Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang
The CGI didn't disappoint, but after spending $230 million (The New Yorker) to nearly $500 million (The New York Times) to make Avatar, we expected to see some good CGI. The actual plot of the movie really took quite a traditional form (the noble savage theme in literature goes back to the Ancient Greeks and Romans) and was easily predictable. We all knew right from the start where the story was going and who was good and who was bad. It was really very simplistic. The characters were one dimensional stereotypes; we've seen them all before. While we all enjoyed watching Avatar, it is hardly the best movie ever made and falls quite short of Cameron's wish to make a sci-fi epic that trumps all previous sci-fi epics. Watch it for the CGI.