Reactions to ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ It Has Been Described as “Immersive,” “Stunning,” and “Incredible”
Critics, journalists, and others have returned from their first visit to Pandora in over a decade, and they have a lot to say about Avatar: The Way of Water.
The picture marks James Cameron’s long-awaited return to the universe he created in Avatar, the highest-grossing film of all time, and it appears to lay the basis for a potential franchise centered on Jake (Sam Worthington), Neytiri (Zoe Saldaa), and their family’s adventures on the alien planet.
Set more than a decade after the original film, the new adventure will send Jake and his family to hitherto unseen corners of Pandora in search of safe haven. With the RDA stepping up its mining efforts on the planet, they are looking for a means to keep their family together while still fighting back against the looming menace.
So far, the trailers have shown some incredibly magnificent panoramas as the franchise moves to a new, aquatic region. Despite the alterations, Cameron intends for The Way of Water to underline the themes of the original film, focusing primarily on familial connections.
The comeback of such a groundbreaking film calls for an ensemble cast of new and returning actors. Worthington and Saldaa return, as do Matt Gerald, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Dileep Rao, Giovanni Ribisi, and, shockingly, Stephen Lang. Sigourney Weaver also returns to the franchise, albeit in a different role as Kiri, Jake, and Neytiri’s adoptive daughter.
Cameron also brought in some fascinating newcomers to join his returning cast members, including Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, and Vin Diesel. For what it’s worth, the stars haven’t been shy about expressing their delight to be a part of the picture, with Worthington even claiming that the sequel “blows its predecessor out of the water.”
Given Cameron’s heritage, The Way of Water is a tremendous task. However, the risks are unquestionably considerable. Due to an excessive expenditure for creating the sprawling, bright Pandoran world, the picture must perform historically well just to break even.
Future sequels and expansions on the world of Pandora are dependent on how the film performs since Cameron has already suggested that he is willing to conclude the franchise with Avatar 3 if the second picture fails to wow moviegoers. Below, see how critics are reacting to the long-awaited sequel:
#AvatarTheWayOfWater is pretty incredible. I had faith James Cameron would raise the bar w/ the effects but these visuals are mind-blowing. One stunning frame after the next. But the thing I dug most is how the technical feats always feel in service of character & world-building. pic.twitter.com/MXeN3z8BnP
— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) December 6, 2022
#AvatarTheWayOfWater is incredible. Stunning, mesmerising filmmaking mixed with immense worldbuilding and storytelling, The Way of Water is truly awe-inspiring. LOVED being back on Pandora and can’t wait to return. pic.twitter.com/Sdr4sZhZU8
— MariaLattila🎈 (@marialattila) December 6, 2022
Avatar: The Way of Water, being more than 3 hours long, is both fulfilling and indulgent. It still ends wanting you to know a third is coming.
Constantly a visual feast, creative plays with frame rate, and never boring despite. Overall, I liked it. pic.twitter.com/0Wxxc8ZC9L
— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) December 6, 2022