Avatar: The Way of Water Review – An Epic Action-Adventure Movie
James Cameron returns to the fascinating world of Pandora after 13 years, and the massive box he unpacks contains an array of treats designed to keep spectacle-loving audiences enthralled for every instant of the immersive, spectacular, and breathtaking 192-minute voyage.
The film’s length may appear frightening at first, but once you’ve immersed yourself in the fascinatingly detailed extrasolar planet where the action takes place, there’s no possibility of boredom or monotony setting in.
Avatar: The Way of Water, written by Cameron, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, has such a sepulchral force of storytelling that it does not feel like it is peddling more of what the super-successful Avatar did in 2009. Not only does it go beyond, but it also soars higher and dives deeper.
Avatar: The Way of Water Review tells you all the things you can’t imagine about the movie.
No beginning and no end
The ‘way of water’ has no beginning and no end… water connects everything… death to life, darkness to light, says one of the reef people among whom Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) seeks refuge in order to protect his family when an old, ruthless foe returns to torment the Na’vi in a new body with an old mind that retains the memories of a defeat.
The film isn’t free-flowing and fanciful like water. It does have an enthralling beginning and a thrilling finale, with a solid midsection connecting the two nicely organized ends. But it does have watery rhythms. Furthermore, the magical yarn that it spins connects a wide range of concepts and subjects.
They range from the sanctity of familial relationships to individuals who live in spiritual contact with the natural world around them. Both of these defining traits are important to Sully, his wife Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), and their children’s battle.
Sullyu family includes 3 children
The Sullyu family includes three biological children – Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), and Tuk (Trinity Jo-li Bliss) – an adopted child (Kiri, played by Sigourney Weaver), and a human boy Spider (Jack Champion), who was left behind in Pandora after the events of the previous film because he was too young to be transported back.
Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang), who has taken on the guise of a Na’vi in order to avenge his human-form death at the hands of the forest people during the latter’s victory over invading humans intent on destroying their way of life. He causes havoc and leaves a path of destruction in his wake. He wants Jake Sully to stop fighting. That is the crux of the conflict between the two individuals and the powers they represent.
Mankind require another globe
Colonel Quaritch must achieve a grander mission: the capture of Pandora. General Frances Ardmore plainly states the reason. Earth is dying, and mankind require another globe to colonize and transform into a new home. Needless to say, the project is devoid of humanity, albeit Quaritch’s zeal for the task at hand has a personal element to it.
As leader of the Omaticaya, Jake Sully treats his duties with the seriousness that they deserve. He is equally committed to arming his children with the tools they need to defend themselves when danger threatens. He is especially harsh on his younger son Lo’ak (Britain Dalton). Lo’ak longs for acceptance as a warrior but frequently earns his father’s wrath.
When Neytiri suggests that Sully be gentler with his children, he responds, “I am their father. It’s my responsibility.” His wife corrects him, saying, “We are not a squad; we are a family.” Jake can anticipate the dangers that await him when one of his extended brood is kidnapped by Quaritch’s crew. He leaves Pandora’s jungle and settles on the island where the Metkayina reef people live.
The movie is an epic action-adventure film
Avatar: The Way of Water is an epic action-adventure film that rides on the most stunning visual effects – the ‘magic’ on the screen looks ‘real’ for the most part, which bears testimony to Cameron and his team’s no-holds-barred approach – but, like its predecessor, it incorporates topics that are both emotionally engaging and thematically on point into its phenomenal sweep.
The issue of defending one’s world against aggressive colonial forces does not overshadow the need to adapt to new cultures and fresh perspectives – a sort of microcosmic mirroring of the long human history of migration of endangered individuals and communities and the attendant challenges – no matter how alien they may be.
Indeed, Jake Sully’s family with Neytiri exemplifies the axiom that it takes all kinds to form the world. It is mixed and peaceful. That is the argument he makes when the Metkayina people, commanded by their chief Tonowari (Cliff Curtis) and his wife Ronal (Kate Winslet), are initially hesitant to accept them into their fold.
A few skirmishes apart, Jake’s children find ways to form deep relationships with the Metkayina people, the sea that is an integral part of their lives, and the creatures that live in it, including a ‘outcast’ tulkun, an aquatic creature with which the reef people have a special bond, a fact that Lo’ak quickly recognizes.
The relentless pace of the narrative, the incredible quality of the CGI work, and the continually clear delineation of the characters make Avatar: The Way of Water a sequel that is just as brilliant as, if not better than, its predecessor. It’s constantly creative and wonderfully entertaining. It’s what great cinematic wizardry looks like.