Avatar 2 Review: The long-awaited sequel to the 2009 blockbuster Avatar is finally here. James Cameron returns to direct this sci-fi epic, which once again focuses on the conflict between the human military and the native Pandora population.
While the first film was groundbreaking in its use of special effects, the sequel takes it to the next level with even more impressive visuals. The film’s technical achievements are undeniable, but does it all come together to create a satisfying story?
Read on for my full review of Avatar 2!
Avatar 2 Review: I didn’t see Avatar: The Way Of Water on an IMAX 3D screen because they are away from my home, So I made a deal with myself, I give a general audience opinion.. so let’s get started.
Avatar 2 Review
It’s not the theater experience that matters, but the quality of the art itself that matters most. Occasionally, however, some films scream to be viewed on the largest and best screen possible. James Cameron’s second excursion into Pandora, Avatar: The Way of Water, is filled with thrills, grand sights, and the most effective 3D I’ve ever seen.
Incandescent, immersive, and bedazzling are just a few words that describe the heightened visual quality of James Cameron’s original “Avatar.” In the 13 years since that movie came out, I remember it best as glowing. There was an intoxicating fairy-tale quality to Pandora’s primeval forest and floating mountains.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” is Cameron’s bigger, longer, and even more spectacular sequel. Cameron’s technology has been sharpened – in every way. 3D images have an uncanny tactility; if you had to describe them in one word, it would be hyperclear. In addition, high-frame-rate shooting gives the film an eerie present-tense quality. Peter Jackson’s “Hobbit” films had a similar soulless feel. However, it can make you feel as though you’re in the same space as the characters. Since most of them are tall, blue-skinned Na’vi warriors with the eyes of lions and the speed of gazelles, that’s quite a feat.
Scenes in “Avatar: The Way of Water” will make your eyes pop, your head spin, and your soul race. Avatar is set on At’wa Attu, a tropical island reef where Jake Sully, the Navi insurrection leader who was once a disabled Marine and became a Pandora forest dweller through his Avatar identity, his now-wife, Neytiri, and their four children have fled the corrupt military cutthroats who are attempting to colonize Pandora so that the people of Earth can flourish. It is on the island that Jake and his family form an uneasy alliance with the Metkayina clan, who live in harmony with their aquatic surroundings and resemble the Navi except that their skin is light teal and they have Maori tattoos.
Teenagers of both tribes ride long-necked creatures through the sea in preening rites of adolescent bonding. The film becomes a trippy underwater-world ride whenever it enters those ocean depths. Pandora’s ocean is filled with iridescent fauna, diaphanous psychedelic plants, fish as strange as those on earth, and lumpy whales with hammerhead shark faces. Despite this, the film’s underwater glides feel as immersive as if you’re on one because of the 3D (never in-your-face, just sculpted images).
According to reports, “The Way of Water” cost $350 million, which means it would have to be among the top three or four-grossing movies of all time to break even. There is a good chance that will happen. In addition to Cameron’s effects artistry, his choreography makes “The Way of Water” a must-see, like “Avatar.” Everyone will say: We must experience this thrill ride.
It feels exhilarating at its height. However, not all the way through. With “The Way of Water,” Cameron remains a swift and exacting classical popcorn storyteller, but what a story! He has co-written a script full of serviceable clichés that give the film the domestic adventure-thriller spine it needs, but nothing more. There is nothing more essential than this story.
The Sky People have become Avatars themselves, with the treacherous Col. Quaritch (Stephen Lang) recast as a scowling redneck in combat boots and a black crewcut. Jake has been hunted down by them under this guise. However, Jake escapes with his family and hides out with the Metkayina. Quaritch and his goon squad track them down after commandeering a hunting ship. A massive confrontation occurs. It’s over.
With its bare-bones dialogue, a Netflix thriller could easily have been told in two hours instead of three. That’s the point, isn’t it? “The Way of Water” is braided with sequences that exist almost solely for their sculptured imagistic magic. A virtual-reality theme park ride crossed with a movie. It’s a live-action film that casts the spell of an animated fantasy. While the faces of the Navi and MetKayina are expressive, and the actors make their presence felt, the characters have almost no dimension. Dimensionality is all in the images.
As a four-decade veteran of bravura action logistics, Cameron has not lost his mojo. There’s a real coup in the relationship Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), Jake and Neytiri’s second son, forms with one of the whales, who becomes the centerpiece of a surprise attack in one of his best scenes.
Where the original “Avatar” culminated with the Navi flying around on their flying psychedelic griffins, “The Way of Water” is much more heavy-duty, With bullets, apocalyptic fire and a collapsing ship, many of the characters look like they’re trapped in one of Cameron’s “Titanic” disaster sequences. When you invoke that movie, you remind yourself that it was a jaw-dropping spectacle with characters that touched you deeply.
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