James Cameron sequel reviews

Avatar: The Way of the Water

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James Cameron’s long-awaited sequel to 2009’s “Avatar” hits theaters this weekend and it has captivated and infuriated critics.

by Disney “Avatar: The Way of Water,” which is over three hours long, is hailed as a stunning piece of cinema, earning a “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. But, its narrative is thin and, like the original, doesn’t stand up to Cameron’s lofty technical ambitions, several critics said.

“The Way of Water” follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) who are now the parents of four Na’vi children. The family is driven from their native forest when humans return to recolonize parts of Pandora.

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Critics are adamant that audiences should watch “The Way of Water” on the biggest screen possible, praising the film for its computer-generated visuals and explosive sound design.

But the film’s long running time was a point of fault for many, who found Cameron’s script too thin to justify three hours in a theater.

Here’s what critics thought of “Avatar: The Way of Water” before its release on Friday.

Eric Francisco, Reverse

Avatar: The Way of the Water

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Charlotte O’Sullivan, Evening Standard

Wenlei Ma, News.com.au

For those who found themselves returning to the theater again and again to see “Avatar” on the big screen a decade ago, “The Way of Water” is “crisp and thrilling.”

For those who found the first movie too long and thin on the story, “The Way of Water” won’t do much to get you loving the world of Pandora.

“This sequel will repeat your experience from the premiere,” Wenlei Ma wrote in his review of the film for News.com.au.

Avatar: The Way of the Water

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Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

Avatar: The Way of the Water

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Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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