Avatar: The Way of Water

When “Avatar” came out in 2009 it was unique. The special effects were astounding. The people, animals and landscape were amazing to watch. For all of its innovation and record breaking box office, “Avatar” never developed a following like Star Wars or other movies. In “The Way of Water” the special effects are still phenomenal but thirteen years later they are not as surprising. Instead there is a much more developed plot and character development. We learn about Jake and his family and the world they live in. Colonel Quaritch is still the villain, but this time he and his team are turned into Avatars. Jake and family flee to a different part of their world where others live by farming and communing with the sea. Showing how they live and are able to breathe under water is different and interesting. I liked this film better than the original because I felt I got to know the characters and there was a great deal of suspense and action. It was a bit long, over three hours, but not excessively so. This is definitely a film to be seen on the big screen. The special effects need to be seen that way. Definitely one of the year’s best.

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