Basically, it’s Dances With Wolves, with blue people, and spaceships, set in a forest, and as if the director has skimmed through books by James Lovelock. All of those things are independently good – even Costner, one of the Hollywood icons when I was a wee nipper.
But, well, it was all a bit silly.
The aliens weren’t particularly alien. Everything was pilfered from the real world – even the sacred tree idea/visuals. (I remember travelling by river through the Amazon, and seeing certain tree species sticking up out of the plantain region. I think they were some species of fig, but it was a few years ago, and those trees were preserved because they were important to the local tribes.) But yeah, I can see it introducing newcomers to science fantasy, and that’s no bad thing.
However, District 9 for the Oscar for best picture, please.
Still, I did learn that you can really impress your girlfriend with the 3D glasses. What you do is put the glasses on, glance at her and suddenly move back startled, as if she is actually in 3D!
This joke works only the once, I’m reliably informed.