Avatar: The Way Of Water – Trailer Talk

Avatar: The Way Of Water - Trailer Talk

Avatar: The Way Of Water – Trailer Talk

2009 saw the release of ‘Avatar’, James Cameron’s live action sci-fi epic. With incredible visuals, it became the highest grossing film ever, earning over 2.8 billion worldwide at the time of writing. And, while the story was derivative of ‘Pocahontas’, I found it enjoyable and it utilized the 3D technology, that was popular at the time, brilliantly. But, since it’s release, James Cameron set out to spawn numerous sequels from this, with the second and third film supposedly being filmed back-to-back. And, on Monday, the teaser trailer for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ was released.

‘Avatar: The Way of Water’ once again follows Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) as he settles into his new home planet of Pandora. But, when familiar forces return to threaten their existence, he must work with the Na’vi army to protect the planet.

One of the trailer’s biggest positives is that, in its 1 minute and half runtime, it hardly shows any of the film. A lot of the visuals are of the planet, the inhabitants of Pandora, the Na’vi, and the creatures that also live there. And, for a film that seems to have a simple premise, I’m glad that this was, by definition, a teaser trailer. Just like so many of Cameron’s filmography, the visuals once again look amazing. Whether the stories his films are telling are strong or not, it can be agreed that the visual quality is always impressive, and this is no exception. After the financial success of ‘Avatar’, pressure for the sequel to live up to expectations visually was there, and this teaser clearly shows that those expectations have been met and could potentially be exceeded.

Another aspect of the teaser and, by extension the film, that I am excited for is the difference in environment. Like the subtitle suggests, this looks to be set round the beaches and seas of Pandora, introducing audiences to the creatures and tribes that live there. The setting of the sequel will give the film a chance to display different parts of the planet compared to its predecessor, especially now that moviegoers have been introduced to Pandora and the Na’vi.

I originally saw no need for ‘Avatar’ sequels. However, after seeing the teaser for ‘Avatar: The Way of water’, my mind is completely changed. While the previous film was derivative, the sequel has a chance to tell a completely new story as well as give audiences a look at the different tribes and creatures that inhabit Pandora. Furthermore, the visuals look just as incredible as its predecessor so a trip to an IMAX cinema will definitely be on the cards this time round!

I didn’t think I’d be typing this, but I’m ready to return to Pandora.

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