I finally got to see Avatar this past week. I had heard so much hype about the movie prior to actually seeing it that seeing it was almost a let down. Maybe if I had seen in IMAX 3D I would have been more impressed. That's not to say that the visuals weren't stunning as it was on my new HD TV hooked up to your basic "old style" DVD player (non-Blue Ray). There were times where you had a hard time distinguishing what was "live action" vs. animated.
As to the story/plot, I have only one thing to say which I am stealing from someone else whose identity I can't recall at the moment: "Dances With Smurfs".