Some fans are having a really hard time getting out of Pandora to get back to reality. In 2009, many spectators felt a “post Avatar” and the sequel should not escape this phenomenon either.
Back to Pandora with Avatar 2
It’s been 13 years since fans ofAvatar waiting to return to Pandora. An eternity. But the wait is finally over! The Way of the Water arrived in French cinemas (and this Friday, December 16 in the United States). This sequel takes place ten years after the events told in the first film. Jake and Neytiri still live in harmony with nature.
They are now at the head of a large family (with their biological and adopted children). But the return of the GDR will force them to abandon their homes and take refuge on the reefs, where the Metkayina live, another Na’vi people. After a somewhat stormy arrival, they end up being accepted by their peers and will discover another way of life, within an ever more magical nature. Because the Metkayina are one with the water.
Thereby, Avatar 2 takes us on magical underwater dives, in contact with beautiful new creatures.
Hard to come back to reality
For this second film, James Cameron saw things (very) big. In particular, he used aquatic capture performance which makes underwater scenes incredibly immersive. This new journey of more than three hours takes spectators on a magic universewith a realism never reached in the history of cinema.
A total immersion, from which some find it very difficult to recover once the lights of the room are turned on again. This phenomenon of “post Avatar” had already taken place after the release of the first film. Many viewers had indeed felt a deep sadness at the idea of coming back to reality, as relayed CNN at the time:
Since I went to see Avatar, I’m depressed. Admiring the wonderful world of Pandora and the Na’vi made me want to be one. I can’t stop thinking about the movies and all the tears and chills I’ve had. I even considered suicide, telling myself that I might be reincarnated in a marvelous world like Pandora.
When I woke up this morning after seeing Avatar, the world seemed so… gray. Everything I’ve done so far feels so insignificant. I find no reason to continue. I live in a collapsing world.
I was depressed because I wanted to live in Pandora which seems like a perfect world. But I was also depressed and disgusted with what we are doing to our Earth. I really wanted to escape this reality.
With this new film, this phenomenon promises to increase. Not only did James Cameron push realism further and imagine even more majesticbut the time is also more serious than that of 2009. Between the geopolitical and health crises, the desire to live in Pandora has never been greater.