When Avatar first hit theaters 13 years ago, audiences were wowed by the cutting-edge visuals and 3D visuals. James Cameron’s 2009 epic went on to top the box office as the highest-grossing film of all time and the first film to gross more than $2 billion. Now the first of the four sequels has arrived after its world premiere in London last night and critics are raving about Avatar: The Way of Water in their first reactions.
Avatar The Way of Water is pretty awesome. I had faith that James Cameron would raise the bar with the effects, but these images are amazing. One impressive painting after another. But what I learned the most is how technical feats always feel in the service of character and world building.
As someone who LIKED, but didn’t LOVE, the first AVATAR, let me tell you: AVATAR: THE WATERWAY blew my mind. Far superior in visuals, storytelling, and performances, the sequel blew me away throughout its entire runtime. James Cameron is the GOD of sequels.
I Saw You Avatar The Way of Water – If you think you’ve seen Avatar, think again. The only thing that is repeated from the OG is that “I never experienced anything like this”. Better than the first? Easily. The 3D water world and creatures are so surreal that it’s downright moving. There is a great tribute to the Titanic.
Unsurprisingly, Avatar The Way of Water is a visual masterpiece with rich use of 3D and stunning views. It suffers from a thin story and too many characters to juggle, but James Cameron pulls off an extraordinary final act packed with thrilling action and emotion.
So, Avatar The Way of Water: I liked it, I didn’t love it. The good news is that the 3D is good again (yeah!), and the action is pretty awesome (especially in the final act). But a lot of the stories feel like they have to stop and start, and the high frame rate was hit or miss for me. However, this movie is nice to watch. And overall, I like The Way of Water better than Avatar 2009, if only because it has less in-your-face white Salvadorism than the original.
Avatar: The Way of Water is a never-ending visual spectacle. It’s a better and more complex story than the first with solid emotion, but the characters could use some more growth. It’s definitely long, with amazing visuals and techniques that are the best in 3D.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits UK cinemas on December 16, 2022.
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