04 January 2023 382 Views

AVATAR: THE WAY OF BOREDOM

by James Murphy

AVATAR 2 is one of the worst films I have endured. Ever. 

Starting with the vaguely positive?

  • Expands its own mythology. Blue people find other blue people, in water, and fight new batch of baddies, via splendid ecosystem.
  • Immersive visuals. In any format, this is a lovely thing to look at.
  • Nice ethos of environmental care and family dynamics.
  • Captures adolescence, perfectly.
  • Some genuine shocks and twists.

But…

  • Needlessly overlong.
  • DEEPLY pleased with itself.
  • Self indulgent.
  • Piss poor dialogue and simple greetings card level sentiment, posing as profound insight.
  • Devoid of pace, purpose and any poetic or prosaic punch in editing.
  • FREE WILLY, THE BLUE PLANET, DOCTOR WHO, STAR TREK 4, AQUAMAN, STAR WARS, AVATAR 1, TERMINATOR, ALIENS (the last three of which are Cameron products, btw) do everything in WAY OF WATER, but better, faster and with greater entertainment value. Albeit with slightly less advanced effects/ambition.

IE: at its core, AVATAR: WAY OF WATER represents both the best and worst of James Cameron. From zenith to nadir, in three hours! 

The best? It is in his attention to detail (colour/shape/size/texture) and genuinely epic ambitions.

One does see glimpses of the genius exhibited in the original AVATAR film (novelty, innovation) and philosophical balance of TERMINATOR/ALIENS (guns are bad and evil but show that via fun of big guns being evil).

Alas, we also see his worst aspects, multiplied, to infinity. Think: Pseudo erudite pretentious delusions of intellectual grandeur. As in, TITANIC: much as I do love Kate and Leeeo and have fond memories of re-enacting their scenes with a lovely girlfriend, a few years back; it’s basically a B movie on a sinking boat.

Note also: a basic failure to fuse serious motif to escapist yarn. Think: TRUE LIES. That’s a film I enjoy, but, also the start of this decline into genre and tone muddle, which comes full circle in AVATAR: WAY OF WATER.  

Put simply and BRIEFLY (unlike the film in question)? There are assets on display, for sure. So many will, of course, love it. But the liabilities, for me, outweigh any merit to the picture.

So I cannot recommend that you watch it, let alone see this as a worthy contender for either creative praise or commercial glory.

DON’T MAKE ANOTHER ONE. What would they do? AVATAR: THE NAVI PHONE BOOK? Actually, I’d watch that. It could not be any more dull, dour and draining than the 3 hour snore fest I just endured. 

Sorry! That’s a C+, at best. MUST TRY HARDER.



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