Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way of Water

Picture by Tiffani Pe

The long-awaited “Avatar” sequel was finally released on December 16, 2022, many years after the first movie was released 13 years ago in 2009. Director and producer James Cameron started his journey with the second movie in 2010. Despite the long wait, Cameron and his team of over 1,000 members managed to make it work and produced this successful film, earning them 1.928 billion dollars at the U.S. box office, becoming the highest-grossing film of 2022.

The movie is about protagonist Jake Sully and his family having their world invaded by the sky people and striking back. When times get complicated, and they have lost their home, they have no choice but to leave and find a new place to adapt and build their lives. He and his family eventually find the oceanic Navi on the reefs of Pandora. 

The way this movie series introduced a different kind of Navi and incorporated them throughout caught my attention. Movie makers often need help weaving in new ideas because we need to know how the audience would react. For example, the character Spider; he’s a human being that lives with the Navi and was raised basically as the community’s child, very close to Jake as he gets older. Once the movie was released, and everyone had an idea of who he was, only a few people enjoyed his presence and thought it was pointless having him there. On the other hand, oceanic Navi were better presented, considering viewers’ opinions worldwide.  

According to James Cameron, he’s already planning to release more sequels to the Avatar franchise. He’s already started production for “Avatar 3” and plans on having the release sometime during December of 2023 and wanting to release “Avatar 4” about two years later, in December of 2025. 

Overall, it’s a great movie that I would recommend if you enjoy science fiction or action films; “Avatar: The Way of Water” fits those two genres perfectly, although if you want to watch, be prepared to be laying back for quite some time. “Avatar 2” stands with a running time of three hours and 12 minutes in length!