Filmmakers often like to surprise their audiences with unexpected sequels and additions. This was not spared by everyone’s favorite “Avatar”. Although the planned continuation was known from the publication of the first part, for many the second part was a pleasant surprise. Still would! Thirteen years later, no one hoped for a sequel, but James Cameron managed to surprise everyone.
Many believed that “Avatar” did not need to be continued and was logically finished. The heroes defeated the “bad guys”, and no sequels are needed – why spoil the pleasant impressions and destroy the fairy tale with a happy ending? But the director of the film is clearly of a different opinion. He says that he wanted to bring his characters closer to our world, adding reality to their personality, details of everyday life and problems. Let’s see what the film crew managed to create.
The meaning of the movie “Avatar: The Way of Water”
Basically, after watching the movie, a viscous feeling of understatement is created. We were given too many “facts” to take for granted, and no explanation. Take, for example, Kiri’s father, who is remembered and forgotten about in the film. And why is the avatar of her mother in the capsule, who was definitely killed in the first part? Why did Jake run away from people – did he not know what kind of enemy he was dealing with? And many more obscure things, and sometimes illogical behavior of the characters. Whether Cameron wanted to show reality in this way or it happened because of indiscretion, no one will tell us. Perhaps the director’s intention pursued completely different goals during filming, and the undeveloped main characters were just a cover? ..
Jokingly, the “camp” of fans after watching was divided into four main groups: “Connoisseurs of the family”, “True fans”, “Ardent critics” and “Conspiracy theorists”. We can also distinguish two subgroups: optimists and pessimists. That’s what they called on some sites people leading discussions. Everyone had their own vision of the picture. The most common types of interpretations are from subgroups. Both claim that there is no point in the film, with the difference – some say that “Avatar” was filmed for the soul and is a “warm-up” for serious and cruel parts 3 and 4, while others claim that everything is hopeless and Cameron has lost his skills for such a long break; The film has nothing but a beautiful picture.
To some extent, people from other groups agree with this opinion, but their vision of the picture still differs. The first type – connoisseurs of families – as the name already implies, sees the family and its values at the heart of the film, namely: how the cozy little world of family life is destroyed by war and how parents stand up to protect their children. The film teaches us to enjoy the moments of life and beauty, to enjoy life now and enjoy what we have, to live in peace and harmony with ourselves and others. Also, using the example of Jake and Neytiri, you can understand how not to behave in certain situations related to both life, communication with other people, and raising children. This group noticed another curious message. The film raises the theme of revenge: son for son, brother for brother. Is it worth it to take revenge on your enemy, and what consequences this can lead to. This is tied to adaptation among strangers – the Spider tries to become “his own” for the tribe, but feels like a stranger because of his father, and Neytiri’s anger does not contribute to this at all. Although these topics have not yet reached their logical conclusion, many are sure that in the future they will certainly be revealed from an unexpected angle.
Another interpretation of the film is very simple – it says that “Avatar: The Way of Water” was needed to reveal the universe of “Avatar”. In this part, the world was expanded and some little things about Na’vi life were revealed. This option suggests that the meaning of this film is to start a new phase of the Avatar story, to raise questions that other parts will answer in the future, to set the stage for continuation. In this case, people are of the opinion that the film does not carry any sacred meaning, it simply tells about life on Pandora, about its internal and external conflicts and the ordinary life of its heroes.
The third option is broadly similar to the previous one, except that the film was not thought out so “deeply” and the world does not really reveal. Here is one statement that accurately conveys the essence of this option: “There is no sense in it, most likely there is so much understatement and pathos just to release a sequel and collect more profit: in parallel with the second part, they filmed the third, so you need to cover the costs. We are waiting soon for a new beautiful picture with answers to two or three questions and a lot of inconsistencies.” These people are completely disillusioned with the film and scold it for almost every detail.
In my opinion, the most interesting is the fourth option. Conspiracy theories have always been and will be one of the most sensational topics on the Internet. People who hold this opinion say that the film is made very well, but not for the audience. The whole point of the film is to tell between the lines about the plans of the Illuminati for our world. The film talks about the existence of other races on other planets, that the horrors that are taking place in our world will not end soon, and that every person has a double somewhere in a parallel universe. The whole film is filled with symbolism – like the first part – from the poster to the main characters. They can be compared with evil spirits, which is why they have the signs of animals, their skin color is blue, and their eyes are unnatural: yellow and with a vertical pupil. And the name of the planet – Pandora – alludes to Pandora’s box, in which troubles are sealed. Think, it’s not worth saying where the legs “grow” from this opinion – even in the first part there was a hint of the coronavirus – Jake was running away from the masked crowd chasing him. Too strange, given the release of the film – 2009. However, who knows what creative people have in mind, these are all just theories.
Explanation of the ending of the movie “Avatar: The Way of Water”
The ending of the film can be called impressive: there are epic battles, and drama, and overcoming oneself, and much more that captured the heart and attention of the viewer. James Cameron did a good job completing the second part, literally putting his soul into it, and with it important and curious thoughts. The meaning of the ending, of course, is also in the plot for a sequel, but let’s look at the questions posed.
Overcoming yourself and your fears. True expression: “If you want to overcome your fear – meet it face to face.” Having met with Quaritch once again in battle, the heroes no longer fear him so much. It can be said that their fear has been conquered. In contrast, take the middle of the film, where Sally wants to hide from him, take him away from her family, but circumstances forced them to fight back – such strong and armored enemies. In my opinion, this part of the ending says that you don’t need to run away from something – be it problems or fears, you need to learn how to deal with and overcome them, and then you can provide yourself with a calm, happy life.
