Avatar 2 The Way of Water: A Delight for the Eyes, But Not Entirely Kid-Friendly

Image: Avatar 2 Way of Water Parents Guide Wondering if Avatar: The Way of Water is suitable for kids? And was Avatar 2 worth the 13-year wait? As visually stunning as the film is, it...

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Wondering if Avatar: The Way of Water is suitable for kids? And was Avatar 2 worth the 13-year wait? As visually stunning as the film is, it falls short in terms of storytelling. The originality that made the first film so captivating seems to have been overshadowed by CGI effects. In this Avatar 2 Parents Guide, we will delve into what parents need to know about the movie.

Avatar 2 Parents Guide - Is it Kid Friendly?

Set more than a decade after the events of the first film, Avatar: The Way of Water introduces us to the Sully family - Jake, Neytiri, and their children. However, it takes a significant amount of time for the story to unfold, which may test the patience of younger viewers.

After a new threat from the Sky People, Jake Sully decides to relocate his family from the forest for their safety. The threat comes from Col. Miles Quaritch, who returns as an avatar with a vendetta against Jake. Avatar 2 is mostly family-friendly, but there are a few asterisks.

Age Rating: Why is Avatar 2 Rated PG-13?

Avatar 2: The Way of Water is rated PG-13 due to partial nudity, intense action, strong violence, and language. These elements make the movie unsuitable for children under 13 years old.

Language in Avatar 2

The film contains quite a bit of strong language, with some teens and marines using profanity. Swear words such as sh*t, a*hole, bich, damn, bastard, and f*ck are used multiple times. Additionally, there are frequent uses of the words hell, Jesus, and g-dammit.

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Action: Is Avatar 2 Too Scary for Kids?

Avatar 2 features numerous intense battle scenes that may be too frightening for young children. The action sequences include death, high body counts, hand-to-hand combat, and the use of weapons such as arrows, spears, and guns. There are also explosions and scenes of homes and villages being set on fire.

Some scenes may distress young children, as animals are hunted and killed, and children are subjected to cruelty and danger. Jump scares are present, including a scene where a scary creature tries to attack a character. Other notable scenes include a character having a seizure and another character crushing a skull.

Mature Content: Is Avatar 2 OK For Kids?

When considering the partial nudity in Avatar 2, it refers to the appearance of the Na'vi, who are essentially naked but wearing loin cloths and some clothing. Their bodies are portrayed in a non-sexual manner.

There is a conversation about a character's pregnancy. Some scenes evoke strong emotions, depicting the grief of losing loved ones and featuring flashbacks. The movie explores themes of revenge and war, highlighting the invasion of one group's home by another.

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Is Avatar: The Way of Water Appropriate for Kids Under 13?

In summary, Avatar 2 contains partial nudity, battle scenes, cruelty to animals and children, and instances of profanity. While younger kids may be captivated by the underwater scenes and stunning visuals, some content is too mature for them. For children ages 10 and up, Avatar 2 can be an enjoyable experience if parents feel their child can handle the emotional and darker moments.

If possible, watching Avatar 2 in 3D enhances the immersive experience, but be cautious if your child is prone to motion sickness, as the extended runtime may cause discomfort.

The lack of originality in the story and dialogue surprised me, considering James Cameron's attention to detail. While the visuals and visual effects are breathtaking, the dialogue feels simplified. Certain repetitive catchphrases from marines and troops during invasion plans became tiresome.

The story itself, centered around revenge, is not groundbreaking, with only the setting transitioning from land to water. The 3-hour-and-10-minute runtime feels excessive, with several filler scenes detracting from the world-building. Watching the movie often felt like experiencing a National Geographic video game for an extended period.

I expect Avatar: The Way of Water to generate significant revenue, given the limited movie options currently available. Watching it in theaters is recommended, especially for viewers seeking a visual feast of VFX. However, be prepared with some Red Bull if you find yourself feeling drowsy, as the film may fail to fully engage you.

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