AVATAR:  THE WAY OF WATER – Rated PG-13 – 3hrs 12 mins

WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY:  James Cameron

WRITTEN BY:  Rick Jaffa, Amada Silver

STARRING:  Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco and Brendan Cowell

It’s been 13 years since we ventured into the world of Pandora…and a lot has changed…including that Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) has four children now, that are all finding a way to keep him on his toes!  His devoted wife Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), is by his side, helping to make their family dynamics run as smooth as possible, as the years pass on…

That is until the Foreigners return for Jake, hoping this time to take him hostage, and return him to the world in which he belongs…

So, with Neytiri’s blessing, their brood heads off to unchartered waters, literally, as they begin a new life co-existing with the Na’Vi race, learning the ways of their water world, and hoping to save their family from extinction from the human predators that will stop at nothing to capture Jake, and destroy the entire world of Pandora in the process…

(L-R): Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) and Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Tonowari (Cliff Curtis) and the Metkayina clan in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Ronal (Kate Winslet), Tonowari (Cliff Curtis), and the Metkayina clan in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Tuk (Trinity Bliss) in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Lo’ak (Britain Dalton) and a Tulkun in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
A Tulkun in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.
(L-R): Jake Sully (Sam Worthington), Ronal (Kate Winslet), and Tonowari (Cliff Curtis) in 20th Century Studios’ AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER. Photo courtesy of 20th Century Studios. © 2022 20th Century Studios. All Rights Reserved.

I give AVATAR:  THE WAY OF WATER a rating of 4 out of 5 Stars:  Truth be told, I wasn’t sold on 2009’s AVATAR and thought that Disney had lost their minds when the spent milliions on creating the world of Pandora in the Animal Kingdom, many moons ago!  So heading in to this world some 13 years later, didn’t seem to appealing either, but as the excitement kept building about James Cameron’s new adventure, the intrigue got the best of me…so I headed to the advanced screening.  And, might I say, I am so glad that I did, as this new AVATAR is a spectical for the senses, with animation, special effects and cinematography throughout that are absolutely breathtaking.  The multidimensional storyline plays our well along the way too, although I think that some editing would have been appropriate with some of the scenes, as 3 hours and 12 mins got to be a little lengthy, even with all the awesome imagry that was happening on screen.  I would also like to share that if you are afraid of drowning, like I’ve been since a canoeing mishap at girl scout camp, then AVATAR: The Way of Water might have a few scenes that will send you off the ledge too, so I thought it best for me to warn you before heading to a theater near you.  But, even with this little mishap happening more than once in the beautiful undersea world that Cameron, Jaffa and Silver have created, I have to say that this new AVATAR is a beautifully crafted film with a heartfelt message that will resonate with you, long after you’ve left this mesmerizing undersea adventure!  I was super happy to have gotten the opportunity to see it this film on the largest screen in St. Louis, with surround sound too at Marcus Chesterfield Cine, and I suggest that if you are wanting to make AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER your family Christmas movie this weekend, that you head out to Chesterfield as well to experience it in all it’s awesome this way as well!

4 out of 5 Stars

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