Movie Review: Avatar: The Way of Water

A spoiler-free review of the long-awaited sequel to the 2009 movie, Avatar.


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The Disney+ movie poster for the sequel Avatar: The Way of Water.

In 2009, 21st Century Fox released the movie Avatar. It was a shell-shocker of a film, making an insane 2.9 billion dollars at the box office, breaking and still holding the world record for the most profit made by a movie at the box office.  

With its purchase by Disney, Avatar has more earnings than the likes of Avenger’s Endgame (2019) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Now that the sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water, is out, hopes are high for it to live up to its predecessor. When the first Avatar came out, it seemed the only thing people could talk about the movie was its stunning CGI. 

The sequel created visuals that seem on par with, if not even better than, the first movie. The imagery is not the only thing that sets it out from other blockbusters; another distinction is the using the 13-year anticipation from the original to make a memorable piece of film. The same director that directed the first, James Cameron, also directed TitanicTerminator 1 and Terminator 2Aliens, and many highly successful films. Avatar: The Way of Water also had a lot of differences, including a complex score by Simon Franglen, who did not do the composition from the first. 

This film, as stated before, has some of, if not the best, visuals in all of cinema. But despite the graphics, the story is rather bland and generic. It is not a poor plot at all, but this is definitely not the best part of the movie, and it sometimes felt boring to sit through– due to the lacking story and colossal run time of three hours and 12 minutes. Because of the varying factors, Avatar: The Way of Water seems like a movie you would enjoy more visually than story-wise.

Overall this movie is good but lacks a bit in the story department. If you are looking for a film to watch with friends or family, this could be satisfactory if you’re ready to sit still for three hours and 12 minutes.