The Way Of Water is garnering positive early responses

Avatar: The Way Of Water is garnering positive early response

Avatar: The way of the water
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James Camerons avatar series has evolved over the years: from an unprecedented blockbuster to semi-forgotten cultural artifact to the most anticipated follow-up of the year. Early responses to Avatar: The way of the water indicate that the sequel certainly delivers, with one message becoming clear from early audiences: “Never bet against James Cameron.”

One of the movie’s biggest cheerleaders Pinocchio filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, echoing one of them leading philosophers of modern cinema when he tweeted, “I’ll say it again: Avatar 2 – when you see it, you realize how long it’s been since you saw a MOVIE-MOVIE (so, in all caps).” Rather him had shared that the movie is “A staggering feat,” adding that it’s “suffocated [sic] of majestic vistas and emotions on an epic, epic scale. A master at the height of his abilities…”

Cameron’s mastery is a common refrain for critics who have seen the film. Weekly entertainments Yolanda Macado called the director “a technology master” whose “direction is most accurate here.” Drew Taylor from The cover wrote about being “overwhelmed” by The way of the water‘s “technical mastery and unexpectedly intimate emotional scope.” Vultures Bilge Two said it’s Cameron’s “sweetest, softest, most personal movie. Perhaps his most emotional. It returns to all of his greatest hits, but it’s always completely heartfelt.” Ebiri added: “He never leaves Pandora. He loves this family.”

“[It’s] an Avatar movie: slow start, big build up, incredibly compelling second act with loads of world building and cool creatures blessing your way out, then an hour of screaming good crystal clear emotionally sharp action to send you home full and happy, tweeted The Atlantic Oceans david sims. IndieWires David honest called the film “light years better than the first and easily one of the best theatrical experiences in ages,” and said he wasn’t particularly hung up on a avatar continued but now “can’t *wait* to see avatar3.”

There is some criticism to be found among the fawning praise. Story-wise, Machado wrote that the film “is just….Dancing with wolves and Free Willy for Gen Z!” The long runtime was noted by several viewers (it “feels drawn out at 3 hours and 10 minutes”, producer and critic Scott Mantz noticed), while Empires Amon Warman tweeted that “many of the storylines feel like they have to stop and start, and the high frame rate hit the mark for me.” Even in a mostly positive response, Uproxxs Mike Ryan joked that the movie was “[maybe] too overwhelming” because “Sometimes I miss plot points because I’m staring at a Pandora fish.”

Fans can decide for themselves whether the return to Pandora is worth the wait when the movie opens wide on December 16, 2022. But based on these impressions from the first wave of viewers, it seems that hitmaker James Cameron has indeed had another hit.

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