The first viewers of the long-awaited sequel – “Avatar 2. The Way of Water” by James Cameron, by tradition, were members of American critical guilds – and the first reviews have already appeared in the press. Their main emotion is delight in the visual power of the new picture, far surpassing the film of thirteen years ago – although this seemed to be impossible. Cameron has perfected the power of motion capture technology, transforming live action figures in the studio into fantastical creatures living flawlessly natural lives on screen.
The main impression – from the fantastic pictures of the unearthly nature created by computer magicians of Cameron’s laboratories. These pictures are so detailed, so abundantly populated with bizarre marine and forest life, that, one critic writes, you will have to watch the film over and over again to even try to master all this incredible visual information.
The plot of the new picture takes place ten years after the events of the first “Avatar“. During this time, Jake (Sam Worthington) and his wife Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) managed to create a happy family and get kids – sons Neteyama (Jamie Flatters) and Loak (Britten Dalton), and in addition, they adopted the orphan Kiri (Sigourney Weaver). But the aggressors from Earth have returned to Pandora, led by Quarich (Stephen Lang) – the same ruthless marine who, it would seem, died at the end of Avatar. But the classic villain has been reborn in the body of an avatar and is determined to take revenge.
Fleeing from the aggressors, Jake and his family are looking for a new refuge among the tribes living in harmony with the water elements. (As we remember, the first film was a kind of hymn to the elements of the forest – now the director’s attention is given to the oceans, the fate of which, under the onslaught of human activity, causes serious concern – this is the leading motive of the new film). The Na’vi tribe once again symbolizes a civilization based on respect for wildlife, as opposed to the colonialists from the Earth, who seek only benefits from the predatory exploitation of natural resources.
already had a certain “primal power” in the plot, the sequel does not have such a powerful plot line, and the new characters – the same children of Jake, although they occupy a central place in the plot, are inferior to the former heroes in attractiveness: they are not so interesting, and the insidious plans of earthlings are no longer so intriguing. Amicably admiring the work of the techies-artists of the film, its first viewers do not hide some disappointment from self-repetitions.
The Way of the Water is released worldwide on December 16th. Avatar 2 will be followed by three more final episodes, with the fifth and final installment of the franchise due out in 2028.