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Pandora is back with an astounding experience

Story: James Cameron returns to the breathtaking world of Pandora in this deserving follow-up to his 2009 film Avatar, where human-turned-Na’vi Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Na’vi princess Ney’tiri (Zoe Saldaa) must take all necessary precautions to safeguard their young ones from the “sky people” (humans from earth).

Review: “Water connects all things in its way. The beauty of the Avatar franchise lies in its underlying spiritual arc and ode to the continuity of life, which goes beyond the 3D visual spectacle that it is—something we trust James Cameron to deliver. The sea is our abode before and after us. Life finds a solution. Love is a transformative force, so it changes no matter the circumstances.

When it is humans who invade and occupy the Na’vi territory forcibly, they are referred to as “hostiles and insurgents.” Avatar does have socio-political themes, despite its fantastical setting. The simple story of a couple with children raises questions about race, civilization, fierce opposition to the military, and environmental preservation. A stunning climax revolves around parents defending their kids and the other way around.

This time, the action takes place in the sea instead of the forests, and it is just as hypnotic and meditative. From lush jungles to gorgeous reefs. You are transported for more than three hours into the enchanted world of the reef people or the oceanic clan (Metkayina), who provide Sully and his family with a haven from humans.

The sequel excels at both action and feeling. One does not suffer for the other. Happiness is simple. The Sully family is still intact. Jake Sully asserts that this is both our greatest strength and our greatest weakness, and the story reflects that attitude. The story itself isn’t particularly original, but the writing and artwork are of otherworldly epic proportions. On such a grand scale, you never feel the urge to go back to the real world.

13 years ago, the prequel raised the bar for visual effects, but the new movie raises it even higher. Similar to the previous movie, the director skillfully employs 3D to enhance audience immersion in the world and narrative rather than using it as a gimmick. Watching Avatar: The Way of Water in IMAX 3D is highly recommended. It is the most immersive moviegoing experience of the year and the pinnacle of world-building.

Banner: Lightstorm Entertainment

Cast: Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldaña Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, and others

Music: Simon Franglen

Cinematography: Russell Carpenter

Producers: James Cameron, Jon Landau

Written and Directed by: James Cameron

Rating: 4/5 Release Date: Dec 16, 2022

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