Film Preview: Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)

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(May 15, 2022) Original
(November 6, 2022) New Trailer (#2) — New Poster (#2)
(November 27, 2022) New Trailer (#3) — New Posters (#3-#13)

Release Date:

December 16, 2022


From IMDb: “Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the planet of Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na’vi race to protect their planet.”

Poster Rating: C / C+ / C / C (9) / C

Review: (#1) The water reflecting on the face is a nice touch, but it’s not terribly interesting otherwise.

(#2) Several elements here makes for some variety, but they are all very simple and ultimately lacking in diversity and creative energy.

(#3) It tells you what you’re seeing, but is uninspirational. (#4-#12) A series of unimpressive character designs that show off the characters without so much as a detailed background to survey them in. (#13) Another design that lacks the excitement factor that would help it sell the film.

Trailer Rating: C / B / C+

Review: (#1) It’s an early teaser for the film, so there isn’t much to look at; however, the first film is now something of a punchline, having faded in relevance since its release and this trailer does nothing to wipe away any of those impressions.

(#2) We’re finally told a wee bit more about the narrative than he teaser, but apart from the stunning setting and effects, the film seems to lack a compelling narrative. Matter of fact, it doesn’t look too far removed from the first film and if there’s one defining attribute of the first film is its modest, but depth-starved screenplay.

(#3) There’s a certain mystery that needs to be preserved for every film, but after the prior trailer, there was little reason to stay cautious about its contents. Yet, this trailer does just that. It gives some details, but insufficient ones to make it seem exciting.

Oscar Prospects:

The first film was a big Oscar player, but it’s been too many years since that film’s release and I can’t see the Academy giving this film the kind of welcome it first got. That said, Sound and Visual Effects nominations seem certain with a win for Visual Effects a real possibility.

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