AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER – A Review by Gadi Elkon

It only took a baker’s dozen of years for James Cameron to unleash the second of his Avatar series.  AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER is now out in theaters and here is my full review.

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.

Avatar: The Way of Water accomplishes proving James Cameron’s belief in capturing a visually-stunner that redefines the landscape of the medium.  It also proves that Cameron’s epic tale does have a sustainable story that ironically is about the battle of sustainability.  Everything is heightened for this sequel.  The Sully family’s life is pushed to its limit as is the technology before our eyes.  I highly recommend seeing this film in IMAX, 3D, or some “big” feel movie theater.  If a film delivers on the full experience its this one.

Plot wise the always hunted vibe does help add more suspense and turmoil then the first film.  So much of teaching us the “world” of Pandora was needed in the first film.  This movie is allowed to jump into the dynamic family that will carry us on the journey.

The film takes off though the moment we reach the water!

AVATAR:  THE WAY OF THE WATER is needed to be seen just for the vast beauty illuminated in the underwater realm we unravel in the movie.  Visually these moments are transformative and highlight the vast potential for the Avatar universe to expand.  Cameron’s bold claim that he has a series of movies is shown possible with this final product of a sequel to JC’s infamous “game-changer” that was AVATAR.

Go big on this one folks!  See it on the most tricked out theater near you.



Director: James Cameron

Cast: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Kate Winslet, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Giovanni Ribisi, Bailey Bass, Jemaine Clement, Edie Falco, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, Jamie Flatters, Chloe Coleman, CCH Pounder, Jack Champion, Britain Dalton, Matt Gerald, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sequences of strong violence and intense action, partial nudity and some strong language)

Selig Rating: 4.5 Stars

Runtime: 192 Min.

Release Date: 12/16/2022

Local Release Locations: Wide Release

Language: English


The Selig Rating Scale:

5 Stars – Excellent movie, well worth the price.

4 Stars – Good movie

3 Stars – OK movie

2 Stars – No need to rush. Save it for a rainy day.

1 Star – Good that I saw it on the big screen but wish I hadn’t paid for it.

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