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Avatar: The Way of Water proves to be better

Avatar: The Way of Water has had its first screening for critics, while fans still have to wait until later this December.

The sequel to James Cameron’s 2009 film recently received its first wave of reviews.

Cameron’s highly anticipated project was worth the wait as Avatar: The Way of Water received critical acclaim.


The reviews will have fans counting down the days until the theatrical release of Avatar: The Way of Water later this month.

Brandon Davis of Comicbook had nothing but positive words for 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 was vastly 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 and said it was “mind-blowing.”

She also noted that Avatar: The Way of Water has an abiding sense of “serving the character and the building.”

The film

According to Digital Spy, Avatar: The Way of Water picks up the story of Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Ney’tiri (Zoe Saldana).

In the sequel, the protagonists of the first film start a family.

However, an ancient threat resurfaced on Pandora.

In addition, Jake has an extra conflict with 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 shared that he’s developing the fourth film.

The sequel to Avatar is set to hit screens in 2026, with part five coming two years later.

James Cameron revealed that he’s already shot parts of Avatar 3 with a direction 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 hand over the reins to a different director.

The director admitted that the production of the Avatar movies was “all-consuming”, suggesting he might not be able to helm the post-Avatar: The Way of the Water franchise.

“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.”


The first reviews for Avatar: The Way of Water are in and it looks like James Cameron has done it again

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