For months we've been hearing snarky fan rants about how unoriginal Avatar is, how it looks like Fern Gully in space, Dances with Wolves with blue people-- really, just pick your comparison. But the truth about Avatar isn't that James Cameron is ripping off other people, he's ripping off himself. In the same way you know Titanic is on cable the moment you hear that pan flute coming from the other room, a James Cameron movie is unmistakable, and fear not-- Avatar is through and through a James Cameron movie.
So how do you know if you want to watch Avatar? Just figure out how much it's like your favorite Cameron movie and decide from there! To help you out, we've gone back through Cameron's greatest hits (sorry, Piranha II fans, you'll have to draw your own comparisons) and figured out exactly how much Avatar resembles each of them. Call it unoriginal, sure. We just think Cameron knows a good thing when he makes it.
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