Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Runtime: 3 hr 12 minutes

The only person James Cameron is competing with – is himself. Very few movies are in the league of his 2009 hit ‘Avatar’ when it comes to being a spectacular visual treat. Over a decade later, with cheaper technologies and easy VFX fixes, most new movies still cannot beat the fantasy-action film in the graphics department. I say that with confidence because I saw Avatar for the second time in July 2022, to serve as a refresher, and it vowed me again. And if you were in awe of ‘Avatar’, rest assured that James Cameron delivers a worthy sequel for fans.

Written and directed by Cameron, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ picks up Jake Sully’s (Sam Worthington) story again, a few years after he’s been leading a happy family life with wife Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and four kids. Plot-wise, Cameron treads familiar territory again – it’s still evil greedy humans versus the nature loving Na’vi. Despite having lead a successful rebellion against ‘the sky people’, Jake finds old enemies coming after him and his family, so they leave their forest brothers and take refuge in a different part to avoid a bloodbath. So, instead of the gorgeous green forests of Pandora, viewers are made to dive into the beautiful blue waters of its aquatic tribes.

I am going to keep my review simple, short and spoiler-free. Could the story have been better? Yes. The primary conflict is a little too personal for the massive scale of the movie, although, somewhere in the second-half, there is an interesting new angle to the tale. Regardless, this sequel is a reminder of the magic of movies and world-building. Despite an old school tale, ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ offers a great escape into the spellbinding shores of Pandora, Jake Sully’s new home. The climax was slightly reminiscent of Cameron’s other big hit, ‘Titanic’, with characters fighting for their lives aboard a sinking ship, the parallelism was simply brilliant, at least for those who’d make the connection.

Watch the film in the biggest screen near you for the best cinematographic experience.

It’s a 8.5/10 from me.

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