Over a dozen years after the first visit to Pandora, James Cameron returns to the alien world of his imagination with a continuation of the story that made “Avatar” the biggest box office hit in history. “The Way of Water” follows up on the characters from the first story, adds a lot more and expands the visual world building of Cameron in some marvelous ways.
Heather Baxendale Walsh joins the show this week as a solo guest, and she and Richard share thoughts on this highly anticipated film. There is certainly more of the same and to quote Heather, “if you liked the first one, you will like this one”. We also talk about why some people don’t like the first one, and we can see the potential for a repeat of the polarization that Cameron seems to provoke with his storytelling style.
There are new characters in the story but there are also returning versions of characters that supposedly left us after the first go round. We discuss the logic of these choices and decide in the long run, that it was not problematic. Also, have you asked yourself how long you can hold your breath? Working with Cameron, using new techniques for underwater motion capture, requires that you can do at least five minutes.
Don’t worry about “unobtainium”, the McGuffin from the first film, it is not mentioned once in the new movie. This film features more pure action, especially in the last act, but the mystical characteristics of the planet do play a part at times. Now there is an entirely new way that the “skypeople” are ravishing the planet.
Discussion of Film 3:14
Spoiler Wall Comes Down 37:30
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