Avatar 2 Review: More Epic and Emotional Than Avatar 1
After 13 years of waiting, some famous critics were invited by the Avatar: The Way of Water crew to the London premiere earlier this week. The first reviews have been posted on social networks. Most of the critics' comments were positive, with many saying they were overwhelmed by the imagination of director James Cameron and the cinematography in the film.
Critic Erik Davis said: "It's a pleasure to say that Avatar 2 is a masterpiece. More epic, engaging and emotional than the first. The film is beautiful, has depth and grip. This is the top. high art of storytelling and filmmaking". Peri Nemiroff of Collider was surprised when the stitching in the film exceeded his expectations.
Josh Horowitz - host of Happy Sad Confused - praised James Cameron for once again teaching contemporary directors how to make a blockbuster. "I've said it thousands of times. I never doubted him. Emotional and epic!", MC said.
Before the premiere, James Cameron invited some close colleagues to preview the work. Two-time Oscar-winning director - Guillermo del Toro - praised the project on his personal page: "This is a work filled with majestic scenes and intense emotions on a monumental scale. Cameron is a level The filmmaker is at his peak."
The film's 3 hours and 10 minutes has been a topic of discussion for weeks, but no one seems to mind the length after its premiere. Cameron himself has said he doesn't care if viewers leave the theater to go to the bathroom.
Cameron told Empire magazine: "I don't want anyone to complain about the length when they can sit and binge watch TV for eight hours. I've seen my kids sit and watch five episodes in a row. This is a big shift in social paradigm that has to happen: you can get up and pee.”
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Part two of Avatar released in mid-December, 13 years from the first. Three sequels are also planned for production, scheduled to be released in 2024, 2026 and 2028 respectively. The project takes time for underwater shots as well as motion-capture technology (actor acting with motion recording devices mounted on the body, then their movements and expressions will be combined with effects to create movie scenes).
Released in 2009, Avatar surpassed Titanic - also directed by Cameron - to become the highest-grossing movie of all time. The film grossed $2.8 billion worldwide and ushered in a revolution in 3D technology on the big screen. In the past 13 years, Cameron has not directed a movie, but has spent a lot of time researching technology and preparing scripts for Avatar sequels.
♦ Avatar: The Way of Water is expected to officially open in theaters from December 16. The content of the film follows from the first movie when Jake Sully and their family fight to protect Pandora from re-occupation from humanity. This film focuses more on the life of Jake Sully and family members. The cast includes Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang and Kate Winslet.
Avatar 2 needs billions of dollars in revenue to break even
Director James Cameron said "Avatar 2" needs to be in the top three or four of the biggest grossing films of all time to break even. Cameron did not disclose a specific budget to make the film. Some sources say that Avatar: The Way of Water cost about 250 million USD in production cost alone.
According to the director's estimation, they need to push Avatar 2 to become the third or fourth grossing film in history to break even. On the chart, Cameron's own blockbuster Avatar (2009) is at the top with $ 2.9 billion. Avengers: Endgame ranked second with $2.7 billion. Titanic - also directed by Cameron - came in third with $2.1 billion. Thus, according to the Canadian filmmaker, Avatar: The Way of Water needs to gross about $ 2 billion if it wants to break even.
There are currently five works surpassing the $2 billion mark in theaters. In addition to the three films in the top three, the other two names are Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.07 billion) and Avengers: Infinity War ($2.05 billion). After the pandemic, a number of projects also surpassed the billion-dollar mark and earned great profits such as Spider-Man: No Way Home, Top Gun: Maverick.