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Avatar: The Way of Water

Karla reviews the next installment of the Avatar series.

With the beginning of a new year, new films have recently been released. It’s a fantastic time to start watching an epic science fiction film, Avatar: The Way of Water, co-written and directed by James Cameron, which was released on December 16, 2022 and is currently playing in theaters. It’s been 12 years since the first film Avatar, which debuted on December 18, 2009, was released. The movie starring Jake Sully played by Sam Worthington trying to end the battle with his Nemesis Colonel Quaritch played by Stephen Lang decides to move to keep his people and his family safe and try to learn the way of the water people to survive. Though it all goes downhill when Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang) goes in a search for them to finish what his other part has started.

Avatar: The Way of Water has been a big hit and was rated a 7.9/10 by 2.1K people with 17 wins and 67 nominations. James Cameron the director of this movie states that this movie is based on “Family, and his joy in the family; and how vulnerable you are when you have children.” Although this act of family love and protection allowed the water people to accept the Sully family, Jake Sully and Ney’tiri (Zoe Saldaña) tried to do everything in their ability to safeguard their children. However, Colonel Quaritch continued to try and break them until he had what he wanted.

Reviews about Avatar: The Way of Water are mostly about colorization and animation, Calle Borve, for instance, stated in one review, “The splendid animation sadly doesn’t outweigh the atrocious script, I really wish I could appreciate it for what it is, a demonstration of cutting edge CGI, but it I just couldn’t this time. The novelty factor carried the first movie but the sequel unfortunately doesn’t share the same advantage.” Giving the sequel a 3 out of 10 rating. Despite this, other reviews have praised the movie for its understated messages and themes.

A clear vision of what they were attempting to accomplish and produce through this film can be seen. Though it didn’t feel like there was enough time to really get to know the character, this film does a good job of outlining what they were attempting to do and create. For instance, while watching it, we were able to understand why certain characters acted the way they did. For example, Kiri’s main objective is to learn more about her mother, while Lo’ak’s sole objective is to discover and understand himself in an effort to demonstrate his self-awareness.

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