I saw Avatar in 3D yesterday with some high school friends (most of whom also go to Berkeley but some of whom I haven’t seen lately).
When I first saw the trailers, I was dubious. I mean, blue cat people? But the visual effects were pretty stunning – I loved the bioluminescent nighttime settings, and the method of the Na’vi connection to nature.
My official recommendation is: see it.
Now, I’m off to go ice skating!