“Avatar: The Way of Water” Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla) #AvatarTheWayOfWater

“Avatar: The Way of Water” Movie Review by Rafy Mediavilla (@Rmediavilla) #AvatarTheWayOfWater

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), 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.

I have to admit that I truly didn’t have any hype coming into the theater before watching “Avatar: The Way of Water” and judging just by the trailers and the promos I wasn’t really buying anything I felt all I was getting is basically a rehash version of the first one which also I wasn’t really a fan of, To me 3D projection it’s a gimmick, and while I have to admit that James Cameron did revolutionize the industry when the first one came out with this technology to me I felt that filmmakers that used the technology put too much thought on the visual aspect of the movie, and the script became a secondary afterthought.

With all the way I think it’s safe to say we all know where this review is going regarding the movie. If we are only going to judge this movie from the visual point of view it is a given that we must describe this movie as another visual masterpiece coming from James Cameron. And from a technical aspect what he has come to achieve once again with this Avatar movie should be described as a technical masterpiece. Yet my problem with this movie and maybe with this whole franchise is that if this is going to be the modus operandi of whatever we will get or the next 4 movies the question arises of what he can do next technically so that we could describe his work for more than just a visual technical masterpiece.

Because story wise if all we’re getting for the next 4 movies are the different themes of Pandora and a bloated script of repetitive outings that there’s no reason for any movie including this one to have a runtime of 190 minutes. Where Avatar establishes a base for the story and where this franchise is going all The Way of Water did Was at layers or new elements to what was already built. And I do have to take my hat off to James Cameron for utilizing his platform to speak up about the environment I feel this is not enough to justify former films with uploaded runtime and repetitive scripts.

Now if there’s one thing that absolutely shines beyond the visual aspect of the movie and their performances the emotions of the characters and what they were going through translated perfectly behind the technology used to recreate these characters. Everyone from Sam Worthington as Jake Sully continues to protect his family, from Stephan Lang as Quaritcj revenge vendetta, to Zoe Saldana as Neytiri doing just about anything regarding the cost to save his kids, to Sigourney Weaver’s as Kiri with her curiousness regarding this new world, and finding his connection with her family, to the kids being teenagers misbehaving, at the heart of the story the family aspect of it all worked for me but it did take a toll with the runtime as I constantly saw Cameron repeating himself putting this character in the same situation over and over again.

Ultimately, “Avatar: The Way of Water” is a movie a deserves to be seen on the biggest screen possible, with the best sound possible, because this is what the theatre experience is all about. If you can bear through the runtime and find some enjoyment within the family drama of the story, you will come out of the theater feeling that the investment was well made, but much like the first one, this one is also a hard sale regarding second watches.