The official trailer to James Cameron’s highly anticipated sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water has officially dropped.

After 13 years, the sequel to the most successful film of all time is finally set to release. Avatar: The Way of Water is just a little over a month away after over a decade’s wait. Sure the original Avatar was re-released a few times, but after a movie that big, people were clamoring for more. However, it has been so long since the first movie, many have lost their fondness, and others have begun to critique the shallowness of the story and highlight the numerous tropes it follows. But everyone still praises the technological marvel that it is, and most are excited because visually, the sequel looks to take things to a whole new level.

Avatar: The Way of Water | Official Trailer

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The teaser trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water is terrible, story-wise. It does not build tension, justify the drama, or even seem interesting. Visually it looked kind of cool, but it did absolutely nothing but remind people the sequel is finally on its way. The extended preview with the new 3D glasses at D23 was fantastic! First, it showed the final scene in the teaser trailer was cut in the wrong order, so that pseudo-word-play to be a meaningful thing is actually not what is in that teaser trailer. It’s not a catchphrase, but it is way better than presented. It also reignited the wonder and magic of the world audiences experienced in the first film.

The official trailer airs on the side of the extended preview. It actually gives a look into the story. It shows that the last 13 years were more than just making a pretty picture. It shows family, exploration, and major conflict. Most of all, it shows all of it enhanced by the incredible visual spectacle that has yet to be matched by its predecessor. Avatar: The Way of Water is looking to be the continuation of the first film’s legacy and taking it to new heights and great depths. The trailer will likely win over a lot of skeptics.

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That being said, I have some critiques. First, I still honestly and truly hate that teaser trailer. I got to experience the premiere of it right before Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness with a theater full of my fellow industry colleagues. There was no applause. Most shared the opinion that it was a terrible teaser. It was objectively bad. Second, this white kid with dreads bothers me. White people with dreads tend to bother me in general. But especially after the white savior trope of the first film, having a white kid with dreads just seems like a bad call. How do we show this white kid is in the wild? We give him dreads.

And why the hell is he not more tanned? Bronzed skin would show his affinity with nature more than dreads.

But other than that, pretty hyped for the movie.

Avatar: The Way of Water releases exclusively in theaters on December 16, 2022

About Avatar: The Way of Water

Avatar: The Way Of Water

Release Date: December 16, 2022
Director: James Cameron
Editors: James Cameron, Stephen E. Rivkin, John Refoua, David Brenner
Cinematography: Russell Carpenter
Music By: Simon Granglen
Screenplay By: James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver
Story By: James Cameron, Rick Jaffa, Amanda Silver, Josh Friedman, Shane Salerno
Production Company: Lightstorm Entertainment
Distributed By: 20th Century Studios
Run Time: 190 Minutes
Cast: Zoe Saldana, Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Stephen Lang, Cliff Curtis, Joel David Moore, CCH Pounder, Edie Falco, Jemaine Clement, and Kate Winslet.

Synopsis:
Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, “Avatar: The Way of Water” begins to tell the story of the Sully family (Jake, Neytiri, and their kids), the trouble that follows them, the lengths they go to keep each other safe, the battles they fight to stay alive, and the tragedies they endure.

What do you think of the Avatar: The Way of Water official trailer? Did the teaser trailer annoy you as much as it did me? Why did they give this kid dreadlocks? Let us know what you think and any of your theories on Twitter!

Source: 20th Century Studios

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