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“Avatar: The Way of Water” Review

Avatar: The Way of Water: Directed by James Cameron. With Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang. 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.

I have seen this movie and my initial reactions are that it’s definitely a movie, it’s definitely set in the same universe that the first movie was in, I’m pretty sure these are mostly the same actors, but it doesn’t quite capture the things that made the first movie work. They’re still using the same type of technology that the first movie had, so it’s still an exceptionally pretty film, but the story this time around was less than what I was hoping for, with a myopic focus on a single family while a whole planet’s worth of stuff is going on in the background.

On the technology side, they tried to do some high frame rate stuff that looked like complete garbage at my local AMC. I’m not sure if our equipment wasn’t able to keep up with the demands of the movie, but I saw the frame rate get down to the teens at a few points, then the video would go into the high 100’s trying to catch up with the audio track. The experience reminded me of when I tried to set up a media center PC but it wasn’t really up to the task. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing what the 4k/hdr release is going to eventually look like, because I sadly think that’s going to be a better experience than what I got in the theaters.

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