This doesn't prove that the argument holds merit it just shows that people are quick to jump to conclusions. Maybe people were like me and saw how predictable the movie was just by watching the trailers. Maybe people didn't like the fact that it was pushing 3D so heavily. Maybe people don't like Sam Worthington. I don't know the exact reasons but there were people who didn't want to see this movie. There were even people who didn't want this movie to succeed. But just because people made up their minds about something in advance doesn't automatically mean that their was some bandwagon that formed for people to hate it because it was the "cool" thing to do. I am sure that a majority of those people had their own reasons for why they reacted the way that they did.
True, people do love to hate things but that doesn't mean that there is some mass movement of people whose only reason to hate is because somebody else hates it too. This is my problem with this argument. I am not trying to say who is right or who is wrong. I am just saying that it isn't right to declare that somebody has jumped on a bandwagon simply because their opinion is different from yours and they happen to have people who share a similar opinion as theirs.
Meh, I always feel that Worthington's performances are wooden and underwhelming. Same can be said for Michelle Rodriguez. Sigourney Weaver did a good job with the material that she was given but that's not saying much. I couldn't get into Zoe Saldana's performance because I could never get past how utterly ridiculous her character and the rest of the Na'vi looked.
I agree that the CGI used for the environment and the technology in the film looked incredible, however, when it came to any of the animals or the Na'vi, the CGI wasn't up to par. They just looked bad. The aliens from the Mass Effect series all looked better and more believable than the aliens from Avatar. Of course, that is just my opinion.
There's a difference between analysis and hoping.
For example, when I saw the previews for John Carter, I thought they were terrible. It looked like a generic sci fi tale that offered nothing. It didn't mean that I wanted the movie to do badly. In fact, I really liked the movie and I'm sorry that the marketing campaign botched it so badly.
Again, there were people hoping for this movie to fail. They wanted to see it fail just so they could say they predicted it or some bullshit. I think its success pissed people off even more, and it makes me smile.