13 years later we get a sequel to Avatar? Yup. Did we even want one?
The first one was visually spectacular, but the story was blah. So is it worth going to see the sequel all these years later? YES!
Remember how blown away you were by what you saw? The advancement since then is just as astounding. Do not see Avatar: Way of Water unless you see it in 3D at minimum (preferably IMAX 3D or 4DX). If someone said you could go on a Disney ride that is mind-blowing for $20, you'd do it. That's what I'm saying. And the ride is 3 hours long, not 5 minutes. Now on to the story...
To get caught up in 12 minutes with everything you need to know before you go, watch this perfect recap.
In Way of Water, our hero from the original has become fully native and his love with Neytiri has created a family. He is fully assimilated into the world of Pandora (where all life is connected). With a much better story this time, James Cameron explores family and belonging. His family joins up with another tribe of water-dwelling people and learns their ways.
But before long, the villains of earth return (including the terribly one-dimensional bad guy, Colonel Quaritch who has been resurrected as an avatar himself). They are there to loot new material from Pandora, but mostly to kill Jake Sully for his betrayal in the first film.
Once the final act gets underway, the action is on!
The story is better and more developed this time. Characters (and sea creatures) have more satisfying story arcs. By the time the credits roll, you won't want to return to real life. It's a feast for the senses. Score: 8 (out of 10).
For a much richer exploration of Avatar: The Way of Water, subscribe to the Untitled Film Project Podcast or listen below. Hosted by Jeremy K Gover, Justin Bradford, and yours truly, Jim Chandler. (members: Music City Film Critics Association). "See the movie, listen to the podcast."