December 16, 2022
By: Ashley Bell | December 16th, 2022

'Avatar: The Way of Water' is the second film in the series that follows Jake Sully and Ney’tiri as they start a family. When unforeseen threats appear, they must join together to save their home. Can this sequel live up to the expectations set by the original?

Picking up after the end of the first film, Avatar: The Way of the Water quickly brings the audience back to the beautiful world of Pandora. The addition of new characters helps to push the story forward as the second installment takes viewers into uncharted waters, literally for the Sully family. As they travel along on their new journey, we are treated to some of the most detailed, magnificent scenery that is nearly indescribable if watched in IMAX or 3D. The majestic beauty among the personalities of the Na’vi creates a film that you probably won’t want to end.

In contrast to Avatar: The Way of Water capturing the story of the wonders of Pandora, the story of colonialism with fight scenes that feel like playing a video game makes the film fall short of its potential. Using the same political themes and brushed-over view of colonialism, it appears that James Cameron focused more on the aesthetics and not the plot. As a result, we see the same movie as Avatar with new faces and places. On the same note, the details that went into the fight scenes make it feel as though it was overly done up to seem real within a fictional place. The result is less than par leaving moments of wanting them to be over to get back to the breathtaking locations.

In the end, 'Avatar: The Way of Water' is a spectacular sight to watch repeatedly. Despite its imbalance of details, it presents a film that can be enjoyed from an artistic view. Make sure to watch in IMAX as it is meant to be seen to truly take in its wonders!

'Avatar: The Way of Water' is in Theaters December 16th, 2022.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Ashley Ashley Bell (Contributing Editor) is an Orlando native who loves watching movies. Her favorite genres include comedies, thrillers and sci-fi.
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