How to watch Avatar: The Way of Water?: 20th Century Studios’ latest production, Avatar: The Way of Water, directed by James Cameron, is one of the most anticipated science fiction this year. The second installment of the popular Avatar film series is produced in collaboration with Jon Landau (producer of Titanic, 1997). The screenplay is penned by Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, who successfully rebooted the Planet of the Apes franchise.
Earlier in 2006, Cameron had revealed that he would like to make sequels to Avatar if the film was successful. After receiving a record-breaking success, later in 2010, he announced the first two sequels – The Way of Water and Avatar 3 with the aim to release the second part in 2014.
However, the addition of three more sequels and the need to develop new technology to film underwater performances led to the delay of the film’s release. The film took more time in its writing and production process, including visual effects, with an estimated budget of $350-400 million, making it one of the most expensive films of all time.
After repeated delays in the film’s theatrical release, Avatar: The Way of Water is finally ready to be unleashed into the world. Three more sequels are scheduled to arrive on December 20th, 2024, December 18th, 2026, and December 22nd, 2028; however, the latter depends on the commercial reception of the second installment.
The plot of the film is still under wraps, but the trailer gives us a sneak peek into the incredible world of Pandora. Avatar: The Way of Water picks up from the event of the first film. After leaving his human body over a decade ago, Jake Sully is now the chief of the Omaticaya and has raised a family with Neytiri, which includes his sons and daughters. They do everything to stay together as a family. However, they must leave their home to explore different regions of Pandora when an ancient threat resurfaces, and Jake is forced to fight a brutal war against humans.
The Way of Water has received near-unanimous praise from critics after the film’s premiere on December 6, 2022. The film is praised for its ‘glorious visuals’ and ’emotionally rich narrative.’ CNN critic Tom Page wrote, “Avatar The Way Of Water is “more is more” writ large. It’s more beautiful, more in awe of Pandora, more vocal in its environmentalism, and more damning of humans. It’s an adrenaline shot to 3D filmmaking and an uncompromising doubling down. You’d expect nothing less from Cameron.”
In another one of the first reactions, Erik Davis said, “Happy to say #AvatarTheWayOfWater is phenomenal! Bigger, better & more emotional than #Avatar, the film is visually breathtaking, visceral & incredibly engrossing. The story, the spectacle, the spirituality, the beauty – this is moviemaking & storytelling at its absolute finest.”
Indie Wire critic David Ehrlich mentioned in his review that Avatar: The Way of Water is “light years better than the first & easily one of the best theatrical experiences in ages.”
Avatar: The Way of Water Cast:
Sam Worthington returns as Jake Sully, a former human who fell in love with Neytiri (the daughter of the previous clan chief), played by Zoe Saldana. Sigourney Weaver also returns to the franchise as Kiri, the daughter of Jake and Neytiri’s adopted teenage daughter. Stephen Lang will play the main antagonist, Colonel Miles Quaritch, the RDA’s head of the security forces.
New additions to the sequel include Kate Winslet, Cliff Curtis, Edie Falco, Michelle Yeoh, Jemaine Clement, Oona Chaplin, and Vin Diesel.
Where To Watch And Stream ‘Avatar: The Way Of Water’ Online?
The best way to experience the franchise’s second series is in a movie theatre. Knowing the meticulous cinematic craftsman that James Cameron is, the filmmaker has heavily emphasized the IMAX 3D experience to really witness the magic of the film. Early promos and critic screenings aside, 20th Century Studios will be releasing Avatar: The Way of Water worldwide on December 16th, 2022, where you can watch it in all possible formats. You can check out the best theatre listings near you by heading over to Fandango.
As far as streaming is concerned, there are no official dates announced yet. However, 20th Century Studio practically ensures the film will be available for all on Disney+ within a span of one and a half months. However, that might change if the movie does extremely well at the Box Office.