MOVIE REVIEW: Avatar: The Way of Water (cinemas only)
If anyone has the ability to make a worthy follow-up to a great movie that person would be James Cameron. He knows how to renew excitement, expand worlds & stick a franchise which resonates for a long time.
Similar outcome is expected with Avatar 2, a sequel in the works for over ten years. Cameron took his time with this one, awaiting the right technology to create the magic he so desired.
The innovative visual style was what made the first to stand out. Hence it comes as no surprise that the sequel pushed similar idea.
Avatar:TWOW glows in visual splendor. Mesmerizing cinematography all through. Fascinating land & underwater imageries sweetly invite the audience to this amazing journey of the never-seen-before world of Pandora.
The action scenes are menacing & thrilling I honestly wished we had more of it.
Plot-wise, Cameron tells a basic, familiar, “soap-opera” story of family survival, adaptation & togetherness. He smartly re-introduced into the mix old characters like Stephen Lang’s Col. Miles. Initially unconvincing but my questions were answered later & from there the story was quite smooth to follow.
Technically this sequel follows the pattern as the first which is to explore Pandora’s wondrous ecosystem & its residents’ eventual desire to protect their world against human invaders. The difference here is that it provides a fresh foundation which expands the story for more possibilities in the future. Recall I mentioned that Cameron wants to make 4 sequels.
My problem is that at a point the story starts to drag & one begins to feel the stretched runtime. Also it paid much attention to laying new groundwork in preparation for a third part that it fell short in delivering huge climax & cliff-hanging landing this story deserves. It didn’t leave me with high anticipation for a third part like I expected it would.
Nevertheless, this is a beautifully made sci-fi film, a truly immersive ride & one-of-a-kind cinematic experience we don’t get often.
This has to be watched on 3D screen to get the full value. Good it’s also rated PG-13 like most MCU films.
Critic_orb’s rating: Very Good 74%