Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, learn the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

  • Released: 2022-12-14
  • Runtime: 192 minutes
  • Genre: Action, Adventure
  • Stars: Kate Winslet, Zoe SaldaƱa, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Giovanni Ribisi, CCH Pounder, Joel David Moore, Matt Gerald, Trinity Bliss, Britain Dalton, Jamie Flatters, Jack Champion, Filip Geljo, Duane Evans Jr., Chloe Coleman, Jemaine Clement, Ava Diakhaby, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh
  • Director: James Cameron
  • mikaelmadsen1981 - 13 January 2023
    Visually stunning but full of annoying things
    I'm going to start of saying that this movie is a milestone in visual graphics, it is stunning and beautiful as well as impressive. The VFX team and the animators deserve everything coming from this point on.

    That is where it ends though. Cameron really wanted this movie to be 180+ minutes. The entire story could have been told in 120. It's obvious there's an extra hour or so of scenes just there to show the pretty visuals. The story is outdrawn and there are scenes that could have been completely left out and be told by short clips. The slaughter of all the animals is one of those scenes and a scene I'd rather not have seen.

    Then there's the whole accent going on among the Sully kids, it's "bro" this and "bro" that, in almost every sentence to a point where it becomes outright annoying to listen to their conversations and lose all interest in the characters, their story and what happens to them.

    Same goes with Neytiri and her screams and breaths, it sounds like she's had a cold that she never recovered from. I understand that's how the actress sound, but they could have fixed it somehow.

    Visually stunning with a story and characters that are easily forgotten. I walked out of the cinema not really caring when the next movie will be released.
  • MBID259 - 13 January 2023
    I'm not sure how anyone of right mind can possibly justify rating this less then a perfect 10. If you watched Avatar in anything other than IMAX 3D then you didn't really see the movie. Visually the film is practically flawless with relentless breathtaking action sequences weaves into the masterful storytelling. The groundbreaking water simulation is just the tip of the CGI genius at work and it is practically impossible to distinguish what is real and what is computer generated. I have no idea how long this film took to make but I would imagine that when the button was hit to render these scenes the lights in peoples houses in the neighbourhood must have dimmed as the servers went into overdrive!
  • b-96533 - 13 January 2023
    Total wasted
    The new Avatar has nothing to be compared with the old one. I mean James could have discuss some deeper topic in this pandora world like the future of humanity or any race who soar up into the space, the space war and the possibilities of establishing a sustainable way of live in our current system. Personal view from me is that since the pandora world has a 'planet brain' , the Eywa play the role of the 'manager' of the planet's life. And that's why the planet can keep an invisible and delicate balance in the world. Is that mean only if human race are ruled by a invisible manager which can invade our brain so that we are able to control our unstoppable growing desire, and obey the nature rule? Who we are if all the animals spirits are connected to the one big brain, the Eywa?

    In the modern society, all human race are discarding their believes to pursuit the ultimate freedom. People are so separated and have more fights than the last 500years. Can we always blame the disasters and the growing desire while we are so separated when chasing freedom and free spirit? The avatar movies display a utopia for us, but it didn't show how the inner side of the society work in the pandora system, and that's what I was only curious about. Anyways, it's not avatar II, it's just another lion king series but shot in the universe.
  • trkxwfpkf - 13 January 2023
    This movie was absolutely fantastic! The story was good the visuals were literally out of this world...I had the same feeling as I did with Avatar 1. I actually felt like I was on Pandora...These movies have so many hidden meanings inside. I've seen negative reviews on the story line. It wasn't as good as it could have been, however it's the message's that Cameron's trying to get across. We need to save our forests and oceans, this film highlights so many issues humanity has to face. We need to come together as one if we are to survive, and family/love/unity is everything, regardless of whoever you are.

    Overall this film is a wake up call like the first was, however now in a different perspective of water!

    Absolute masterpiece and indeed the film of the generation!
  • ricardoq-83795 - 13 January 2023
    Deserves at least one watch
    Already one of the better movies this year. It has a great story and really takes its time to present its themes. While there are too many characters for this movie, so much in fact that I can't remember them by name, it has great world building and cinematography. Overall, it did what it was suppose to do. James Cameron displayed his beautiful creativity with the visuals and the action sequences. The plot of the movie is where I think it suffered the most, but having seen the first one that also had a similar issue, that was what I expected walking into the theater. It's still a good movie that deserves at least one watch.
  • shreeresh - 13 January 2023
    Visual Spectacle
    AVATAR is a visual masterpiece from James Cameron and lives up to the hype and expectations. The Story is pretty very much predictable but the visual elements hold the viewers experience together.

