While some critics were bowled over by the grand spectacle after the London world premiere, others including the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw found it far from thrilling
The first responses to Avatar: The Way of Water have emerged online after the film’s world premiere in London on Tuesday. Full reviews of James Cameron’s long-in-the-making sequel to his own record-box-office fantasy epic won’t be published until next Tuesday, as per the distributor’s embargo, but critics are posting short responses on social media.
In the US, reactions have been largely positive. David Ehrlich, chief critic of Indiewire, said it was “light years better than the first & easily one of the best theatrical experiences in ages. streaming found dead in a ditch”. He added: “I was, uh, not exactly champing at the bit for an Avatar 2 … now I can’t *wait* to see Avatar 3. that’s basically all I wanted out of this and it delivered in a big way.”