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''A visual masterpiece' - the first reactions to Avatar: The Way of Water are in
Photo: © ANP

''A visual masterpiece' - the first reactions to Avatar: The Way of Water are in

''A visual masterpiece' - the first reactions to Avatar: The Way of Water are in
Photo: © ANP

Avatar: The Way of Water had its world premiere in London on Tuesday evening, and the first reactions from the lucky select few are in.

On a reported budget of $237 million, Avatar earned never-before-seen box office success, earning $2.847 billion in ticket sales.

The 2009 movie saw Jake Sully (Worthington), a paraplegic former marine, enter the world of Pandora and eventually fall in love with Na'vi native Neytiri (Saldana) while dealing with the insurrection from the human army, led by ruthless Colonel Miles Quaritch (Stephen Lang).

The second Avatar movie has been in development for over a decade following the enormous success of the first film.

The official embargo for reviews to be published is 13 December, but we can still gauge audience and critical reaction from the premiere.

The first movie received praise for its stunning visuals, though criticism was aimed at its storyline and characterisation.

Judging by the reactions to Avatar: The Way of Water, it seems the visuals are the star of the show again.

“Yeah never bet against James Cameron. Trying to spare hyperbole, but I’ve never seen anything like this from a technical, visual standpoint. It’s overwhelming. Maybe too overwhelming. Sometimes I’d miss plot points because I’m staring at a Pandora fish. Also, I rewatched the first AVATAR over the weekend and basically settled on ‘that was fine.’ The sequel has much better and deeper character development.” - Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) of Uproxx.

“#AvatarTheWayOfWater is pretty incredible. I had faith James Cameron would raise the bar w/ the effects but these visuals are mind-blowing. One stunning frame after the next. But the thing I dug most is how the technical feats always feel in service of character & world-building.” - Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) of Collider.

“Unsurprisingly, #AvatarTheWayOfWater is a visual masterpiece with rich use of 3D and breathtaking vistas. It does suffer from a thin story and too many characters to juggle, yet James Cameron pulls it together for an extraordinary final act full of emotion and thrilling action.” - Ian Sandwell (@ian_sandwell) of Digital Spy.

“James Cameron is a technology master… and his direction is at its most precise here. The film as a whole, while a technological marvel with a breathtaking world, is just …. Dances with Wolves and Free Willy for Gen Z! Pee beforehand.” - Yolanda Machado (@SassyMamainLA) of Entertainment Weekly.

“#Avatar/#AvatarTheWayOfTheWater is a visual marvel with mesmerizing beauty in every frame. James Cameron’s sequel thrives when it explores new terrain, crafting bigger and better emotional stakes. The definition of epic.” - Jeff Nelson (@SirJeffNelson) of Cheat Sheet.

“AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER absolutely owns bones. I was slapping my seat, hooting, screaming for the Na’vi to take out every last one of those dang sky people …it’s an Avatar movie: slow start, big build, incredibly involving second act with a ton of world building and cool creatures that blisses you way out, then an hour of screamingly good crystal clear emotionally trenchant action to send you home full and happy.” - David Sims (@davidlsims) of The Atlantic.

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