What’s Poppin?: Luna’s Review on “Avatar: Way of Water”

Luna Garcia, Design Editor

Warning: the following content may contain few spoilers for Avatar: The Way of Water. 

Box office-breaking film, “Avatar” took over the world in 2009, and it was unlike anything people had ever seen before. With all its beauty, cinematography, show-stopping special effects and characters, “Avatar” immediately became a hit. Reaching global audiences and breaking multiple box office records,  the movie hit one billion dollars in the first 19 days of release, making it the highest-grossing movie of all time.

After more than a decade of waiting and delays since its announcement in 2010, many fans began to lose hope for the sequel. However, the announcement of “Avatar: The Way of Water” led to a new sense of hope and rekindling of fans. Once the release date of Dec. 16, 2022, came out, fans everywhere rejoiced and could not wait to watch their favorite movie’s sequel. When the first trailer for the movie was released, it earned 148 million views in only 24 hours. 

The trailer featured multiple returning characters, alongside new faces. The last movie focused on a couple fighting for their home; now, the beloved protagonists have a family: Neytiri, Jake, Kiri, Lo’ak, Neteyam and Tuktirey. The first movie was based in the forest, while the sequel is based in the ocean. In this action-packed movie, the humans have returned and are looking for resources, and to get revenge on one of the main characters, Jake Sully. The family is faced with war and a difficult decision: whether to leave the clan and protect themselves or to fight and stay home with their tribe. The family decides to leave and protect the people and themselves. Once they leave, an ocean tribe called the Metkayina is introduced, taking the family in and giving them a home. There, the family must learn to adapt to the ocean and live with the tribe. Director, writer, producer and editor James Cameron, claims the movie as a ‘fish out of water story, but they have to adapt to being in the water. In these new circumstances, the characters will have to adapt to their new life away from the forest into the ocean. 

On Jan. 20-22, the movie will reach two billion dollars in the box office, surpassing “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” the sixth highest grossing movie of all time.