    The underwater scenes are a treat for the eyes and one will get immersed in the experience and become a part of the fantastic fantasy world that James Cameron creates. Acting by is good, Sound design is fantastic....to capture and create underwater sounds is a great technological achievement for the AVATAR team. The length of the film was the only down sider for me, however one may argue that it was necessary to keep the audience in teh fantasy world and feel a part of it.

    Overall must watch for the experience.
  • pedja-the - 13 January 2023
    Visual spectacle!
    Well, the name Avatar definitely has become a synonym for visual and special effects masterpiece. Everything you expect from this part to visually deliver, it has delivered. And beyond that. Watching this movie in 3D is an unique experience that no movie can ever compete with. But not everything was sweet and butter here, as the movie was dragged out more then it should be. Around the half of the movie is where they lost my attention and all the hype and excitement started to drop. I can easily recommend this to everyone as Avatar is and always will be a unique visual experience, but if you want to be amazed, surprised or shocked by some outwardly twists and spinoffs, you won't be. Enjoy it for what it is.
  • domagoj-zdilar - 13 January 2023
    Best movie experience in my life
    Disclaimer: I watched this the way it was meant to be watched, in 3D Imax. 35y old. I have a big movie collection, and been a movie fan my whole life.

    This was absolutely spectacular. I liked the first Avatar, but I loved this. I rarely go to the cinema, but I would go always if there were actually more movies like this, in 3D Imax with stunning visuals. I'm excited that now this has been made, the others moviemakers must follow/adapt seeing how amazing this is. The only concern is if there is enough geniuses to make movies like this.

    Brilliant. Never gave 10/10 rating to any movie so far, but for the whole experience everything combined (story+visuals+3d+imax+cinema big screen), I've never watched something as good. Story is simple, but IMO beautiful. Doesn't need to be complex for this type of movie. 3 hours never went by so fast! Connection to and message about earth, spirituality, and what our reality is (with industrialisation and money grabbing) is amazingly transmitted through the characters' emotions.

    PS. Seeing this or the the first Avatar in 3D vs 2D makes a whole lot of difference. Always do 3D and Imax!
  • zekostic-1 - 13 January 2023
    Good visual effects. The end.
    Good sequel to the first part when it comes to visialisation. And that's it. Basically, nothing new. 3D and other visual effects we have already seen. The plot is kind of empty. Something is missing, the movie didn't touch me. At only one point it managed to shake me a bit. At most of the movie I asked myself WHY are they doing it like this. Couldn't catch the reason for the steps characters are taking. Not because it is not expected, but because it makes no sense. To me personally it looked like someone was tasked to make script and he didn't watch first part. If I write more it will contain spoilers so I won't go further, but honestly, I should have waited for HBO to show it in 2 years, wouldn't miss a thing. I don't know if Cameron already prepares another sequel, it can goes like this for numerous repetitions, but I really doubt that, when it comes to the story, anything new can be added.
  • nataliebornman - 13 January 2023
    Fantastic Movie
    I just watched this movie with my partner and we both enjoyed, it ,it's fantastic, the graphics and everything are fantastic, this one and the 1st is like no other movie out there , James Cameron and crew did an amazing job, we can't wait for the others to come out. 1 and 2 are by far the best movies I've seen and are definitely my favourite , i understand why it took so long to come to the cinemas it was absolutely worth the wait all the actors did an amazing job , no other actors could have done it justice, it was fun watching it in 3D I love how one gets to feel like they are in the movie :)
  • julx-01134 - 13 January 2023
    Visually and Story very good, HFR is horrible
    I realy liked the movie, the scenic views are great and the story is also good in my opinion. What I just can't stand is this horrible HFR..all the special effect scenes looks like a time lapse.to me because of HFR. They just look unrealistic..I know not everybody has this Problem when looking an HFR Movie, but me and some people I asked do. That realy ruins some scenes which surely would be great without HFR.

    I don't see any little advantage of HFR, so just hope the movie makers are stopping to go that way.

    Beacause it's not only a Problem of Avatar but of the whole film industry I give 9 of 10 stars anyway for a great movie.
  • developsolid - 13 January 2023
    Beautiful looking movie full of potholes.
    I didn't expect much less than from the first movie but when I watched it I was kinda disappointed.

