me or not. But no matter what anyone else thinks, this movie was magical and moving to me and it stirred feelings inside me that I feel are going to bring a change into my life. And I am so grateful that James Cameron made this movie. It is amazing.