Dude Rates Movies

Avatar: The Way of Water

Poster of the movie
James Cameron | 2022 | USA
Thursday 22 December 2022 (watched, at the theater ๐Ÿ“ฝ๏ธ)

This movie is weird ๐Ÿค”

  • 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 ๐Ÿ‘

  • 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 ๐Ÿคจ

  • 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.