Since I have recently been cast in the role of defender of all things Disney, I just wanted to say that I saw Avatar2 (née: Avatar: The Way Of Water), and I thought it sucked. More than sucked, was a cloying, trite, piece of doggerel that didn’t deserve the celluloid it was printed on. (OK, I’m not sure celluloid is still involved, but you get what I mean.)
It is crossing the $2B mark this weekend, soon to overtake three of the only six to ever do so on it’s way to becoming the 3rd highest grossing film in history (Behind the original Avatar and Titanic.) Those about to be passed are two Avengers films and StarWars VII.
I am supposed to mention there may be spoilers ahead, but it’s hard to imagine that, since everything - excepting the spectacular graphics - has been seen before in countless films including, and I mean it, back to the beginning of the industry.
If it isn’t one thing it’s another, from the cloying happy family with the wise ole’ Dad and rebellious teen to the wrongly threatened and invaded village, and there are at least three repetitions of the Damsel in Distress trope. (She’s not tied to railroad tracks, instead she’s handcuffed to a ship railing. That makes it different?) Cardboard characters, hackneyed story line, trite dialogue, and the explosions! Oh my the explosions! (Ah well, it can play overseas.)
Phooey! Beautiful imagery in the underwater scenes, I’ll admit; over-the-top CGI with the battle scenes. The bad guys get massacred, the good guys scarcely get touched, and Mr. Meany, the baddest of the bad guys, Mr. Evil himself, well let’s just say he gets what he deserves. But there’s going to be a sequel, so maybe not.
Crappy, awful, terrible film unless you are on acid and want a pretty cool visual experience, but that is less than half of what a film should be. We first went to a 4DX showing (by accident) but walked out after the trailers, the theater being determined to show us how violent the seats could be. We went back for a 3D show, which was certainly 3D visually, but flat as wallboard in every other respect.
Congratulations to Disney, who gets credit for this film even though it came by way of the Fox acquisition. Soon to be the 3rd, perhaps 2nd highest money maker in film history. Bah.