The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has had a negative impact on blockbuster filmmaking in the last decade.
Superhero movies have made it difficult for smaller budget films to receive proper exhibition, and have taught audiences to accept mediocrity.
James Cameron's new film, Avatar: The Way of Water, is a response to the dominance of the MCU and the rise of streaming in the last decade.
The Way of Water combines technology and timeless themes, and Cameron's disregard for traditional storytelling is evident in the second act of the film
The second act features immersive underwater photography, refined 3D, and fluctuating frame rates, and the visuals are unmatched by anything previously seen on screen.
The film's use of technology, including the "virtual production" process and the new "Expression Sessions" facial capture system, has the potential to revolutionize the film industry.
The Way of Water presents a sincere and authentic experience that can only be fully appreciated in a cinema.
The film's themes of environmentalism and the impact of colonialism are timely and relevant.
The performances of the cast, including Zoe Saldana and Sam Worthington, are strong and emotionally resonant
The Way of Water is a triumph of cinema that sets a new standard for blockbuster filmmaking and serves as a much-needed cultural reset