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Avatar: Summary and Analysis

Updated on April 18, 2012

Jake Sully is a combat marine who has been injured in battle. As a result, he’s a paraplegic. The VA doesn’t have enough money to repair his legs, so he’s in a wheelchair. After his twin brother is killed, Jake takes his place in a project on Pandora, a distant planet. Earthlings need a rare mineral found there in order to solve the humans’ energy crisis.

Pandora is a hostile environment for humans. The air is toxic, and the wilderness is filled with prehistoric-like savage beasts. Scientists have taken the DNA from the indigenous Pandorans, humanoids called the Na’vi, and combined it with human DNA to create avatars. These avatars can then be controlled by the humans in the quest for the rare mineral.

Jake is seduced by the evil Colonel Quaritch to infiltrate the Na’vi in exchange for an operation on his legs. Jake agrees, but he soon finds himself indebted to a beautiful member of the Na’vi tribe, Neytiri, who saves his life. After Jake falls in love with Neytiri and is indoctrinated into the tribe, his outlook changes. He wants to remain in his avatar persona and protect the people from the annihilation the colonel has planned.

I found this movie to be very entertaining. It’s a wonderful mixture of the past, the present, and the future. For example, many of the creatures on Pandora are futuristic yet prehistoric. The special effects are amazing! This is one you simply must see on the big screen and in 3D at least once. After that, you’ll want to re-watch it at home!

The film contains several examples of social commentary. The fact that the VA has run out of funding could easily be interpreted as a comment on our present economic downturn. The rare mineral needed for energy could represent oil, and the primitive Na’vi could stand for citizens of third world nations who have resources needed by more advanced countries.

The movie could also represent the historical conquest of Native Americans by whites. In fact, this is entirely plausible. One sub-group of Na’vi are called the plains people, and they, like the Plains Indians, are skilled horsemen and warriors. Also, the Na’vi culture is much like that of the Native Americans. They are children of the land, they’re hunters, and they have a deep respect for Nature. Even their dress, their weapons, and their use of “war paint” is much the same.

The climax of the plot is the traditional epic battle of good versus evil. You’ll find yourself cheering for the Na’vi as they fight against almost insurmountable odds in an effort to protect their homeland and their culture.

The scenery in the movie is spectacular, with mountains, waterfalls, and jungle foliage – interspersed with fantastical plants and creatures that will both entertain and amaze viewers. Even if you don’t especially care for science fiction or fantasy, you’ll enjoy this film. The action drags a little in parts – especially at the beginning. After that, however, hang on to your seat! The 3D is so realistic that at times you’ll find yourself ducking or reaching out to feel a falling leaf or seed pod.

Avatar was nominated for four Golden Globe awards, including Best Director, Best Picture (drama), Best Original Score, and Best Original Song. It has also been nominated for nine Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, including Best Action Movie, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Editing, Best Makeup, Best Picture, Best Sound, and Best Visual Effects.

The movie is rated PG-13, for language and violence, although it lacks real blood and gore. Really graphic violence is absent, so I feel that it would be fine for viewers younger than 13, other than the small amount of explicit language used.

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      Leona Puddle 18 months ago

      I love this movie. Jake looks like my boyfriend while I watch this movie I very miss him. He name is Song Jung Ki.

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      Cirrus 18 months ago

      I like movie, it have several seen

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      Samuels-laikoh 18 months ago

      This movie is amazing! I love the special effects.

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      ymgomg12 18 months ago

      i think this movie is good i like visual effect.It's real but i don't like some part in this movie.It's unreasonable.

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      Pnc 18 months ago

      I like song because meaning is so good and story is wonderful.

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      Zara I see you. 18 months ago

      I like the song name I See You ''I pray in my heart that this dream never ends''. This movie is very exciting and Jake is so handsome. but I never watch this movie.

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      fah 18 months ago

      The movie is wonderful :)

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      Babymind 18 months ago

      I like scenery of this movie , it's so elegant ! well done !

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      lnwyutapob 18 months ago

      This movie have interesting plot and visual effect is very excellent.

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      Maiii 18 months ago

      I think that I love this movie.

      "I see you."

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      Rukkiie 18 months ago

      I like the song and the movie .

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      fuufuu 18 months ago

      Wonderful, I really like this movie and used to watch about10+ times. Hope they create AvatarII soon.

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      Eiei 18 months ago

      The sound effects were so well done.

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      mekkung lnw69 18 months ago

      It's really good movie. The 3D is so realistic!.

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      Palm 18 months ago

      The best movie and amazing effect

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      Pao 18 months ago

      I like the song name 'I See You'.

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      nuunuun 18 months ago

      I thought avatar was a WONDERFUL movie.

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      Tanya 18 months ago

      I like theme song of this movie

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      POM 18 months ago

      I like the song " I SEE U "

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      shawn and julia 2 years ago

      We are two students and we are doing a home work on this movie can you help us pls pls pls boooobs

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      maria 4 years ago

      me ha ecantado esta pagina en ingles ya que los españoles nos cuenta encontrar paginas como estas se ha entendido todo muy facilmente

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      juanycris 5 years ago

      wow ,,, ang ganda ng movie po ... pinagaralan po namin to sa school ... i like this movie..

