Avatar: The Way of Water - A Love Letter to Old Cinema

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The original installment continues to rank among the highest-grossing and most contentious movies ever made. With Avatar: The Way of Water, James Cameron has now returned to the realm of our blue buddies. In a movie that this Christmas sees an explosion of color, animals, and vivid emotions whirl about in the most spectacular form, 3D technology comes to the fore once more.

Jake Sully lives with his newfound family formed on the extrasolar moon Pandora. Once a familiar threat returns to finish what was previously started, Jake must work with Neytiri and the army of the Na'vi race to protect their home.

Speaking about the project, Cameron stated:

“I think we met for seven months and we whiteboarded out every scene in every film together, and I didn’t assign each writer which film they were going to work on until the last day. I knew if I assigned them their scripts ahead of time, they’d tune out every time we were talking about the other movie.”

After just 14 days, Avatar: The Way of Water has now sold more than $1 billion worth of tickets worldwide as it continues its wildly successful box office run. This makes it the 2022 film with the quickest amount of success.

Only two 2022 films—Top Gun: Maverick and Jurassic World Dominion—passed the $1 billion mark. It took the former 31 days to hit the milestone while the later took more than four months to surpass it, demonstrating how financially successful the Avatar sequel has been.

Midway through December, James Cameron's follow-up to the 2009 original picture made its debut. It earned $134 million in North America and $435 million worldwide, and those numbers are still rising. The movie has earned $1.025 billion worldwide as of this writing after grossing $317.1 million in North America and $712.7 million overseas. It is presently the second-highest-grossing movie of the year after Jurassic World Dominion.

As it begins to explain why it took so long to develop and, more significantly, why it cost so much to make, Avatar: The Way of Water appears to be continuing this run until 2023. James Cameron noted that the $350 million film needs about $2 billion in revenue to break even. It needs to succeed commercially as there are three more follow-ups planned. 

Our point.

But what distinguishes Avatar from other films and accounts for its enormous popularity with viewers? First and foremost,the first Avatar provides an essential sense of nostalgia to all viewers who have seen it before and can vividly recall the emotions they experienced. On this, I would like to comment that because Avatar was a film that envisioned an imaginary world, with such realism when we had no touch with any of these fantastic special effects when it first came out.

As a result, it was a first for the audience at the time, but it is truly amazing that a movie like this can be made in 2023 and create cinema madness when the audience has many alternatives, with excellent effects with a lot more multidimensional storylines. The audience of 2009, who had never before seen such special effects in a movie, could be what is truly lacking in 2023. In contrast, everyone can now easily launch a game on a PC with similar, or even better, graphics than the Avatar movie.

This movie takes the audience back to the simpler days of cinema, when we weren't looking for blemishes in the CGI and we weren't expecting to see a "documentary" of an exotic planet inside an action film. Avatar nowadays is an ode to this older type of art when you had to go to the cinema and enjoy a movie on the big screen, without scrolling through endless choices on Netflix to watch on your 120' projector or your tiny phone screen. We are anticipating the upcoming films, which will be released until 2028.

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