No one could dispute the ability and talent of James Cameron to achieve films that literally become icons and part of cinema history. Maybe you don’t have a lot of titles in your repertoire as a director, but the numbers are relative. He achieved massive success with Terminator 1 and Terminator 2, began diving into the oceans first with The Abyss, won 11 Oscars with Titanic and, with the first installment of Avatar in 2009, managed to have the film highest grossing film in history. And after 13 years of waiting, which Cameron approved to create new filming technologies and send the foundations for the sequels of the stories that will take place in Pandora (and beyond), Avatar 2: The Way of Water arrived.
After 3 hours and 10 minutes, the new proposal starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet, in an enormous cast, leaves mixed feelings.
For the first few minutes, the 3D scenes (of true 3D) are truly amazing. Even without being in an IMAX complex, one feels that one is literally transported to another planet. The close-ups of the characters are sometimes so well done that the digitization seems like what we are seeing are real beings in a real world.
But maintaining this level of “realism” for more than three hours, at least, with current technology, including all the dedication put in by Cameron, is very difficult to maintain. And from this feeling of making us believe that what we are seeing is “for real”, we move on to other scenes more similar to what one might see in a video game.
This back and forth between the near perfection of digitization and forcing unnecessary moments and actions to the extreme, they don’t let us fully immerse ourselves in the story, beyond the depth to which Cameron wanted to take us.
The script of Avatar 2: The Way of Water is simple, but not because of it, it has to be discredited. Some critics talk about the lack of depth in the history of the colonization of humans towards Pandora or the tribes, but, we could not talk about a film of more than three hours, but hours and hours sent to our armchairs Sometimes a movie is about getting experiences and entertainment.
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Here we will see Jake Sully living happily with his new family on Pandora, but this happiness is quickly ruined, when his former boss, Colonel Miles Quaritch, killed by Neytiri in the first installment, is reborn as a Na’Vi avatar , thanks to cloning technology, seeking not only to conquer the moon as a new home for a languishing Earth, but also with revenge.
The development of the plot is simple and Cameron devotes a large part of the time of the film to showing the wonders of the flora and fauna of Pandora, and especially of its oceans, a more than clear fascination that the director has, and which was seen in Titanic and The Abyss, and which somehow recreates some scenes from those films, especially in the final 30 minutes.
Sometimes the difference between a science fiction and a fantasy film is clear. The Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter are clearly fantasy proposals. Interstellar or 2001, Odisea del Espacio, are clear examples of science fiction.
With Avatar 2: The Way of Water there is a very thin line between the two. Because there is a lot (a large part) of fantasy, but with a certain science background behind it.
That’s why, going back to the beginning, Avatar 2 is a mixture of sensations and, clearly, it is very difficult to overcome the surprise that the original film meant. It is also difficult to think how the sequels of Avatar 3, 4 and 5, projected for 2024, 2026 and 2028, will follow.
Qualify The way of the water is not easy. The work behind the cameras has been enormous, but perhaps, all that, was not seen as one would have expected 13 years later. The aim of entertaining has been achieved, but not so much to surprise. And perhaps, a little bit of the fault lies with the director himself, who has given us bad habits. Anyway, dear James, our well-deserved applause goes.