Avatar: The Way of Water Review


Adhitya Srinivasan, Bear Hub Staff

“Avatar: The Way of Water” follows Jake Sully and his family as they flee to distant archipelagos where the water-tribes dwell. The film is a sequel to 2009’s “Avatar” and takes place several years after the events of the first film. This movie has received mixed reviews from critics with some praising it for its stunning visuals and immersive experience, while others have criticized it for its predictable story. One reason many people think it was predictable was because it followed a similar plot to the original movie where “Jake becomes a fish out of water, is adopted into a new community, then fights to defend it, just like before.” Another thing that frustrated many fans is the 13 year gap between the films. Many movie reviewers felt that most viewers would have forgotten the plot and the characters of the first film and would lose interest in a sequel. This, however, was further from the truth as the film made over 2 billion dollars, more than making up for the budget of 460 million.

Another interesting aspect about the film is its production. While James Cameron was filming Avatar the way of the water he also filmed some parts of Avatar 3 and 4. The reason they did this, Cameron explains, is because of the “the Stranger Things effect, where they’re supposed to still be in high school [but] they look like they’re 27.” Cameron’s intense attention to details was present throughout the film clearly paid off as the film won many awards for best visual effects. Overall this film was well received and is considered one of the best films of 2022.