Review – Avatar: The Way of Water makes a splash ★★★★☆

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With the original Avatar being the highest grossing film of all time, the sequel certainly had a lot to live up to – and it smashed the ball straight out of the stratosphere with a riveting and emotional plot that was definitely worth the wait.

How was it?

It’s been thirteen years since our first visit to Pandora and the CGI generated utopia is just as, if not more, beautiful and elaborate as before.

Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) is as we left him in the original, part of the Na’vi with his mate, Neytiri, played by Zoe Saldaña.

A time jump of around fifteen years sees them settled into their life in the forest before, once again, the peace is disrupted. This disruption causes them to flee their land and they find themselves having to learn ‘the way of water’.

Image Credit: 20th Century Studios

As captivating as ever, Saldaña performs with such intensity it can move you to tears. Neytiri plays a role that could have been more prominent throughout the middle of the film, but whenever she is onscreen, the battle warrioress steals the scene and delivers a performance that the film could not have gone without.

Image Credit: 20th Century Studios

Avatar showed the world the beauty of heavy CGI in 2009, a time where for many viewers it was still a novelty. Now, in 2022, where CGI is used for sequences as simple as dinners, director James Cameron still manages to break boundaries and stun with his artificially generated world.

The cinematography, particularly in the underwater scenes, was flawless. It allured the audience to this new side of Pandora, whilst still capturing what we loved about the beauty of the original.

The lighting and contrast, the tones and textures, were all captured with precision too perfect to be part of the natural world, but fit seamlessly into this CGI dependent art.

Image Credit: 20th Century Studios

A little disappointingly, Simon Franglen’s score lacked impact. However, just before the final act and right until the end, there was beautiful composition that came into play which really influenced the emotion at the film’s culmination.

In conclusion…

With the original known for being groundbreaking but forgettable, Avatar: The Way of Water has a plot that is not only action packed, but highly emotive and harrowing- one that viewers certainly won’t forget in a hurry.

It’s a film that’s worthy of the title ‘blockbuster’, and a great one to catch in cinemas if you get the chance.

Featured Image Credit: 20th Century Studios

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