The early reviews of James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water are in. The much-buzzed-about offering has amassed lukewarm responses from critics, after making its way to the screens precisely a decade and 3 years later. While there are speculations about the movie not living up to expectations, makers can heave a sigh of relief as the figures amassed through advance booking have been impressive — a whopping $38 million in North America alone!
What’s more, Cameron reportedly spent years developing a technology that amped up the VFX in the movie, making it a visual spectacle.
The film is scheduled for an India release on December 16, 2022. A world premiere was recently organized, and after the embargo on the reviews lifted, the world wide web has been clogged with interesting reactions.
Here’s A Look At Some Fan Reactions To The Movie:
Helluva review.🤙 “Avatar 2 is finally here – and it’s like being waterboarded with turquoise cement.” https://t.co/jL6S6R9jtY— Paul C. Cuthbert (@cuthbertlive) December 14, 2022
All these Avatar 2 reviews sound like “Hey come see these amazing visuals, the story exists I guess, but these visuals!”— TMH (@TracerBullet36) December 13, 2022
Husband’s 3-word review after seeing Avatar 2: stupid, stupid, stupid. Longer form: shit story, much more violence, impressive graphics not enough to save it.— Mandy Hager (@MandyHager) December 13, 2022
Every new Avatar 2 review so far feels like it has been cut and pasted from the one before it.— No Time To Dan (@Danburden1138) December 13, 2022
All about the visuals, nothing about the story or characters. Not hard to read between the lines there.
These Avatar 2 reviews are all over the place. They all seem to agree on two things though:— jamarcus shakespeare. (@SixLasers) December 13, 2022
1) The story is very simplistic and clichè
2) The film is next-level beautiful
All the reviews of Avatar 2 are like “Breathtaking. Astonishing. Real life looks fake to me now. The story is of course utter garbage. Five stars.”— Conor Smith (@conorsmith) December 13, 2022
My favorite review of Avatar 2: “Like the original, it’s ‘Dances with Wolves’ in outer space. Only dumber.”— Wilson (@Grahamers2002) December 14, 2022
So the reviews for Avatar 2 are basically visually stunning and very simple story. And also environmental messages.— Celia C (@CeliaSee) December 14, 2022
And also something about high frame rate possibly making your head hurt if you’re not into that sort of thing.
Avatar 2 reviews make it sound…exactly like the first one.— Grimlockimus (@ChromeTyranno) December 14, 2022
Great visuals and world building. Lackluster story.
Mixed to positive reviews for Avatar 2. Main gripe seems to be the story. But then again, no one was watching this for the story— Karan (@iamkar4n) December 14, 2022
Avatar 2 has reportedly been made on a budget of $250 million dollars, making it one of the most expensive movies of 2022. Speaking of which, in a recent interview, Cameron revealed that the movie has to earn $2 billion dollars for the numbers to even out.
He further averred that shooting underwater was a different ball game altogether. “Technically, we didn’t shoot underwater. We captured underwater, which is a whole different set of problems. So we had to solve that. But starting from development, I thought that this time I want to work with a team of writers. We are doing multiple scripts. I’d already decided I wanted to do a trilogy, turned out now I guess it’s a quadrilogy, if that’s the right word. But I had to have a starting point,” said Cameron, further adding, “I set down and just made a bunch of notes for six months. Literally, just every day sitting at my desk, talking about the world, and the characters, trying to fill in what happened the day after Jake woke up in a Na’vi body, and just was carrying the story forward. I knew I had certain goals in mind. I walked in on the first day with the whole writers’ room, and I plopped down 800 pages of notes, single-spaced. I said, “Do your homework, and then we’ll talk.” And then we got together, we had a lot of discussions about that, and every idea we came up with as we went along had to measure up against that standard.”
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