gcoll, it's obvious that you disliked the movie, but to say the Golden Globes were totally wrong is a bit extreme. The voters know 'a tad' more about movies than the general public. I agree, and I'm sure a large portion of the public does, that it wasn't an amazing story, but it was good enough for most of us (and the Hollywood Foreign Press).
The Hollywood Foreign Press is a joke of an organization. First it only has 95 members, which sure as **** doesn't signify any kind of acceptable sample size to correlate between itself and the general public. Two, the HFPA has always been criticized as an organization where you can buy votes. It happens.
But the saddest thing about your sad little post here that that the story was "good enough" and thus for that reason its awards are warranted. Congratulations for accepting the dumbing down of culture.
I thought about naming myself after a murderer. Just kidding. Who would ever do that?
I thought the movie was great. The visuals were ****ing amazing, i didn't watch it on IMAX, but even so, you really lose sense of what's real and what's CGI.
I also agree that the characters lacked depth. I would have liked to see more back story on Parker, Wainfleet and Jake. The way the movie was presented was like the humans in Pandora were bad just because they were greedy and not because they were trying to save Earth. They never gave us a visual on how bad things were back on earth. Maybe that's how the movie should have open, with this dark, chaotic world, maybe then as a viewer we could actually cheer and feel what Parker was trying to accomplish had merit.
Having said that, that's a small problem and can easily be overlooked(thanks to the CGI) now to truly enjoy this movie, I will watch it on IMAX 3D and get the whole Avatar experience.
I enjoyed seeing Avatar on a hd projector in 3D in the theater.
That said, I would not enjoy watching Avatar at all on a standard definition 30" TV screen at my house, basically because the visuals are all it has going for it. Thus, I wouldn't consider this a great movie by any stretch.