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Sam’s Take – Avatar: The Way of Water

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By Sam Rillstone

Today we’re returning to the world of Pandora with the highly anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of Water.

Directed by James Cameron, the film is set 15 years after the first film from 2009. Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) has become chief of the Omaticaya supported by his wife Neytiri (Zoé Saldana) and their four children. After the return of the humans and Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang), the Sullys take refuge with the reef clan Metkayina.

I’ll start with the obvious – this film is beautiful.

It’s not overbearing and you can tell what everything is. It all has intention and when you think that every scene is almost all motion capture you have to appreciate what Cameron and his team have achieved.

The beautiful visual storytelling with a vibrant world that has countless details are shown rather than explained. And they are comprehensible. For example, there are plenty of different mechs and creatures that appear sometimes only once but you instantly get a sense for and understand why they are the way they are.

There’s also been a fair amount of discussion around the high frame rate (HFR) of the film, with some scenes shot at 48 frames a second rather than the standard 24.

I know there are options to see the film in 24 frames and my opinion is that you definitely don’t need the HFR to get the full effect. Same goes for the 3D. My screening had the full frame rate and 3D and it’s certainly not a necessity, but either way it definitely pays to be seen on the biggest screen possible. And I can’t lie – the underwater 3D is amazing.

Not much actually happens other than exploring the world for the first half really but as I say it’s beautiful plus the second and third acts really

Today we're returning to the world of Pandora with the highly anticipated sequel Avatar: The Way of Water. Directed by James Cameron, the film is set 15 years after the first film from 2009. After the return of the humans and Colonel Quaritch (Stephen Lang), the Sullys take refuge with the reef clan Metkayina.

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