Avatar 2 Reactions Are In, Here's What People Are Saying About James Cameron's The Way Of Water

In just about a week and some change, James Cameron’s long-awaited Avatar sequel, The Way of Water will transport audiences back to Pandora after the phenomenon became the highest-grossing movie of all time over a decade ago. So… how is it? The upcoming Disney movie’s first audience just exited the world premiere in London as well as remote screenings, and they have shared their first reactions to Avatar 2

First up, is CinemaBlend’s own Sean O’Connell, who was blown away by The Way of Water. He feels that it “surpasses the original on every level,” along with these additional thoughts on Twitter

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James Cameron is, of course, the beloved filmmaker behind Titanic and the first two Terminator movies along with 2009’s Avatar. He has an incredible track record with making good movies that people talk about years and years after their release. Collider’s Perri Nemiroff suggests that Avatar: The Way Of Water is a movie befitting the filmmaker's legacy: 

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Adding on to those points, ComicBook’s Brandon Davis found it to be a “never-ending visual spectacle” with more complexities than the original movie, but did have some reasons to knock it. He felt the long three hour and 12 minute runtime and found some characters to be lacking. In his words: 

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The Avatar: The Way of Water trailers haven’t given us a clear idea of the story and when it came down to it, Digital Spy’s Ian Sandwell thought the story was “thin.” Even so, he also found it to be a “visual masterpiece,” especially when it comes to the third act:

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Journalist Jack Shepard was also among the Avatar: The Way of Water audience and made a standout comment on the use of the new characters in the story. Check out his thoughts: 

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Is Avatar 2 good enough to continue into an infinite franchise? Time will tell. For the time being, it sounds like a lot of people at the world premiere were absolutely blown away by James Cameron’s latest film. FOX L.A.’s Amanda Salas even calls it her favorite movie of the year:

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From these first reactions about Avatar: The Way of Water, it certainly sounds like it’s a sure bet your eyes will have a feast with this groundbreaking piece of cinema from James Cameron. The filmmaker was the first to implement motion capture with his actors underwater along with its cutting-edge CGI effects. Many in the early audience seem to suggest that it surpasses the 2009 film, while others were not sold on the story. Overall, these first reactions boast of lot of positivity toward the massive holiday release. This could be another big movie for James Cameron and Disney.

The movie stars an incredible cast, including Zoe Saldana, Kate Winslet and Sam Worthington, who’ve already teased how “stunned” they are about the movie. You can decide for yourself your thoughts on Avatar: The Way of Water when it hits theaters on December 16. 

Sarah El-Mahmoud
Staff Writer

Sarah El-Mahmoud has been with CinemaBlend since 2018 after graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Journalism. In college, she was the Managing Editor of the award-winning college paper, The Daily Titan, where she specialized in writing/editing long-form features, profiles and arts & entertainment coverage, including her first run-in with movie reporting, with a phone interview with Guillermo del Toro for Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water. Now she's into covering YA television and movies, and plenty of horror. Word webslinger. All her writing should be read in Sarah Connor’s Terminator 2 voice over.