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      Kritika 6 years ago

      Wonderful movie i have ever seen

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      thanks, Axle!

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      Axle 6 years ago

      thank u! for who post this article! u can really help other people ^^

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      Joe Loo 6 years ago

      I love this movie very much, watched over 3 times :D

      The 3D was awesome. It's a great movie.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Chennai, I can't wait for Avatar II!

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      subburam chennai  6 years ago

      Every one must see the movie. The great JAMES CAMERON long live to create such a wonderful films.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm not sure about the HD version of Avatar. Have you asked at the video store?

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      Online Movies Megavideo 6 years ago

      Does any one tell me how can watch avatar in HD - quality i am searching for it but unable to find yet :( ? if you have any place for it so please share it here.

      Thanks a bunch in advance:)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm psyched about a sequel, too!!

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      Avatar 6 years ago

      I thought avatar was a WONDERFUL movie.they so should so make

      a 2nd one and a 3rd lol seriously.I so should give them a heads up

      for having AMAZING special effects,costumes,acting,a wonderful dire

      ctor.I wish I could so be an AVATAR!!!!!!!!it was that cool I thought

      it was kinda sad when Tsu, tey had fallen off the plane and died

      maybe he didn't die maybe he just got shot and fell of the plane

      and how they slide off the GIANT leaves maybe he did that.In the

      2nd one maybe they will find him and will get doctors.I hope that

      they find him he was sweet when he wasn't upset sometimes lol.

      It was sad watching all of the other avatars die though and the

      animals and I liked watching the white ppl die though because

      they were EVIL!!!:(I loved it when eway or what her name was

      the very pure spirits when natirie yelled eway has heard you!!!:):)

      And when the avatars had WON!!!!!:)YYYYAAAAYYYY:);)!!!!!!!!!!!

      And how natirie had told Jake that(I see u and he said I see u

      to"!:)so sweet!!!!!!!!!:):):)and it made me cry because I was so

      freaking happy because they are such a cute couple and that she

      was so much bigger than him lol:):0:plol!!!!:)and how he came to

      life at the end and he opened his eyes and that's what got me

      so excited and that why I watched that movie over and over and

      over again!!!!!:):pSo they need to make a 2nd And 3rd one I can't

      can't wait any longer so hurry up and make on lol:) jk but seriously

      I can't wait any longer or I'm gonna die:):)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!lol lol lol:)

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'm sure you're right, Cat!

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      surlyoldcat 6 years ago

      Was watching again on DVD, I think the rating is for, not the type of violence, but the intensity of said situations and combat. They will do that if the battle is a little too hard-edged.

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      Holle Abee 6 years ago from Georgia

      Jchick, it was a little long!

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      J chick 6 years ago

      great movie overview have the movie rate it about 4/5 because the length

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Where is he??

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      odeh moses 7 years ago from benue state nigeria

      more about michael jackson is only known by his casket

      the real thing is that the king of pop michael jackson is still alive believe it or not

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      odeh moses 7 years ago from benue state nigeria

      more about michael jackson is only known by his casket

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Salman! Thanks for stopping by!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Blogger, I loved Pocohontas. I wasn't wild about Titanic or Alice in Wonderland. I agree about Avatar's plot, but the visuals made up for it for me. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      iBlogger 7 years ago

      You see, when I watch a movie, I like PLOT. Sorry. Avatar just doesn't do it for me. I saw it in 3D on the big screen. The effects were SO inferior to that in Alice in Wonderland. And I think that EVERYONE was reminded of the Natives and their invasion. Want to watch a movie with the same message, but a good story? Disney's Pocahontas is just for you!

      I wasn't crazy about Titanic either. It came across like, "It's the most epic romance, truest of true loves! Oh, and by the way, they were on a boat and it sank." I couldn't get into Titanic. It's just like, okay, what ever. It's just not fair that they didn't make it more historical. The TITLE is Titanic!!!

      All in all, I think that directors like Tim Burton deserve more than James Cameron. Tim Burton is just too awesome. Glad you enjoyed. One expensive movie! Good you didn't waste your money.

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      Salman 7 years ago

      The best movie ive seen so far in 2010

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Phoenix, if it weren't for the 3D special effects, I'd agree with you!

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      phoenixgbr 7 years ago

      THE most over-rated film I've seen in years

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Guy, the special effects carried the movie, IMO!

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      outdoorsguy 7 years ago from Tenn

      what to say.... LOL. I liked it. not wowed, or awed. and I really dont like Directors who slide in their personal political opinions into a non Politicial movie. that aside.

      the effects were great. it did have some of the best CGI ive seen and it was fun. I have to admit Im not a fan of 3d. so I saw it the old fashioned way.

      and I watched it sure I wasn't going to like it LOL

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Aw, Herbi - I wish you could have seen it on the big screen in 3D!!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Best of luck to you in your career, Movielover!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      You know habee - I had no desire to see this movie and my mom bought it and dropped it off to me the other day and of course I literally did not blink once through it. I was amazed and in love with it and so disappointed that I didn't get to see it in the theater. What a phenomenal movie. I may watch it again sometime this weekend before I have to give it back. Great hub!!!

