James Cameron does it again in the visually stunning and emotional return to Pandora

As expected, critics are currently raving about the visual effects of “The Way of Water”. Variety’s Courtney Howard went so far as to call it a “captivating, awe-inspiring masterclass in world-building”, due in part to its beautiful visuals. I mean, we could have seen this coming from a mile away. Seriously, have you guys set those water animations?

If you’re into more technical talk, Reel Blend’s Kevin McCarthy has you covered. He called the sharp 48FPS and 3D technology “some of the most captivating immersion [he’s] ever seen.”

If you can believe it, some say it’s an improvement over the original. Does this confirm that Cameron is the greatest sequel director of all time? Maybe!

Of course, there’s apparently a lot to love about the film outside of the visuals. Another constant in these early reactions is the rich character building. After all, what good are impressive visuals if the characters we follow aren’t properly developed?

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Even those who were previously lukewarm on the first “Avatar” way back in 2009 are singing the praises of “The Way of Water.”

But if there’s one takeaway from these early reviews, it’s that we should never bet against Jimmy C and his ambitions.

Even other filmmakers are praising “The Way of Water,” with one of the first being Guillermo del Toro, who tweeted his thoughts on the “swimming performance” on Thanksgiving. Talk about legends supporting legends!

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