Rocky’s Movie Reviews: Avatar 2

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Avatar 2: The Way of Water is a spectacular movie that mixes surreal visuals with an intriguing storyline to create this interesting yet enjoyable film for viewers worldwide.

Similar to the first installment, Avatar 2 takes place in 2157 on Pandora, a moon approximately four lightyears away from Earth.

In this three-hour and twelve-minute movie, director and writer James Cameron leads protagonist Jake Sully, and his family, through obstacles they must overcome to stay safe, and the conflicts they embrace.

The original Avatar was about humans finding a very expensive mineral known as Unabtainium. Whereas, the second one was more focused on the fact that Earth is dying (keep in mind, this takes place a century in the future) and Pandora happens to be habitable. However, conflicts arise when humans find that there are living species on the newly found moon.

Avatar 2: The Way of Water is a spectacular movie that mixes surreal visuals with an intriguing storyline to create this interesting yet enjoyable film for viewers worldwide.”

In the first one, the sky people (humans) use mechanized suits, ships, and heavy firearms to forcefully take the Unabtainium. A war was waged between humans and the Na’vi. The alien race won and sent the unloyal humans back to Earth. Some stayed because of the loyalty they had to the Na’vi.

In the new installment, the sky people return because their Earth is in critical condition, so the need for a new home is imminent. This time, there are a group of sky people that figure out a way to transfer their conscience into an artificial Na’vi known as an Avatar.

Director James Cameron knew that a special touch needed to be added in order to make a successful sequel that comes anywhere close to its predecessor. Also, this was a greatly anticipated film due to the delayed release date.

Avatar 2: The Way of Water was originally supposed to be released back in 2010, just a year after the original Avatar movie. The reason behind the delay is that the technologies needed for the movie hadn’t been developed yet.

Cameron had the vision to create an underwater scene where a different species of Na’vi live. This called for underwater filming technology, but also a tub with a capacity of 250,000 gallons of water.

Specifically for this film, Cameron developed a new technology that was able to take CGI underwater.

After the first Avatar set the record for the highest-grossing film of all time, its sequel had big shoes to fill. The budget for the second movie hasn’t been explicitly stated by Cameron himself, but estimations were anywhere from 200-300 million dollars.

As of January 3, 2023, the movie has already grossed 1.4 billion dollars. However, Cameron still says that it’s not where it needs to be in order to meet profit quotas.