First Glance: “Avatar: The Way of Water”

James Cameron’s much anticipated sequel to his quintessential blockbuster “Avatar” is finally upon us. A while back 20th Century Studios gave us our first tease. Yesterday they dropped the first full trailer for “Avatar: The Way of Water”, and to no surprise it was a visual showcase more than a story reveal. While many of the effects look amazing, it was hard not to notice the clear CGI in some scenes. Still, for me the biggest question mark is the story. So much about the first film’s narrative felt copied-and-pasted from several other movies. I’m really hoping the new “Avatar” has a fresh story to tell.

In the trailer Cameron again treats us to the glory of Pandora. We see its forests, animal life, and most significantly this time around, its waters. We also see Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana reprising their roles as Jake Sully and Neytiri. Set a decade after the events of the first film, we see the couple starting a family and enjoying life on their planet. But we also see the dangers they face just to survive and it’s pretty clear that a greater threat looms in the near distance. Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, CCH Pounder, and Giovanni Ribisi also return while Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, and Jemaine Clement are among the newcomers. I’m really anxious to see how the $250 million investment turns out, especially 13 years after the original.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” hits theaters December 16, 2022. Check out the trailer below and let me know if you’ll be seeing it or taking a pass.

12 thoughts on “First Glance: “Avatar: The Way of Water”

  1. I saw it on my TV yesterday on YouTube and… I don’t know. I’m more concerned about the story which I thought was a bit weak in the first film as it did feel like Dances with Smurfs.

  2. I have to be honest , I’ve zero interest in this and the trailer did zip for me. I tried to rewatch Avatar again a while back a d stopped less than half way through. Never understood the hype for very derivative storytelling .

  3. I have never, ever, EVER gotten why Avatar was so wildly popular. I get that it looked fantastic in the era it came out, but I didn’t find it compelling at all story-wise. That being said, I will see this one when it comes out. Since the visual and sound bars have been raised even higher since the original movie was made, let’s see if James Cameron can rise to the occasion as he has before…and maybe this time deliver for me a story that invites me in as much as his visuals surely will.

  4. I’m looking forward to this one. I posted elsewhere like the first, I don’t expect a lot from the plot, it is the submersion into Pandora that I’m ready to experience again. For me Avatar did an excellent job of bringing the place alive, like if I could get on a spaceship I could go visit it. And it made me think what if something similar is out there somewhere? (Stargate is another that gave me the same what-if feeling) So no doubt this is going to be the typical three acts with (hopefully) the good guys winning in the end. I don’t expect a lot more, but I am soooooo ready to experience that world again.

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