Supervision or overprotection of children. Remember the moment when Neytiri wanted to protect her children from the whole world, but in the end her children played a significant role in defeating the enemy? So, do not exercise constant control over your children – try to give them the opportunity to prove themselves in something new. Do not be afraid to develop independence in children – sooner or later they will have to leave their home, and the more prepared they are for this, the better for them.
Request for help and association. The Na’vi tribes were only able to defeat the Sky Monsters by uniting, right? Everyone needs to remember this morality: in order to defeat a common enemy. A similar example can be found in the history of America, when Europeans colonized the lands of the Indians and took people into slavery. The Indians did not unite among themselves, and intertribal hostility played into the hands of the Europeans. Unfortunately, there are many such examples. So don’t be afraid to ask for help, sometimes it’s necessary.
Of course, each person will interpret both the plot of Avatar: The Way of Water and the message of the ending differently. The above are the most popular opinions, but this does not mean that your vision of the film is wrong. As mentioned earlier, the thought laid down by Cameron can be completely unexpected and overwhelming. In any case, we can only wait for the release of the third part. I wonder what it will be called?
Is humanity degrading?
The film lends itself without much difficulty to a direct and simple reading. This is the accusatory sermon of an apostate. James Cameron pronounces nothing less than an indictment of human civilization. He made a paradox film. At the semantic level, it critically assesses everything that is connected with its author and that, in principle, makes the appearance of such a movie spectacle possible. Cameron – a defeatist and a renegade – says that human civilization has reached a dead end and is doomed.
The director, of course, is a person. But this is not a reason for him to share with other people their successes, which become an instrument of death.
In fact, this is an old story. The murderous power of technical innovation began to be talked about many years (it seems several centuries) ago.
In the history of mankind, technological progress again and again turned into a rapid development of means and instruments for the destruction of life. A cannon, a machine gun, an assault rifle, a bomber can be perceived as stages in the moral degradation of the human race: from the duel of Achilles and Hector, living rivals, converging with each other “on equal terms”, military tactics evolve to weapons of mass destruction, used – the farther, the more – without danger to those who apply it for instant success.
In the famous Soviet film “Chapaev” one of the main characters is a Maxim machine gun, 600 rounds per minute. The scenery in Chapaev, of course, is different, but the severity of the conflict is about the same as in Avatar 2. There was a rather dubious episode from the point of view of official ideology: Kappel’s “psychic” attack. An attempt to defeat the enemy with the power of the spirit. Civil war, officers of the army of General Vladimir Kappel in even ranks go on the offensive across the field. Some of their opponents, the Chapayevites, are already ready to flee. But the attackers are met by a machine gun. And there is no reception against this crowbar in the film.
… It can be assumed that the development of technology was accompanied by the moral degradation of the human race. Cameron presents her results. People are presented to him as morally deaf, self-serving, non-empathetic beings. Vengeful, selfish, using reason and knowledge, without distinguishing between evil and good. They are contrasted with the inhabitants of the planet Pandora, for whom the priority is precisely the unshakable moral rules and norms.
A feast of technology
Reflections on a lost humanity in Cameron are combined with work for a wide audience and testing new entertainment possibilities.
Hence the escalation of adventurous resources, and simple movements of the soul as the norm, without reflexive complications, and technical innovations. The magic of 3D works in the film with the incredible power of immersion in otherworldly reality.
In connection with “Avatar 2” I had to hear that there was not much film technology progress; when watching a movie in IMAX 3D, no revolution is felt on the screen. The director admitted that he only developed his own Fusion Camera System to work with 3D. But that’s where the promised progress ends. In the second “Avatar” there are only more effects from computer games: aggressive zooming, a sharp change in angle, blur effect. But this, they say, we have seen more than once on the big screen, there is nothing to be surprised here. However, I would agree with the expertise of Vladimir Khodakovsky: in the film, the “graphics” has improved markedly, “the camera does not get tired of showing close-ups, and even in large IMAX resolution you can see every eyelash, every Na’vi mole, every fin even on the smallest fish. You can also safely talk about the next generation of special effects. The motion capture of the actors was also done in the water, the characters swim so realistically that at some point you forget that this is an effect that required a lot of work and long weeks of filming real actors in complex uncomfortable suits at a depth, years of diving training, the need hold your breath for a few minutes“. He also notes that among the new products, there was a fly in the ointment: this is the use of HFR (high frame rate). But this decision seems debatable. Scenes with HFR are perceived by the eye as slightly accelerated, and these moments resemble either a computer game or the “eye protection” function, TruMotion.
There are viewers who think that Cameron is a brilliant visualist, but his ideas are not very deep. “ It’s still a grand celebration of visual effects, breathtaking fictional images come to life. But the triumph of the picture comes at the expense of the defeat of meaning .”
The director is true to his credo, it’s hard to argue. But his critical view of the problems of mankind over the years since the first Avatar has received some arguments in life and in the cinema (remember, for example, Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up). He is also consistent in affirming positive values. It is freedom, solidarity, love. In the new film, to these axiomatic, ideal maximums, the family is added as the most important anchor of life.
Not only a sentence, but also a sermon?
Do we want to consider Cameron’s picture a moral-environmental, pacifist utopia? And if so, is there a demand for such a utopia as a parabolic (non-literal) project of the future? After all, it’s not for the sake of technological balancing act that millions of its viewers gather in cinema halls?
Well, and a more general question: can art influence life today?.. It is not easy to answer it. Therefore, we will limit ourselves finally to a reminder that after the second part of Avatar, three more final series will follow; the fifth, final part should be released already in 2028. We will see a lot of interesting things.