Avatar in four words: Production: $183,000,000. Script: $14.25.
Cameron must have blown his entire budget on CGI, which was gorgeous, and forgotten to spend on the story. Cameron's under-$15 script recycled a bunch of the old favorites:
Dances With Wolves: Dude goes native except he's 9-feet tall and blue.
The natives even ride horsey-type creatures and use bows-and-arrows.
And they ride in packs and wear war paint and scream when they attack. Clever!
Aliens 2: the evil corporate boss with Giovanni whatever-his-name-is playing the Paul Reiser character.
Oh yeah -- and they threw in Ripley for good measure.
Pocahantas - Native chick falls in love with the dude who goes native.
And is it weird that I was strangely attracted to a nine-foot tall blue chick?
Lion King - Let no Disney script go untapped! In this case Hakuna Matata...
I swear to you that I kept waiting for the cast to break out in a chorus of Circle of Life.
And, really, the whole Gaia versus the evil corporation meme rings a bit hollow, what with California shutting down a million acres of prime farmland to save a frickin' two-inch river smelt.
Mr. Cameron: next time save a little budget for story development. Tell you what: I'll throw in my screen-writing services for half off.