Austin Burke’s review published on Letterboxd:
My wife wanted to pick the movie last night so here we are. Many have completely turned against this film when they probably loved it ten years ago. Many hate it just as much now as they hated it ten years ago. While I don’t like it as much as I did, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Is it way more of a visual experienc, rather than an “Oscar nominated movie” experience? Absolutely, but I see why it got that nomination because the movie was such a massive hit. Now, Endgame is just as big of a hit so Academy voters, keep up that consistency (they won’t). In regards to the script, it’s not the best. My absolute favorite word in the movie (in the worst way) is “unobtainium.” When they said that, my wife looked at me and we both started laughing. Honestly, the movie is completely cheesy if you watch it with a certain mentality.
It tries its hardest to get extremely serious at times and I will admit, it works on occasion. The concept behind the humans moving in and pushing these characters away from their home (clearly pulling from many movies before it) is familiar but effective. It’s presented to us in a brand new way and one that is on a scale that we have never seen before. The acting is solid, for the most part. There are a few side performances that don’t bring it as they should. My enjoyment really comes from the color, creativity and (of course) the incredible visuals that still hold up. The look, of the Avatars, just blows me away and the entire idea behind the movie is fascinating. I see why some can’t stand it but I still enjoyed myself. It just isn’t on the level that we all thought it was in 2009 and it hasn’t stayed relevant in pop-culture the way a “Star Wars” or “Avengers” movie has.