    Scenery looked very very beautiful. I watched it in 4D and I think that's the only way this movie hast to be watched. After it finished my first thought was that it must be very boring if I didn't watched it like that.

    The story is very simple, not much different from the first movie. The Sky people attack on Na'Vi but now on the water instead of in the jungle. Everything else is the same.

    The thing that bothered me the most is who to hell funds all the army, machinery, flight to distant planet just so one bad guy could kill one good guy?! Who approved this? Why does he needs to kill him? They now have different rare pricey resource, they don't need the Unobtainium anymore. I guess the movie is made for teenager but couldn't they make some better storyline?

    The biggest difference between two movies is that Jake Sully was not badass like before.
  • christensondevonmb - 13 January 2023
    A beautiful model to simp over
    Aside from the technical alure of Pandora, I will specify what the 'haters' mean when they say the story is generic. Nothing wrong with cliche, formula or recycled tropes. If it's been done before, being unoriginal isn't a bad thing. Why do people go back to the same food time and time again? The key component to an enriching experience in this case is the elevated storytelling. Dune Part One (2021) is an example of this. The vision of the filmmaker is where the magic lies. Does Cameron elevate Avatar: The Way of Water? For me, no. Stunning visuals and the core emphasis on family can be moving. It truly is awe-inspring in spurts. Hearing Jake's narration from what seems to be from the future tense sets the stage for what may come. It's just taking a long time to get through the exposition.

    Many claim The Way of Water is overlong and boring. I disagree. I found the pacing to be rushed. The humans in the first movie were much stronger. Here, they are all evil just because, and the Colonel's revenge is not a present tense sentiment. When you can't resonate with the humans endeavour, there stakes are lessened. This is how I felt in the 3rd act, and it's then when you know whether a movie has your interest or not. I certainly wasn't invested at this point. In fact, my eyes rolled time and time again when the movie would act like I am supposed to care. Every time the Navii would suffer at the hands of the humans, it felt forced. This was not an issue I had with the first movie.

    The water king accepting Jake's family so quickly 30 seconds after saying 'we will not let you bring your war here' is strange. Relaying back to the rushed pacing. Perhaps the studio forced Cameron to trim it up. Either way, it was difficult to resonate to the rhyme or reason for what was happening with the characters on screen. I never have been a big James Cameron fan, I think his past weaknesses as a filmmaker show up here. But, the first movie doesn't have these issues of pacing, bleak characterizations and low stakes. There is so much they can do with this material and perhaps we will see more as the series progresses.

    A beautiful exposition piece I wish to see again and I wished I liked more. When the 'less interesting' / 'less developed' brother dies at the end, it is an example of this movie not willing to dare itself. Zoe Saldana's screaming reaction to it was not emotional, but rather humerous. I couldn't take it seriously when the movie does little to develop an enriched core conflict. So again, gorgerous to look at it. But, my resonance toward the foundation of Cameron's storytelling didn't connect as strongly as the first film. Still looking forward to where he might take this.
  • tim_tokoragi - 13 January 2023
    Worthy sequel
    Saw this a couple of nights ago with my other half & our 2 young boys (10 & 7). Our youngest fell asleep about 2/3 of the way in (3hrs was a bit too long for him) & our 10yo barely made it all the way to the end but he did just manage it.

    We saw it in 3D, which was definitely worth doing, I reckon. There are some really nice jungle & under water shots that are made even more amazing by the 3D treatment. Some nice action scenes, too. It did seem like they'd forgotten to apply the 3D effect to the occasional shot here & there but, overall, it was very, very good.

    Our kids loved it & we were initially concerned the 3D might bother them, hurt their eyes or give them a headache or something, but neither of them had any issues with it.

    There's a lot going on in the film & I won't spoil it for anyone but it's the sort of movie that I reckon could easily be watched a handful of times for fans of the genre as it just has so many different "sections" to it; the kind that, for me, make movies like Aliens & Thor: Ragnarok so rewatchable. And James Cameron's attention to detail & adding certain scenes (like when the humans are going through the motions of loading their boats onto ramps & into the water) that other directors are unlikely to have bothered with, really add to feeling that he really spared no expense with putting his vision together. My other half disagrees with me on this point & reckoned a lot of that "fluff" could've been trimmed out to shorten the runtime. I guess you can't please everyone...

    The CG effects are top notch, of course, & the story isn't half-bad, either, so go & give it a watch... but ensure you get plenty of rest the night before as it is quite long; especially for the kidlets!