Avatar: The Way of Water movie review - Aussieboyreviews


This boring sequel to Avatar provides 3 tiring hours of special effects in this fantasy world and… well, not much else. James Cameron directs Avatar: The Way of Water, lacking of decent story, compelling characters and entertaining pacing.


Jake Sully, now having formed a family with Neytiri, must team up with the army of Na’vi to fight and protect their home when an ancient, familiar threat returns to Pandora to finish what they started.

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Movie details

Director: James Cameron
Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, Jack Champion
Writer: James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Release Date (Australia): 15 December 2022
Runtime: 192 minutes/3h 12m
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains science fiction and fantasy themes in the form of perilous situations, sense of threat and sustained action sequences featuring fantasy creatures and humanoid aliens.

Violence (M)

The film contains sustained battle sequences that feature the use of multiple weapons, shootings, stabbings, large fantasy creature attacks and a man’s arm being briefly severed. These scenes are accompanied by moderate blood and wound detail.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains a brief use of the word “f**k”, in addition to use of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “bitch”, “bastard”, “crap”, “damn” and “hell”.

Nudity (PG)

The breasts of female humanoid aliens are briefly viewed.

Sex (PG)

There is a mild verbal reference to being “knocked up”.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence and intense action, partial nudity and some strong language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

All there is to take away from The Way of Water is the fact that James Cameron cares so little about a story for an Avatar movie and likes to blow that insane budget on mindblowing special effects that are supposed to rivet you by themselves. He expects you to be so invested in the beauty of the 3D fantasy world of Pandora, that you’re supposed to forget about the elements that really matter; story, compelling characters, good dialogue and entertainment value. The 2021 sci-fi epic Dune had the exact same problem, but it felt like that movie cared more about the audience than the long-awaited sequel to Avatar does.

Film and TV reviews are always meant to give credit to where it’s due in the movie or series, so we’ll start by stating the obvious/the thing you’ve heard a trillion times by the time of seeing this review, but the budget of over $300 million dollars is put to some good technical use by delivering an immersive 3D experience that viewers hungry for stunning visuals will enjoy Avatar: The Way of Water for. 13 years have passed and technology has obviously improved a lot since 2009, so the cinematography, special effects and picture quality are more advanced, and watch this film in 3D is an absolute hallucination. The fantastical creatures, underwater sequences, humanoid aliens, colours and action deliver the same effect as the first film, making you ask what’s CGI, what’s shot in real life and how this is all possible.

However, this movie thinks it can crawl away from criticism if it’s able to impress us with the visual effects, even if it’s lacking of elements that are much more simple, though much more important. The story consists around daily events as Jake Sully has now had a family with Neytiri, and a lot of the film focuses on their parenting or the kids getting themselves into trouble. There is no connection at all to the problems the characters must face, the characters themselves, or the uninteresting fantasy world we’re supposed to care about. Therefore, this film is extremely boring, unoriginal, predictable and messy. Unless special effects are enough to impress you, Avatar or movies like it don’t deserve your money, time or support, and you should shouldn’t be afraid to skip it in a heartbeat.

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