Epic Take on an Old Story

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Though it should tell you something, that in all of the reviews out, there is only one main issue to bring up.  Let me start by saying I love this film, absolutely think it is the greatest thing to happen to filmmaking in a long time.  That being said I tend to get a little defensive when it comes to its flaws.  The only thing I thought was an issue, (and this is minor mind you) was the Na’vi design.  In a world where every other inhabiting creature has developed four eyes and multiple limbs, it seems odd to me to have a bipedal, two-eyed, humanoid creature being the intelligent population.  Like I said, trivial and mostly a design error, but no big deal.  
On to the big one: the story.  I have heard many people talk about how generic and cliché the story was.  To those people, I say “you’re right”.  It’s a story that has been told countless times in many genres, and I don’t think I’d been wrong in saying the people who wrote Dances With Wolves should feel ripped off.  Cameron has always been a very archetypical story teller, but it’s an aspect that works for him.  While Avatar doesn’t really present a theme that hasn’t been told before, it delivers those themes in a new perspective (transcending even the genre) that makes even the cliché parts feel fresh.  There was never any point in the film where I thought, “oh man this has been done before.”  My thoughts at those moments were “how come it’s never been done like this before?”  
The storyline has been in many films before, but I feel Cameron has finally created a movie with the epic scale necessary for this kind of storyline.  No other movie has presented this kind of story on this grand of a scale.  Even though I’ve seen the story done before, this was the first time where I felt it had been done properly; leaving me invigorated for the experience.  I never once felt like they were rehashing old concepts (though they kind of were) but were finally showing off these ideas in a way wholly different from before.  
Enjoy the story for what it is, because regardless of whether or not it’s cliché, it is still an amazing adventure filled with drop-dead gorgeous graphics (detailed to a ridiculous level), and a fun factor that will keep you on the edge of your seat.