Avatar: The Way of Water

Returning to the distant planet of Pandora and a home to the Navi people/creatures, former Avatar, Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), is troubled when he sees the return of the Sky people (humans from Earth). Before long Jake and his whole family are on the run, taking up refuge amongst the Navi who live by the ocean. But, it’s only a matter of time before Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang) and his team track the family. It’s up to Jake and his family to save each other and save the planet, again, but at what cost? Directed By James Cameron and Written by Cameron, Rick Jaffa, and Amanda Silver, this most anticipated sequel of 2022 that nobody asked for hits theatres this weekend with a bombastic crash poised to make a massive dent at the box office. Impressive with its shock and awe visuals, Cameron has once again set the bar high for digital effects and motion capture creating an immersive environment best viewed in 3D, never has underwater CGI looked so accurate. To that end, Cameron gets high marks as he did with Avatar (2009); but, again, beyond the beauty, thin plot, weak character development, and lack of succinctness brings this three hour and twelve minute lug to a sluggish finish, only to realize there are three more films on deck to continue the story, woof, that’s a lot of CGI, that’s a lot of blue people, that may be too much. Time will tell. Let’s just hope the writing gets better from here on out? Avatar: The Way of Water is rated PG-13.