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      movielover2010 7 years ago

      i LOOOOVE IT ITS SO INSPIRING FOR YOUNG FILM MAKERS LIKE ME, THANK YUOOOOOOOOOOO HEAVEN

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Runway! I appreciate that!

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      wow, that's fantastic!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wow, Wayne! That's a HUGE...TV! lol

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Well I've got a 42 inch...wait for it...wait for it.... TV screen, so that'll have to do!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Wayne, you'll probably enjoy the DVD, but it won't be the same as big-screen 3D!

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      Wayne Tully 7 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Seen the movie, but unfortunately didn't see the 3D version at the cinema and I look forward to when it comes out in 3D on DVD soon!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Veterans Administration.

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      M A 7 years ago

      what is VA?

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Was it in 3D??

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      JMWjack18 7 years ago

      At 1st I thought that they were making a big deal out of it but everybody at my school was talkin about it and u know, u don't want to be left out so I asked my dad if we could get it and we bought it and I watched it in my movie theater in my basement and I only saw like 30 minutes but it was awesome

      I really enjoyed it

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Imaginerius, I can't wait for the sequel, either!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Joe!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Houa, thanks for the kind words!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      I certainly echo your hopes, Lonestar!

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      imagineriaus 7 years ago from Dubin, Ireland

      I am sure guys, all of you enjoyed the movie specially in 3D, it is one of the greatest movie from James Cameron, can't wait for the second one, I bought the BD as soon as it was in stores, you will find a registration code inside the pack so you can go online and register to have your own home tree and download something special for your desktop, enjoy guys

      cheers,

      The movie addict

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      joertown 7 years ago

      Great hub! Thanks!

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      Houa Lor 7 years ago from Minnesota

      I LOVED this movie! I saw it in 3D and it was worth it. You've summarized it so well.

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      Rod Martin Jr 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I loved the movie and loved your hub. Brought back some great movie memories.

      I might just point out that, though Pandora is a "distant" planet as you point out, this fictional world is in the very real "next-door neighboring" system, Alpha Centauri. This three-sun system is not visible from Georgia, but I've had the pleasure of seeing it after having moved to the Philippines. Maybe one day we'll have the technology to go there, and hopefully we will have learned the right lessons from James Cameron's beautiful movie.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Saeed, that's easy to find on the net! Thanks for reading!

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      saeed 7 years ago

      avatar is a wonderful movie i like it so much but i would like to know the real names of the actors and the avator names of the actors (movie names)

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Your comments and readership are much appreciated!

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      GoRdon 7 years ago

      Glad you liked it. Read Boys On Film for something rather different to Avatar!

      THANKS for your writing

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, MJ, and I agree with the "eye candy" statement.

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed it, Lea, and thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Borge!

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      MJ's HubNotes 7 years ago

      This movie is what I call "eye candy". I always enjoy a well made sci-fi movie. Nice job on the the review.

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      lea95 7 years ago

      this movie is really great

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      borge_009 7 years ago from Philippines

      A movie that is worth watching......the effects are amazing....thanks for posting

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you enjoyed it, Piglitza!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      See, mtsi? Told ya!! lol

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      Piglitza 7 years ago from South Africa

      Movie was well worth the money. Enjoyed it thoroughly in 3D. Really amazing! Thanks for the review!

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      mtsi1098 7 years ago

      Well I did go see this a week ago in 3D and it was fantastic...thanks again for the review

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Tony. I answered your question on one of your hubs. Thanks for reading!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, James. Can you believe I can't get Hubby to watch this movie???

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for reading, Nike!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Mick, for the kind words!

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      Tony Casey 7 years ago from Manchester U.K.

      Hi habee

      I've Just been reading 'HubPages link exchanges' in the HubPages Knowledge Exchange forum. I thought link exchanging was frown on by HubPages but apparently not; so I have a number of Avatar hubs would you like to exchange links.

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      James 7 years ago

      I have to agree, I seen Avatar 2 times and the special effects blow me away each time.

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      moviemick 7 years ago

      This movie rocked, and this well analyzed summary reminded me just how much !

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad it helped, Maria!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Me, either, Fester! It was super!

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      Maria Fe Nicolau 7 years ago

      I'm so thankful with your analysis. This will surely give light to my student to do an extensive study of AVATAR as one of his favorite topics to discuss for his academic requirements.

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      Daniel Christian 7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great hub. Such a solid movie. Can't wait for the next installment!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Go see it, Daisy. It's still playing here!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, iPod, but you really need to see it in 3D, on the big screen!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Glad I could help, Jeppy!

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      Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

      Funny, Greenheart - when I was watching Avatar, I actually thought about the Amazon and its indigenous people!

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      daisyjae 7 years ago from Canada

      I'm sorry I missed this movie in the theatres, I've heard so many good things about it.