Movie Review: Avatar: The Way of Water
Actor: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Brittany Dalton, Kate Winslet
Director: James Cameron
Category: English, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi-fantasy
Duration: 3 Hrs 12 Min
Avatar: The Way of Water
Director James Cameron’s ‘Avatar 2’ is one of those films of this era, which despite being Hollywood, established a deep connection with the Indian audience due to its family values, human emotions and amazing-unimaginable special effects. This is the reason why the audience was eagerly waiting for the film. This can be gauged from the fact that more than four lakh tickets have been sold in advance booking for the weekend. After the super success of ‘Avatar’ that released in 2009, the audience’s expectations for ‘Avatar The Way of Water’ were skyrocketing and we have no qualms in saying that James Cameron does not disappoint the audience. They take you to magical worlds that are far beyond your imagination, but the amazing thing is that despite being a different world, the core of the story is purely human.
The story of ‘Avatar 2’ has moved forward ten years
In the second part of ‘Avatar’, the story has progressed ten years. In the previous episode, viewers saw how humans were searching for valuable minerals on Pandora. But now humans are feeling that living on this earth is difficult, so they are looking for a new home. Here on Pandora, Na’vi Jack Sully (Sam Worthington) lives a happy life as a family man with his lovely wife Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and four children. Among his four children, two sons and two daughters, there is also an adopted daughter. Plus there’s the human baby Spider (Jack Champion). It is a joyous feeling for Salli and Neytiri as parents to watch their children grow day by day. But then someone’s eye gets on their laughing-playing life.
Attack on Sully’s Children
Earthlings, known by the people of Pandora as the Sky People, have hired an avatar of Colonel Quaritch created from the memories and DNA of the deceased Colonel Miles, on a mission to get revenge on Sully. Colonel Quaritch is accompanied by a squad equipped with modern weapons, whose only objective is to take revenge on Sully. Somehow he attacks Sully’s kids and takes Spider hostage. Now Sully’s family and her community are in danger. But this time, instead of choosing war over war, Sully chooses his family and gives up his chieftainship to protect the family. He comes to Tonovari of the Metkayna community to take refuge. After leaving the forests of Pandora, he is now on the island of Tonovri, for whom the sea is everything. In a way, they consider themselves to be water creatures. The biggest challenge for Sully’s family is adapting to the new world of sea and water.
Due to Sali, the Tonovri community is also in danger.
Initially there is a clash between Sali and Tonawari’s children, but Tonawari’s daughter is always supportive towards Sali’s children and helps them to adapt to the new environment. Just as Sully and his family are learning how to live with the ocean, Colonel Quaritch arrives with his troop. He is accompanied by a scientist from Earth, who is on a mission to extract a substance from the brain of a giant whale like the pychan, which will be able to give humans a long life. Now the Tonovari community is also in danger because of Sali. Will Sully be able to take on the burden of protecting his family as well as the Tonovari kingdom in these trying circumstances? Or will he have to pay a very high price? You will have to watch the movie to know this end of the story.
James Cameron Extends His Avatar’s Legacy in Gorgeous Ways
Nearly seven years of hard work, director James Cameron carries forward the legacy of his Avatar in grand and shocking fashion. After watching this film made at a cost of around 2000 crores, it is understood that there is no match for the excellence of VFX in it. Then Cameron manages to hold on to the heart of the story and that is human emotion. The people of Nawi or Tonowari community may live in forests or seas, their tails or hands may be tied, but emotionally you feel a deep connection with them, because they too are trying to save their place, their people and their families just like us. Ready to go to any extent.
Amazing VFX in ‘Avatar 2’
Coming to the VFX, this time Cameron takes us from the jungles to a world of ocean where everything is so beautiful and magical that after a while you too find yourself immersed in the same. Cameron’s story telling looks like a grand epic, which has all kinds of juice, be it heroic juice or compassion or makeup. Technically, Cameron has also taken the film up several notches. It is a great visual treat to see the underwater world and its creatures in 3D effects in the film. Be it the background score or the melodious music or the cinematography, everything is excellent.
The only major flaw in ‘Avatar 2’
The film is edited by the director himself in collaboration with David Brenner, John Refoua, and Stephen Rivkin. The credit for the film’s cinematography goes to Russell Carpenter. The drawback of the film is that the film is 3 hours 13 minutes long. The first part is spent by Cameron in developing the characters, which seems drawn out and dull. But in the last 30-40 minutes your eyes become dazzled.
This is why you should watch ‘Avatar 2’
WHY TO WATCH: IMAX just might be the best way to deliver a cinematic experience to this technically brilliant film. Must watch the film to feel a different world.
My Rating: 4/5
Author: Sangeeta Verma
Occupation: Indian film critic and reviewer
Education: Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, Masters in Mass Communication
Career: Sangeeta Verma started her career as a freelance writer and film critic and continuing it.