Is It Another Hit?
It's a mixed bag. Those who loved the first Avatar film, especially its intricate world, will fall in love with its sequel within the first few minutes. However, the rest of the audience may find it a bit harder to connect with this installment.
The plot takes place about ten years after the first Avatar, where Jake and Neytiri now have a family and live in peace.
Of course, this doesn't last forever, as humans representing an evil Earth corporation return to the planet, seeking its mineral resources, and they won't be polite about acquiring them.
The story is somewhat generic but sufficient. It exists mainly to dazzle us with Cameron's bombastic visual effects.
And yes, he doesn't disappoint this time either. Even though there are some dull moments in the film, they always look and sound fantastic. As always, it's Cameron who sets the standard for future Hollywood blockbusters.
Watching the film on TV definitely won't do it justice. To enjoy a true audio-visual experience, one should visit a theater with 3D projection. Only there can you fully immerse yourself in the world of Pandora.
Water Plays a Major Character
Cameron promised years ago that this time Avatar would be more connected with water, and he kept his word. Jake and Neytiri, along with their children, find refuge with the Metkayin tribe, which is closely tied to Pandora's oceans.
So, audiences will enjoy more action in the water, which is, by the way, the director's favorite environment.
James Cameron is also known for his passion for underwater exploration, and it shows in almost every frame of the film.
The Old and New Cast
Unsurprisingly, we see Sam Worthington reprising his role as Jake Sully and Zoe Saldana as Neytiri.
Other familiar faces return, such as Sigourney Weaver and especially Stephen Lang as the main antagonist.
His character may have met an involuntary end in the previous installment, but this is the future, so no one should be surprised that dead characters can be brought back to life.
The film also features complete newcomers. Among the most famous is Kate Winslet, who previously worked with Cameron on Titanic and didn't enjoy it much. Clearly, she's changed her mind.