Director: James Cameron
We have often heard that there is a whole and separate world underwater, most of which is still unexplored. The underwater world is said to have a whole marine civilization of organisms along with other natural wonders underneath. So far, the depth of the oceans is uninvestigated. But, James Cameron tries to give us a view into an imaginary underwater world, not on Earth, but on Pandora. And this imaginary underwater world will make you want to swim, no doubt.
Avatar: The Way of Water shifts from the forests to the reefs. The story is almost the same old. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) tries to save his family from the sky people and shifts to the water world for safety. The Sky People still find a way to attack. How they save themselves and the people of the Islands forms the rest of the story.
The movie quickly shows progress in Jake and Neytiri’s (Zoe Saldana) lives. They have four children, and the threat still awaits their family. So, for almost an hour into the film, we are still in the world of Avatar 1. It’s not surprising that the audience gets a little restless initially, and sighs fresh air of relief when they finally move to the Islands, as the trailers suggested. The movie catches speed only after this point.
As mentioned earlier, the underwater world is a visual treat. Just like the forests of Pandora, the reefs of Pandora also has a Life Tree, animals that are used as modes of transport, and of course, Eywa. But, the water world is so much more amusing and every aspect of it is intricately thought of. We are introduced to a species called the ‘Tulkans’, which also make an appearance in the promos. The visuals of the Na’Vi swimming along with the Tulkans are scenes that will never leave your eyes.
The story, however, is not exactly new. Some portions are completely taken from the first part and are also pretty predictable. The movie reminds of you some Indian movies, like Baahubali: The Beginning. The climax looks like it is taken out of Titanic, but is placed in Pandora. In terms of novelty in writing, the story will not bother to amuse you. It is the colors and the imagination that makes it a fulfilling watch.
Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Stephen Lang take the back seat in this sequel, as the younger Na’Vi’s, played by Jamie Flatters, Britain Dalton, Trinity Jo-Li Bliss, and of course Sigourney Weaver were bang on! Their performances definitely add more value to the storyline and make us connect to the characters even more.
The action sequences in the climax were orchestrated to perfection. Every shot, every hit, every arrow, and every bullet received thunderous applause, as it rightfully deserved. The excitement was manifold every time the Na’Vi attacked the Sky People. The background music was composed to evoke the right emotions in the audience.
When the Sully family first lands in the reef world, they take time to learn the ways of the island people. They explore the water, little by little, and some of them are taken aback by the beauty of the water world. We, as the audience will also be that much taken aback and amused by the underwater world. Forever, we will keep yearning to visit a land like the oceans of Pandora.
Verdict: Book your tickets now, cause it is definitely worth it!