The Sully clan is back again, here's a spoiler packed review for Avatar: The Way of Water...
James Cameron's Avatar was a box-office juggernaut when it first hit the screens back in 2013. The visual spectacle was met with both critical and financial acclaim. Now, the director has brought upon us yet another adventurous ride in the lush world of Pandora. James Cameron once used a quote from his own movie while accepting the Best Director Oscar for the movie Titanic. He said, "I'm the king of the world." and the world saw how fitting that quote was for him when Titanic went on to earn 11 more Oscars that night! The two films retained their positions on the "Highest Grossing Movies of All Time" list for more than nine years, and with these anecdotes, it's easy to guess the level of anticipation the world carried for the release of Avatar: The Way of Water. So did the movie live up to the crazy expectations of the people? Read on to get an idea...
Heavy Spoilers Ahead...Tread Carefully
In this movie, Jake Sully reintroduces us to the land of Pandora. He fills us in on what has happened in these ten years. In the previous movie, when we were first introduced to the character Jake, he was a disabled veteran living on futuristic Earth, which is in the process of decay all because of the aggressive industrialization of humanity. Jake explains in his opening monologue how his twin brother was killed in a robbery, and he also mentions the fact that his brother was a brilliant scientist who was studying to learn about the vibrant jungles of Pandora. The Na'vi have had many quaint and peaceful years on Pandora, but the return of RDA disrupts everything and drives them out of their own forest home and into the Hallelujah mountains. Heading the invaders is Col. Miles Quaritch, the man who led the RDA's mining of Pandora. What follows is a series of clashes building up to a final battle.
The movie wraps up some plotlines and pays off the growing conflict between Jake Sully and Colonel Miles Quaritch who was after him and his close ones throughout this movie. The movie is clearly setting up further sequels, and we cannot wait for them, especially with so many lingering questions.
The film introduces us to the threats to Pandora, which, as mentioned, is led by Quaritch. They want to make "the moon" their new home for humans as the Earth is slowly dying, and in order to do so, they need to track down and kill the leader of Na'vi insurgency, Jake Sully. During the Omatikaya clan clash, the clan, which is led by Jake, Quaritch, and his men, takes the human child spider, which is unknowingly his son. After taking him captive, he then goes on to destroy large swathes of forest that this clan calls home. Jake soon realizes that he is the target, and the couple makes the tough decision to flee their homeland and seek refuge in the distant atolls of Pandora, so they travel to the home of the Metkayina clan, where they are taken in despite initially being viewed with suspicion. He is then shown the "way of water," which involves a whole host of traditions and rituals that includes knowledge of the clan's spiritual relationship with the tulkun which is a species of sentient whales that can grow to be around 300 feet long.
When the Sully kids are shown the way of water, they are taken to the Spirit Tree, where Kiri is able to have a brief conversation with her mother. (Kiri is the adoptive daughter of Jake and Neytiri). Soon it's revealed that Kiri has an incredible ability to channel the spirit of the Pandoran deity Eywa. Quaritch soon hunts down Jake and his family and has now teamed up with a captain called Mick Scoresby. Amongst all this chaos, Kiri and Tuk, the youngest Sully child, are taken hostage by Quaritch while the remaining children team up to save Spider. Spider then abandons his father to return to the Sullys, something we saw coming!
Jake and Spider then go to retrieve the abducted kids on Mick's ship and another big battle follows, during which Neytiri-Spurred on by anger about losing her son, kills several of Quaritch's men. After Jake arrives, Quaritch holds a knife to Kiri's throat in an attempt to get her to stop, but in return, Neytiri slashes Spider's chest, which gets him to back down instead. By the end of the battle, Quaritch appears to be drowning while everyone else is saved, including Spider and Lo'ak