“Avatar The Way Of The Water:” Is The Length Worth It?

Cameran Martinez, Staff Writer

“Avatar: The Way Of The Water” was released on December 16th, 13 years after the original, “Avatar” released in 2009, which was the first ever film to earn more than $2 billion. It took over 13 years to release a sequel because they needed to get the right technology to film motion capture underwater. You can see how obvious the upgrade in technology is compared to the first film. The film was so intricate and was perfected in the best way possible that even though the length of the movie was 3 hours plus it felt like there wasn’t enough time.

This time Avatar was produced by Disney and 20th Century Studios and it was directed by James Cameron, who also directed the first Avatar movie. With a running time of 3 hours, it illustrates a beautiful journey that will keep you invested the whole time and it will make you want to be one of the Na’vi people.

Since we met Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) over 10 years ago, he and Neytiri (Zoe Saldaña) still live in Pandora but this time with a big family. Jake has three kids with Neytiri: Neteyam (Jamie Flatters), Lo’ak (Britain Dalton), and Tuk (Trinity Bliss), and they also adopt two others: Kiri (Sigourney Weaver) and Miles “Spider” Socorro (Jack Champion.)

Their regular life is yet again ruined by a new invasion from the sky people. This time recurring actor Stephen Lang plays Colonel Quaritch who wants to get revenge. But, this time, he is a Na’vi clone, making him much more physically powerful. Jake and his family flee Pandora and come to a village of the water people known as the Metkayina Clan. The chief, Tonowari (Cliff Curtis), and his wife, Ronal (Kate Winslet) are reluctant to let the forest people in, and while the family tries to figure out the way of the water, Quaritch and his gang are on the hunt for him and his family.

When the first Avatar came out it’s evident that its visual effects is what got it to be on top of the box office and James Cameron has made sure to make a big upgrade on these effects. Right when you start watching the VFX graphics and the 3D shots are extremely captivating. What makes the avatar series so mesmerizing is how it doesn’t feel like you’re watching a cartoon but how all of the elements in the production make the Na’vi people seem real. With the addition of insanely high-grade water technology, the visuals are absolutely stunning.

Trinity Jo-Li Bliss she is known for the character Tuktirey (A.K.A. Tuk), the youngest child of Sully family in the “Avatar: The Way Of Water”. She and her family have to quickly adapt to their new “home” trying to escape from the pressure of the sky people. (Disney)

The cinematography shots create a feeling that you’re exploring with them and you’re experiencing things just like they are.

The acting is what puts the cherry on top. The actors make the movie such an emotional ride as they perfectly display and act out many of their hardships. Even when the actors had to wear suits with markers/special body suits in real life, which might make people feel silly, they were still able to put on amazing performances.

“Avatar The Way of The Water” immerses you in a rich emotional experience with beautiful visuals. If you loved the first Avtar there is no doubt you won’t love the second because it incorporates a lot of lore from the first movie. Even if you haven’t watched the first Avatar, it is a movie you must watch. The only downside is that you should prepare for its lengthy, three-hour run time.