It is impossible to talk about “Avatar: Waterway” without exaggeration. But James Cameron’s sequel is a truly impressive cinematic experience that will have you swimming in big-budget excitement.
It doesn’t matter what you thought about what was going on in Pandora for the last 13 years or what Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) were, assuming you remember their names. “The Way to Water” will impress “Avatar” believers and even agnostics like me for at least three hours and 12 minutes. The film is not only visually appealing, it is spiritually rich, a simple yet profound story about family and the natural world that is better than ever.
It may take more than three hours and 12 minutes. But when a filmmaker uses time like Cameron and so many others before him, it is an incomparably rewarding experience. In other words, it’s not too much to ask that you keep making movies. And you forget to check the timing from the first scene to what’s happened to Pandora and Jake over the past decade.
He and Neytiri now have three children: Netayam (Jamie Flatters), Lok (Britain Dalton), Tuk (Trinity Jo-Lee Bliss) and an adopted daughter Kiri (Sigourney Weaver), and they live happily in the woods. “Happiness is simple,” says Sully. “Who would have thought that a fool like me could figure out a riddle?” But as expected, this idyllic state cannot last forever. The humans are looking for Jake, with a familiar antagonist leading the search. And soon her family is forced to flee to another part of Pandora on the coast, along with a new tribe led by Ronal (Kate Winslet) and Tonowari (Cliff Curtis), who reluctantly welcome them and teach them to Let’s try to teach how to live around water.
It’s worth noting that Cameron didn’t clutter the film from one end to the other with mind-boggling action or an unnecessarily convoluted plot. There are large parts of the film that are simply about exploring the environment with the characters, reveling in the coral, or taking in the beauty of the giant sea creatures. Sometimes we are in the water with Kiri looking at everything. The action does not proceed in an obvious way. It doesn’t even really develop the characters. It’s just, and it’s cool. It is hard to imagine that someone without such influence could justify something similar.
But obviously there’s action too and it’s exciting because you get to connect with the family and worry about the kids who are never where they’re supposed to be and often put themselves in danger for that very reason . While we know there will be more movies in the future, and one has already completed production, this isn’t the kind of franchise where people pretend to be superhero deaths. Sure, there’s some “Avatar” humor, including the fact that the word “brother” is said nearly 8,000 times, but there’s something admirable about the direct dialogue and emotional drama. No one lives for sarcastic comments in this adventure.
“Never doubt James Cameron” has become a rallying cry of late, at least among those who follow it on Twitter. It’s even more extraordinary when the saga’s legendary sequences became an in-joke in the years following the first film. As the release date for “The Way of Water” approached, “Who Cares?” It got faster. Was anyone really thinking about “Avatar”? But Cameron knows how to make an exciting second half and also how to use water (referring to one of his greatest hits) in this film.
When people watch the film, the tone will change. There is something comforting about the fact that we are capable of profound collective cultural influence. that “who cares?” It can be turned into real entertainment in an instant. Is this the magic of movies? Continue to push the boundaries of the big screen experience? Move on to weird stories about blue giant environmentalists instead of the occasional superhero? Maybe it’s just the magic of James Cameron.
“Avatar: The Way of Water,” to be released in theaters this weekend by 20th Century Studios, is rated PG-13 (parents are warned that it is suitable for ages 13 and up) according to the Motion Picture Association of the United States (MPAA). May be unsuitable for children under 6). in its shortened form in English) for “partial nudity, scenes of intense action, scenes of great violence and some dialogue”. Duration: 192 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four”.
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