After more than a decade of technological advancement and anticipation to see a new story from a legendary director, Avatar: The Way of the Water (2022) is finally here. Legendary filmmaker James Cameron has spent roughly the last twenty years of his life creating the world of Pandora, telling the epic saga of the invasive human race and the defensive Na’vi people, and if reviews are any indication, that long period was well spent. Critics have praised the long-awaited follow-up as a flawless follow-up complete with some of the best visuals ever seen in a movie theater, as well as a more emotional story and vastly improved performances compared to the original film. Collider’s own senior film editor and self-proclaimed “Avatar non believer” Ross Bonaime had the pleasure of seeing the new follow-up, praising the film as “one of the most extraordinary experiences you can have at the cinema”.
While movie fans everywhere have been eagerly awaiting what Cameron and the rest of the cast and crew have been working on all this time, since it’s been so long since the last movie, some might want a refresher on where we left off in the movie. history back in 2009. Many were lucky enough to see Avatar (2009) to be re-released in theaters during September, adding just a little more money to the pile of the highest-grossing film ever made. During that time, 20th Century’s new parent company Disney, in a possible experiment to gauge public interest in the franchise all these years later, removed Avatar from its streaming home on Disney+ to maximize a reason for people to go to theaters and see the film in the environment in which it was intended to be seen.
After a week of limited engagement, naturally not every single person was able to see it, which led Avatar fans everywhere are wondering if the first movie is back on streaming so they can watch it one more time before the second installment. If such a fan were to read below, they would quickly find the answer.
Watch the trailer for Avatar
The film may be over a decade old, but the visuals from the 2009s Avatar still speaks for itself and holds up remarkably well. Even in a small-scale trailer like the one above, the landscape of Pandora and the citizens who inhabit it are a spectacular sight. The epic story of Jake Sully and Neytiri and their fight against the human invaders continues to amaze audiences with its amazing technical achievements and it is evident wherever you watch it, be it in a cinema, on a television or even on your phone.
Is Avatar available to watch on streaming?
Since Avatarits parent company 20th Century Studios was bought by the Walt Disney Company, Avatar had streamed home on House of Mouse’s streamer, Disney+. However, from the end of August this year, the hit movie mysteriously disappeared from the service entirely. In what was admittedly a bit of a cheeky move by the company to get more people in the seats for the theatrical re-release, Disney had pulled the film from the service until the re-release was out of theaters. Luckily, Avatar has since returned to Disney+ and is now available to stream on the platform again.
Currently, the service costs $7.99 USD per month or $79.99 per year, after a recent price increase, and now has ads. Another premium tier is available without ads for $10.99 USD per month or $120.99 USD per year. Alternatively, if you want Hulu and ESPN+ in addition to Disney+, the Disney package is a potential option, costing $13.99 USD per month for the Hulu ad-supported tier and $19.99 USD per month for the ad-free tier.
What is the plot of Avatar?
That is, of course, the very likely possibility ahead The way of the waters release, some people out there have never experienced Avatar yet, and its return to Disney+ may mark the first time they see it. If that’s the case for you, here’s a brief and completely spoiler-free recap of one of the greatest science fiction stories of all time.
Set in the year 2154, Avatar is the story of Jake Sully, a disabled veteran who recently lost his twin brother, Tom. Jake is contacted by the twins’ employers, the Resource Development Administration, or RDA for short, and they offer Jake a truly unique opportunity. RDA is currently digging on the planet Pandora; a hostile jungle environment that is home to an intelligent race of aliens known as the Na’vi. In an attempt to form a peaceful bond with the Na’vi, the RDA creates the Avatar Program, an initiative that creates clones mixed with human and Na’vi DNA where a human can transfer their consciousness to the being. Tom was one of those scientists/Avatar pilots, and since Jake’s physiology is almost identical to his twin brother, he is the only viable candidate to take his place.
When Jake arrives on Pandora, he meets the Avatar science team led by Dr. Grace Augustine (Sigourney Weaver), who immediately dislikes Jake since he is not the scientific mind that his brother was. Jake also meets Quaritch (Stephen Lang); the head of the RDA’s extensive security force, who offers Jake the opportunity to cover the expensive procedure that would allow him to leave permanently as long as he acts as a spy for him. Jake immediately likes being an Avatar and is eventually introduced to the Na’vi through Neytiri, the daughter of the local tribe’s chieftain. With the help of Neytiri, Jake learns the way of the Na’vi and begins the process of being accepted into the tribe.
Jake eventually finds himself at a difficult crossroads. Is he helping the RDA with espionage so they can harvest the planet, or will he stand against humanity and help the Na’vi protect their home?