Avatar: The Way of Water had its first screening for critics, while fans will have to wait a bit longer.
The sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 film recently received its first reviews.
Cameron’s long-awaited project was worth the wait, as Avatar: The Way of Water received rave reviews.
The rave reviews will indeed have fans counting down the days until Avatar: The Way of Water is released later this month.
Brandon Davis of Comicbook praised the film, calling it a “visual feast.”
“Avatar: The Way of Water, being more than 3 hours long, is both fulfilling and indulgent,” wrote Davis.
“It still ends wanting you to know a third is coming.”
“Constantly a visual feast, creative plays with frame rate, and never boring despite. Overall, I liked it.”
Meanwhile, CNN’s Tom Page said the film did an incredible job of being better than the original.
“#AvatarTheWayOfWater is “more is more” writ large,” Page tweeted.
“It’s more beautiful, more in awe of Pandora; more vocal in its environmentalism, more damning of humans.”
“It’s an adrenaline shot to 3D filmmaking and an uncompromising doubling down,” he continued. “You’d expect nothing less from Cameron.”
Perri Nemiroff of Collider praised the film, saying it was “mind-blowing.”
She also noted that Avatar: The Way of Water constantly feels “in service to the character and the building.”
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According to Digital Spy, Avatar: The Way of Water picks up Jake Sully’s (Sam Worthington) and Ney’tiri’s (Zoe Saldana) story.
In the sequel, the protagonists of the first film start a family.
However, an ancient threat has resurfaced on Pandora.
In addition, Jake also faces an aggressive war against humans.
The official summary from 20th Century Studio reads:
“Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water tells the story of the Sully family, the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.”
Fans of the first Avatar movie have been waiting for the sequel for over a decade, and Cameron recently announced he’s developing the fourth installment.
The sequel to Avatar is set to hit screens in 2026, with the fifth installment arriving two years later.
James Cameron revealed that he’s already shot parts of Avatar 3 with an idea of where Avatar 6 and 7 should go.
However, he shared that he might not direct the later films, adding that he was ready to pass the baton.
The director admitted that the production of the Avatar movies was “all-consuming,” suggesting he might not be able to helm the franchise after Avatar: The Way of the Water.
“I’ve got some other things I’m developing as well that are exciting,” Cameron shared.
“I think eventually over time – I don’t know if that’s after three or after four – I’ll want to pass the baton to a director that I trust to take over.”
“So I can go do some other stuff that I’m also interested in. Or maybe not. I don’t know.”