“Avatar: The Way of Water” Has Hot Blue People and Annoying Spider Boys?


John Raoux

The Na’vi Shaman of Songs celebrates with music in Na’vi River Journey ride at Pandora-World of Avatar land attraction in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Destiny Albrecht, Staff writer

After years of silence from Disney’s “Avatar” world, the newly released sequel is a breathtaking experience in movie theaters, making it a hit among viewers.

“Avatar: The Way of Water” was released on Dec. 16 and has been popular ever since, earning a 78% on Rotten Tomatoes. With the 13-year break, many fans were excited to see that Disney has returned with yet another color-filled and action-packed movie.

The plot was pretty predictable. I mean come on. The overused action movie storyline of creating a family, living in peace for a long while and then an obstacle of war presenting itself again? Been there, done that. 

However, that did not stop the producer, Jon Landau, and Director James Cameron from making this movie a masterpiece.

As a viewer, you watch Jake Sully stay in the world of Pandora, forming his own family with his wife Neytiri. During this process, you also get to watch Sully grow into the motivated and protective king he is, which makes the character building more personal for the audience.

The two boys‒whom many fans claim are attractive (I’m a little concerned but I guess it’s understandable)‒look up to their father, learning his hunting and fighting skills over the course of their childhood. The family forms a strong bond, using the saying “Sullys stick together.”

I’m not going to lie, that saying was pretty cute. However, they continuously put themselves in more danger and questioned how they got into this bad situation in the first place. Like bestie, what do you mean? You literally followed them into the battle, what else did you expect?

Despite the stupidity and irrational thinking of the kids, the movie and the plot itself were entertaining to watch. That wasn’t the best part of it, though.

The CGI and world building of Pandora was the most beautiful part of the entire film. Skies of blue and purple mixed with floating rocks and giant trees filled the screen.

While I’m not big on a movie that takes three hours out of my life, this one was worth it. The movie left me feeling like Pandora was a real place, and I wanted to travel there right after walking out of the theater.

The war I could live without, definitely, but it would be a dream if I could live there. Good thing there is an “Avatar” section at Disney that reflects just how amazing Pandora really is. It’s the closest thing I’ve got to those lands and skies.

One thing from the movie that definitely could have been taken out was Spider, the Tarzan looking boy who paints himself blue and runs around with his junk hanging out, pretending to be one of the Na’vi. 

First of all, why do you just plant yourself into their family? Also, why on earth are you hissing at people? You’re not an animal, what are you doing? I’m sorry if any of you liked him, but he’s annoying and the movie would’ve been so much better without him.

Also, can we talk about the fact that he is related to the bad guy, and continues to add to my list of reasons to hate him by being a traitor? Like oh my, just go. No one needs you here. Your existence doesn’t serve a purpose. Now leave. Please.

Obviously I’ve gotten a bit carried away, but let’s rein it in and talk about what was actually enjoyable in the movie.

I wish we as an audience got to see more of Pandora. The world is just so colorful and magical that I hope for the third movie we get to see more of the planet and not so much war involved.

I also liked the romance from the first movie and I wish we could have seen a little bit more of that in “Avatar: The Way of Water” too. Their love language was clearly physical touch, which was so heartwarming to watch the little taps and touches from all of them. 

As any teenage girl would say, the little things matter and they made that evident in the movie.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie and definitely cried a couple times. The violence and death was great for the plot, but tore my heart in two. However, that didn’t stop me from rating this film a 9/10 on Letterboxd.

And I’m not the only one who admired this movie and the view from my movie theater seat, considering how many TikToks I have seen of the film.

There have been several to show up on my For You Page, showcasing the colorful world that the Na’vi inhabit. I have also seen many of Jake Sully and Neytiri’s sparkling romance from the first and second movie.

Sorry to expose anyone, and myself, but thousands of people on the social media app have watched‒and liked‒countless thirst-trap edits of Jake Sully and his sons to popular songs and sounds as well.

If you say that you haven’t then you’re lying because I know damn well there is at least one in your favorites. I’m looking at you, whoever I saw in the hallway watching one. Several times. Over and over. It’s okay, I’ll admit that I’m guilty of it too.

Anyways, reserve a $13 ticket to the movies with your friends‒which is outrageous, in my opinion‒preferably IMAX for a better experience, and get your butt to the theater. Bring your tissues and be prepared to cry from the violence and heartbreak that occurs, as well as the desire to have the family bond they do and live in the beautiful world of Pandora.