This movie is weird 🤔
- It feels like it should be part of a TV show. Story-wise, it doesn't contain that much, and is definitely designed as a component of a franchise. Doesn't have a narrative arc solid enough to stand on its own.
- Uneven structure. The beginning is very fast-paced and looks like they had 5 hours of stuff they needed to compress in 30 minutes. Then there is a long section about summer camp by the sea where nothing happens.
- Almost only Na'vis. Teenage Na'vis, children Na'vis, babies Na'vis, crowds of Na'vis, bad guys Na'vis. Gotta get used to this surreal dreamy ass shit.
- Doubled down on the hippie Pandora-is-alive stuff. The 1st movie was like "nature is cool", now we are remote-controlling algae and whatnots.
- Jake and Neytiri relegated to side-characters as the children take the spotlight.
What works 👏
- The visuals are GORGEOUS. Better than Avatar 1. You are paying to see an attraction. 3D is like fine culinary work.
- Action scenes. James Cameron knows his craft, and seems to be playing with infinite budget.
- The "Sullys stick together" narrative theme works fairly well.
- Big fish is best bro forever.
- Kiri and Tuk so cute and endearing.
- Definitely going to see Avatar 3. The universe has potential.
What doesn't work 🤨
- The human Tarzan kid acting like he belongs. Ridiculous costume and stance.
- Please stop hissing.
- You can assess how unimportant a character is by how late in the movie you get to catch and remember his/her name (if at all).
- Jake Sully making his children call him "Sir" and being all serious. Didn't smoke enough Pandora grass to chill down.
- Boomer James Cameron "back in my days if we had a problem we sorted it out like grown men", trying to make a scene where kids are throwing punhes at each other comical.
- Kiri is played (and voiced) by Sigourney Weaver, who doesn't really have a teenager's voice.