Avatar: The Way of Water (2022) Movie Review

Avatar (2009) revolutionized the film industry by showcasing cutting-edge visual effects, making it the highest-grossing film of all time, with a staggering revenue of $2.93 billion (approximately Rp. 45.8 trillion). Thirteen years after its release, director James Cameron has finally unveiled its sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water.

It’s evident that Cameron took his time to work on the sequel to incorporate more advanced film technology, including motion capture underwater. Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, the lead actors from the first Avatar film, reprise their roles as Jake Sully and Neytiri. In addition, The Way of Water boasts an ensemble cast of acclaimed actors, including Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, and others.

Get ready for the next chapter in the Avatar franchise, Avatar: The Way of Water, directed by James Cameron and featuring an all-star cast!

Avatar: The Way of Water is set more than 10 years after the events of the first film. Just when Jake Sully thought he was living happily with Neytiri and his children, an old enemy came back to disrupt his peace. To keep the forest people safe, Jake decides to take his family away and adapt to an aquatic life.

Avatar movie review : The Way of Water

Back presents a visual quality that kicked off

It’s undeniable that one of the biggest selling points of the first Avatar film was the quality of the CGI or visuals that were ahead of its time. Unlike 13 years ago, CGI technology has now developed rapidly and is often used in various films. So, is The Way of Water able to present the same magnificent visual experience as the first film, amidst the many CGI films nowadays?

Avatar: The Way of Water

Director James Cameron seems to be well aware that he has a tough task to be able to make The Way of Water as groundbreaking as his first film. If you think Avatar ‘s CGI quality is already at the “god” level, prepare to be even more amazed by the visuals of The Way of Water . Cameron once again managed to break the visual quality of the film industry.

The first Avatar film focuses on showing the life of the Na’vi forest people and the beauty of the Pandora forest. At The Way of Water , your eyes will be spoiled with beach life and underwater views of Pandora which are no less beautiful than the forest. I can’t stop thinking how Cameron could think of creating a world as beautiful and magical as Pandora.

One of the most obvious upgrades from The Way of Water ‘s visuals is the use of a higher frame rate , so that the movements of various creatures and objects in each scene look smoother and more realistic. All the beauty and subtlety of the visuals displayed by The Way of Water will be better enjoyed in 3D format.

The story is more emotional and the battles are epic , even if it feels a little cliche

Set more than 10 years after the first film, The Way of Water features Jake Sully and Neytiri who have built a happy life with their four children. Like the first film, The Way of Water again shows the Na’vi’s struggle to defend their homeland from the human colonization of Earth. In addition, there is a story about the family which makes the film much more emotional.

Review Avatar: The Way of Water

Not only are you made emotional by the story of Jake’s family, you can even be moved by the story of the tulkun, a whale-like creature that has a strong connection with the Na’vi coral nation. Apart from the emotional side, The Way of Water also features an epic battle between Earth humans and the Na’vi who are assisted by a tulkun named Payakan. In fact, there is a moment of death of one of the enemy characters that feels satisfying.

Unfortunately, the concept of the story of Earth humans returning to colonize Pandora feels a bit cliché, especially since this concept was already used in the first film. Then, there are several moments from the first film that are repeated again in The Way of Water , including the moment when Neytiri loses another family member. Interestingly, the moment of the final battle that took place on the ship made the Bumareview remember another James Cameron film, namely Titanic (1997).

Present new likeable characters

The Way of Water introduces quite a number of new characters, including Jake and Neytiri’s four children, namely Neteyam, Lo’ak, Kiri, and Tuk. The four characters come with different characteristics, starting from Neteyam who is the eldest son who is responsible, Lo’ak who always does as he pleases, Kiri who is often considered strange, and Tuk who is adorable.

With the nature and development of their respective characters, their four children, Jake and Sully, appear as quite likeable characters , even though Lo’ak often messes up. On the other hand, Kiri is present as a character with surprising powers who will certainly have an important role in the continuation of the Avatar story.

Movie Avatar: The Way of Water

The presence of the Na’vi of the coral nation who have physical differences with the Na’vi of the forest nation is also a breath of fresh air for the Avatar universe. Like Earth’s people, director Cameron seems to want to emphasize that the Na’vi also have various races with different distinctive physical characteristics. The presence of the Na’vi of the coral nation seemed to confirm Cameron’s slick world development.

The 13 year wait for the sequel Avatar has finally paid off. It is clear that James Cameron is really serious about creating a new benchmark in the world of cinema, especially in terms of visual technology. The Way of Water returns to present a cinema experience that is pleasing to the eye, which of course must be enjoyed in person at the cinema.

After reading the review of the film Avatar: The Way of Water , are you interested in watching this sci-fi film? For those who have watched, don’t forget to share your opinion about this film, OK?


Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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