Avatar: The Way of Water, the much-awaited sequel to the 2009 James Cameron movie Avatar is here. Apparently, it has critics exasperated and captivated.
The Disney film follows Jake Sully, Neytiri, and their four Na’vi children. Their family is driven from their home on the jungle moon as humans reattempt to colonize Pandora.
Clocking in at just over three hours, critics described Avatar: The Way of Water as a stunning piece of cinema. The film generated a “Fresh” Rotten Tomatoes rating.
However, several critics called Avatar: The Way of Water’s narrative thin. Seemingly, they believe, the film does not hold up against Cameron’s high technical ambitions, just like the original.
Critics recommend watching James Cameron’s latest blockbuster on the largest screen possible. Many lauded the movie for its breathtaking VFX and bombastic sound direction.
Despite positive reviews, many found Avatar: The Way of Water’s long runtime faulty. Critics argued Cameron’s script was too thin to justify the longer-than-usual runtime.
Eric Francisco, one of the reviewers, said the film demands the biggest screen viewers can find to completely absorb its most potent elements. These include Avatar: The Way of Water’s skillful spectacle and impossible scale along with thematic romanticism and a wide range of emotions.
Francisco dubbed the Avatar sequel bigger and better in every regard than the original 2009 box office hit.
Just like majority of Cameron movies, the bravado of Cameron’s execution elevates his work. It allows glorious beats and scenery prime real estate on screen and rhythmic and tight spatial scale battles offer coherence.
However, Francisco did note that there were several hiccups in the plot of the movie. There is also a hiccup in the director’s inability to resist teasers and elements of the upcoming Avatar movies.
Audiences will have to wait for years to find out several of the unresolved narratives.