While it’s no secret that the last trailer for Avatar: The Way of Water didn’t exactly set our world on fire, if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. With the film’s December 15 release date just weeks away, another new trailer has landed and this one’s… well, a little better. We’re willing to admit – if begrudgingly – that the underwater footage does look pretty damn impressive this time around, however calling this sequel to 2009’s lavish-but-hollow blockbuster “the motion picture event of a generation” reeks of hubris.
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Visual effects don’t mean much unless they’re telling a good story and we’re willing to bet we can already predict every single beat in the yarn Avatar: The Way of Water will be weaving. After all, the first film was essentially Pocahontas with a dash of Ferngully and it looks like director James Cameron – who, to give him his well-deserved due, is a true great in the pantheon of the blockbuster arts – has been more focused on the technology used to tell the tale than the tale itself. Just think how much more exciting it would be if all this money and talent was put to good use telling a story we haven’t all seen play out countless times before.
We can hear the Cameron-defenders getting rankled and it’s true, we are getting ahead of ourselves. At least there are some action-grounding human characters included in the trailer this time around (however briefly), and the underwater footage teeming with alien life looks about as real as a David Attenborough documentary.
While we’d rather have Cameron devoting his considerable talents to just about anything other than this Avatar sequel and the three (three!) that will follow it, we’d be kidding ourselves if we said we probably won’t eventually give in and find ourselves in a cinema wearing uncomfortable 3D glasses for this second journey through Pandora.
Avatar: The Way of Water hits cinemas on December 15. Check out the trailer above or via the link below.