Avatar: The Way of Water Review

 


The exploration of Metkayina Clan is stunning, as Cameron’s visuals in the water world completely take you into another universe. They spend time in the water and learn about the creatures within it. Cameron incorporates the skills from both tribes and plays to their strengths when exploring the ocean. The creatures are also beautifully designed, and it was so impressive to see what Cameron came up with. The whole second act has Sully’s children learning the way of the water from the Metkayina Clan. It looked magical whenever they were in the water, and the VFX was extremely well done. Even the way the action scenes were executed felt more fast-paced than usual because of the double frame rate in the water. This is another technical achievement for Cameron and a visual spectacle that we haven’t experienced in over a decade. 

Avatar: The Way of Water visually exceeds expectations in every single way. James Cameron is the only one who can push the boundaries with this franchise to see technology raised to new heights. However, the story suffers and feels like a recycled version of the first installment. There is no emotional connection to these characters or this family because their family dynamic was rushed. Out of a three-hour runtime, it felt like we did not spend any time with the family. There was an obstacle to overcome in almost every other scene, which only divided the family unit even more. There were subplots introduced but also dropped. It felt like there was no time, yet it also felt like they could have explored so much more. There could have been much more depth to this sequel, but sadly it was more style over substance. The focus is more on technological achievement than the development of the world and its characters. 

Review by: Amanda Guarragi

2.5/5 stars 

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