Avatar-2 Way of water. All the chips of a blockbuster and the first reaction to the premiere in London
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James Cameron is filming a whole series of “Avatar”, but the premiere of “Avtar-2: The Way of Water” has been waiting for 13 years – it has been postponed 5 times. The first reaction of the press in the West is enthusiastic, albeit with reservations.
The creation of “Avatar-2” is associated with complex underwater filming. Cameron immediately told the producers of the picture that he did not intend to simulate a state of weightlessness under water by hanging the actors on ropes, as was customary. He brought all of his vast underwater documentary experience to the new film, and the result seems to be amazing, judging by the first reaction from critics to the closed premiere in London.
Focus will talk about the features of the new film and the first Western reviews of it.
“Avatar-2” – two “resurrected”
In the film, such cast from the first part: Sam Worthington (Jake Sully), Zoe Saldana (Neytiri), Giovanni Ribisi (Parker Selfridge), Stephen Lang (Miles Quaritch), Joel David Moore (Norm Spellman), Sigourney Weaver (Grace Augustine).
New stars in the film: Kate Winslet (“Titanic”), Vin Diesel, David Thewlis (“Harry Potter”) and Cliff Curtis (“Die Hard 4.0”).
In the first film, the characters Weaver and Lang ( colonel – the main antagonist) died, but Cameron decided to resurrect them in the second part of “Avatar”. How? Through the Eywa Soul Tree.
Why is the continuation of “Avatar” expected for the second decade already?
It was planned that the second part of “Avatar” will be released in December 2014, the third – in December 2015, etc. But there were five transfers of prime ministers. The director explained it this way.
James Cameron originally planned only three sequels to Avatar. But then I realized that there would be a fourth. I had to change the script. Cameron stated: “The writing team and I worked out the smallest details. Big sequels to big films have one thing in common – script inconsistencies. We spent a lot of time to eliminate them and work out the characters' stories. In the end, we answered, I think, all questions about all the characters. I don't want the audience and fans to misunderstand.”
The Avatar 2 film was ready in 2020, but the Disney studio postponed the premiere due to the coronavirus (during the work on the project, the release company 20th Century Fox became part of Disney).
“Avatar 2” – details Plot
Avatar 2 takes place 14 years after the first part of the film.
Jake Sully lives with his new family on the planet Pandora. A familiar threat is on the horizon – people decided to return to avenge their defeat. But, of course, it's also a matter of profit – they strive to continue working on the extraction of unobtanium (an expensive rare mineral).
Sally will become the leader of the clan, and Neytiri will become its high priestess. It is known that they will have an eight-year-old daughter.
Most of the entire story will take place on and under water. In 2014, Cameron made the film “Abyss Challenge” about diving to the bottom of the 11-kilometer Mariana Trench. He used his experience in underwater filming in “Avatar-2”.
In order to increase the scale of hostilities, several Navi clans are introduced into the plot, feuding with each other. For Sally, the task is to unite them against a common enemy – people. The plot is somewhat reminiscent of the struggle of North American Indians against the invasion of white people.
The main antagonist of the Navi is the same, already resurrected Colonel Miles Quaritch. It looks like it will also be blue navi.
The essence of the new film “Avatar. The Way of Water”: family comes first
< p>Project producer Jon Landau opened another veil: “Cameron has a unique quality – to focus on some specific values in his films. In the first Avatar, he spoke about love for home, homeland, religion. Now the film will be based on the institute family”.
The nuances of underwater filming and the language of characters
As for underwater filming, Cameron noted: “When I'm not making films, I'm studying the ocean. When I had the opportunity to combine my two great loves, I said, “Why not? And we did it.” Cameron built a 340,000 liter tank for underwater filming. All actors have completed diving courses.
In the first film, the Navi language was invented. Cameron has now asked deaf actor CJ Jones to invent a new sign language.
Curiously, in preparation for filming, Cameron traveled to the tropical jungle of Brazil during a conservation tour, where he studied how the life of local tribes works. Considering all these difficult moments, Cameron said: “Yes, this is definitely the most difficult shooting in my life. After the release of the film, I will hold a big press conference and tell you how we filmed it. It's just cool! I think people will be blown away when they find out the details.” “.
“Avatar-2. The path of water”. The first reaction in the West
The first Avatar was one of the most expensive ($237 million) and one of the highest-grossing films of all time ($2.92 billion). After 13 years (there were five transfers of the premiere), Cameron wants to surpass his previous achievement. Perhaps he will succeed. After all, the director is already shooting a franchise: the shooting of the third Avatar has been completed and it should be released in 2024, and two more films are scheduled for 2026 and 2028. The main thing is that “Avatar-2” lived up to expectations. Cameron says Avatar 2 needs to raise at least $2 billion to cover costs.
In early December, the premiere of the megalokbuster took place in London. The first reviews are already in.
“Slow start, big construction, incredibly fun action with a lot of cool creatures give beautiful and emotionally sharp action – enough to make you go home happy,” says David Sims of The Atlantic.
Empire's Amon Warmann remarked, somewhat dryly, that it was a “controversial work”. But then, paradoxically, he added: “Avatar 2” is better than the first film. “
Ian Sandwell of Digital Spy calls the film a “masterpiece”, with caveats: “The Way of the Water” is a visual masterpiece with extensive use of 3D and captivating but suffers from an unconvincing story and an unnecessarily large number of characters, but James Cameron put it all together for a hugely effective finale that caused a lot of emotions.”