Here is one of my responses:
I saw it quite differently and thoroughly enjoyed it. Cameron and his wife, Suzy Amis, are two of the world's most passionate and active environmentalists and advocates for plant-based eating. He loves the oceans and their creatures and has gone deeper into their mystery than any other human by travelling 7 miles down the Mariana Trench.
He shakes his audiences out of any apathy they may have by exposing the truth. He stirs up emotions bigtime. The rampant violence reflects where significant portions of humanity have been for millennia. He also demonstrates the absurdity of war and AI in the wrong hands. True, I could have done with twenty minutes less warring. He will also awaken more to the heinous cruelty animals are subjected to.
The scenes where the evil character Mick Scoresby catches the mother tulkun ('whale') to extract the 'amrita' from her brain for a vial worth $80 million to counteract ageing are there to repulse the audience and EXPOSE THE EVIL that's occurring on our planet.
I bathed in the exquisite beauty, the love, the sacred, the numinous, the soft disclosure, the High Magic, the family values and mystery. If it is our choice, they are signposts of where humanity can go (or return, as in Lemuria and other ancient unified civilisations).
Cameron's process of film-making is enthralling - most of it filmed in or underwater, the music, the specially developed sign language, having the actors perfect a breathing technique to hold their breath while acting for authenticity and natural movements as The Sea People. Kate Winslet excelled at performing for 7 minutes underwater while holding her breath. The importance of the benefits of mastering our breathing didn't escape me. The shamanic and indigenous practices were honouring, inspirational and authentic.
Bringing awareness to atrocities, allegorically, is not the same as endorsing them. I encourage you to see Avatar The Way of Water for yourselves and tune into how it makes you feel - More compassionate? More enthusiastic about taking more effective hands-on action for the causes that matter to you?
It is a masterpiece on so many levels - including raising debates and awareness such as this.