Avatar: The Way of Water review: Total Paisavasool

‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ the long-awaited sequel to James Cameron’s blockbuster ‘Avatar’ (2009), was released today. ‘Avatar: The Way of Water,’ set roughly 15 years after the events of the first film, follows the journey of Jake Sully and Neytiri’s family of five children.

When a villain from their previous world appears in a new avatar, the Sully family flees to the Metkayina clan’s homeland on distant islands. The rest of the movie is about Jake Sully’s efforts to protect his family.

The film ‘Avatar’ was entirely set on the new planet Pandora. The sequel’s plot begins when Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) learns that Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang) in his new avatar is on the hunt for him. The Colonel gets Na’vi features and has sole mission of killing Jake Sully.

The Sullys seek refuge on distant islands and seek assistance from the Metkayina tribe, led by Ronal (Kate Winslet) and Tonowari (Cliff Curtis). The drama then begins on the Ocean.

The drama begins with the Metkayina people, who can swim for hours underwater, and how the Sully family adjusts to life in the water.

“The sea is your home before your birth and after your death. The sea gives and the sea takes. Water connects all things. Life to death. Darkness to light,” Jake Sully tells his kids, after they arrive on the islands. This idea is brilliantly carried forward throughout the rest of the film.

The focus of the drama moves away from Jake Sully and onto his children and their adventures. The tulkun, a whale-like creature, has been labelled a pariah by the rest of its people. One of Jake Sully’s sons, who shares this creature’s sense of isolation, comes to regard it as a friend. The story of their friendship is told so movingly.

The film’s final act contains a number of its most memorable scenes.

Despite shallow villain characterization, the showdown between him and the hero is exciting. Their family, the hero keeps saying, is like a formidable fortress. Consequently, there are scenes set up to demonstrate this, with everyone in the family taking part in the action stunts.

It’s possible to draw parallels between this film and ‘Narappa’ (Vetrimaaran’s ‘Asuran’), but the focus here is less on the story and more on the overall experience. The title, the emphasis on family, and the use of Amrut (nectar) all lend the film a decidedly Indian flavour as well.

With regards to acting, both Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana are fantastic in their respective roles. In addition to their heroic deeds, they also add to the story’s emotional weight. Kate Winslet gives a commanding performance as the tribal leader. The villain role Stephen Lang plays in this movie is fantastic.

In terms of technical values, this movie is light years ahead. The results are extraordinary in every way, from the cinematography to the special effects. It appears that the pace was slowed down on purpose. However, the length is a serious detriment. Because of its length, this can sometimes make us feel bored.

Bottom line: ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ starts slowly and takes its time getting to the real drama. The spectacular world of the new islands, as well as the mind-blowing sequences in the middle hour, have provided a new experience. It offers a completely immersive 3D experience.

Despite the fact that the film lasts more than three hours, the final hour makes us forget everything. The action sequences in water are truly marvelous, and James Cameroon tells the story with Desi sentiments. Watch it in 3D.

Rating: 3.25/5

By: Jalapathy Gudelli

 

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