This commentator sums up some of my feelings rather nicely.
>My problem with the movie had nothing to do with what it drew or did not draw inspiration from.
>My biggest problem was the lack of shades of gray. There was so much potential they could have had by making some Na'vi as bad as the military/corporation, and some of the military/corporation (not low ranking protagonists) as good as the Na'vi.
>How much better would the movie have been if the corporate CEO wasn't just a pint sized egomaniac, but conflicted the whole time. What if he felt that, no matter what, human interests should be first and humans presently were dying from lack of resources. But struggled with every decision?
>Or what if the military commander was a loving family man with a wife, children and grandchildren on Earth, but jaded by his time on Pandora where he watches his soldiers and friends dying every day while the Na'vi sit comfortably in isolation.
>What if, until this point, the Na'vi clans were involved in bloody wars for many things including territory and resource disputes (just like the real Native Americans). What if one of the clans was interested in modernizing and wanted to barter with the humans for technology and weapons?
>Too much potential was wasted on an ultimately pretty shallow plot. That doesn't mean I don't like the movie. It wasn't just pretty, it set visual milestones. And it inspired me to think about the world in deeper terms, even if it wasn't portrayed that way.