Avatar: The Way of Water – Movie Review

Avatar: The Way of Water – Movie Review

Chris Stuckmann reviews Avatar: The Way of Water, starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Winslet, Stephen Lang. Directed by James Cameron.

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43 Responses

  1. Daniel King says:

    The thing I will always say about Cameron’s stories: Simple is not bad.

  2. The Gaming Pigeon says:

    You hit the nail on the head with *how* they make these movies more agreeable for the general audience. Just look at how he did Titanic. At its base, it’s a simple Romeo and Juliet story more or less with an action movie going on in the background.

  3. alex lazzerly says:

    I think simple plot/technical achievement is the formula to almost all of Cameron’s movies not just Avatar.

  4. Juan Hernandez says:

    I think part of the reason why Cameron is keeping these movies’ themes and plot so simple it’s because he is thinking about a global audience, so universal themes like family will resonate, people can shit on him all they want but if they were managing a movie at this scale they probably do the same.

    • e c says:

      dude-stop. its crap. glad you spoke the truth. wish he invested in elquest, its a great written story and he could of gone on forever…

    • yorkiyorkxx says:

      @Jerry Berry nope. MCU is terrible

    • yorkiyorkxx says:

      Yup. No amusement park movies. Poor MCU

    • Jerry Berry says:

      Same reason with mcu

    • Chris Haven says:

      At its best, complex stories encourage you to critically think and reflect on the story’s themes and character motivations and decisions and even challenge your thoughts, ideals, morals, reasonings, logic about the world and life in general. Complex stories tend to have multiple themes and plot threads that weave together to form a solid story and beautiful masterpiece. At its worst, overly complex stories can be convoluted and frustratingly and unreasonably difficult to follow

      At its best, simple stories are clear, focused, easy to follow and cuts the fat. No unneccessary bullshit. It can also encourage you to critically think and reflect on the story’s themes and characters, but not always. At its worst, simple stories can be generic, painfully bland and store-brand basic.

      The spectrum of complexity and simplicity in a story is just another storytelling tool. You can still tell a good story either way, you just have to use the right tools for the right job in the right way

  5. Martinbumms says:

    The thing for me about Avatar is that I expect it to be gorgeous and impressive to look at. It’s not fair of me to just expect that as a given thing, but that’s just how I feel, but I watched Into the Spider-verse a thousand times and it looks gorgeous AND has a great story, a simple one, but told in a spectacular way. Avatar always felt like a tech demo to me, I will watch that movie and I guess I will be blown away by the way it looks, but if the story is as regular as the one of the first movie, I won’t love it. That’s a shame, Cameron is a great filmmaker and I would love to see him achieve more than just “yeah it looks amazing”

  6. Ryan Kwon says:

    I read Avatar Highground Comics, which was made from James Cameron’s original script for Avatar 2. The comic helped me understand Jake’s Family and each of their quirky personalities. I even understood Spider’s motivation from that comic and why he is bitter at times.

  7. Adam Stevenson says:

    I saw the 40th anniversary screening of “Conan the Barbarian” last night on a GIGANTIC screen and it was phenomenal. Like seeing it for the first time, even after seeing probably 100 times over the years. My first statement was, “They don’t make movies like that anymore,” as I walked out. What I meant was that everything was IN-camera, practical effects, on location, etc., etc. I’ve grown WEARY of CGI. It does literally nothing for me anymore, because any time I see a film that’s wall-to-wall CGI, I never ask the question, “How did they do that,” simply because I know it’s just a lot of 1’s and 0’s. There’s no MYSTERY in special effects anymore when it comes to CGI the way there was in say, 1982, when you literally *didn’t* know how these things were done unless you read Starlog. And there’s no real sense of danger, because I know the actors weren’t actually facing a particular creature or situation. So I’m curious to see this, given your “how did they do that” sentiment, as I’d love a CGI film to re-awaken that sense of awe.

  8. Josh White says:

    Congrats on 2 million, Chris! What an incredible journey

  9. J’Kwan Blackshear says:

    The original Avatar came out during one of the toughest times of my life. I needed an injection of strength and hope. The 3D visuals were the best I’d ever seen and the story gave me that shot of hope and optimism I needed.

  10. Ronald Elías Cordero Calles says:

    I can’t wait to watch Avatar 4 with my grandchildren

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