Thirteen years after Avatar took the world on a trip to Pandora, director James Cameron returns with possibly the most important sequel of the century. Avatar: The Way of Water was unveiled to members of the press after a world premiere at London. 

The first reactions to the film are overwhelmingly positive. The VFX in particular has been receiving immense appreciation. Here’s what critics have tweeted about the magnum opus.

Avatar 2’s plot

Avatar: The Way of Water picks up from ten years after the original events. Jake Sully and Neytiri’s family fight back against the encroaching threat from RDA who are still in Pandora.

Sam Worthington Zoe Saldana in Avatar
Image courtesy of 20th Century Studios
  • The trailer shows the franchise adopting an aquatic landscape treatment. The original Avatar is still the highest-grossing film of all time, and The Way of Water lays the groundwork for a bigger franchise.

Social media reactions

Some critics claim that Avatar: The Way of Water is a feat of technological advancement and movie magic. Apparently, it even overpowers the first film.

  • David Ehrlich claims that Avatar 2 is “light years better than the first and easily one of the best theatrical experiences in ages.”

  • Critics and press members unanimously vouch for audiences to watch Avatar 2 on the biggest screen possible. Journalists are going gaga over the overall visual experience in particular.
  • Mike Ryan claims to have “never seen anything like this from a technical, visual standpoint.”

  • The praise for James Cameron’s boundless imagination and surreal world-building doesn’t seem to stop on Twitter. Expectations for the film are at an all-time high now.
  • Erik Davis thinks the film is “visually breathtaking, visceral and incredible engrossing”, further appreciating the storytelling and filmmaking that went into Avatar 2.

  • Surprisingly, Avatar 2’s lengthy runtime of 190 minutes does not seem to bother critics at all. Cameron joked that he “doesn’t care if people leave the theater to use the restroom.”

  • Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro took to Twitter to share his love and appreciation for Avatar: The Way of Water.

The cast of Avatar 2

Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana return as Jake and Neytiri, while Sigourney Weaver plays a different role this time as Kiri, their adopted daughter.

  • Exciting newcomers include Kate Winslet, Michelle Yeoh, Oona Chaplin etc. And of course, how can a film about family not have Vin Diesel in it?
Image courtesy of 20th Century Studios

Box Office expectations

Avatar 2’s humongous budget of 350 million USD means it has to break box office records to even turn a profit.

  • James Cameron is confident with sequels though, citing the success of Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  • If Avatar 2 doesn’t go well, he knows Avatar 3 isn’t happening. However, going by the first reactions, James Cameron clearly knows what he is doing.

Avatar: The Way of Water releases worldwide in theaters and IMAX on 16 December, 2022. Have you booked your tickets yet?

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SOURCES: 20th Century Studios, Avatar (@officialavatar) / Twitter