Avatar: The Way of Water at VUE Printworks

Tom Grieve, Cinema Editor

Avatar: The Way of the Water at Vue Manchester Printworks, Manchester, 16 December 2022–12 January 2023, from £12.99 - Book now

If history has taught us anything, it’s that we should never doubt James Cameron. Not even for a second. The film director behind The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day and Titanic knows how to make a blockbuster. In 2009 he released Avatar, breaking his own box office records, and ushering in an era of 3D cinema which couldn’t live up to the lush, fantastical world he conjured for his Na’vi.

Commentators and critics have noted Avatar’s narrative deficiencies; it’s cribbing from the tales of Pocahontas and other stories. They questioned its staying power, mocked “Unobtanium”, and even the film’s use of ‘Papyrus’ for its title font.. But, there can be no doubt that thirteen years – and countless, repetitive Marvel movies – on, Avatar remains a sumptuous sensory experience, a personal, idiosyncratic vision direct from the id of one of cinema’s premier technicians.

So, we’re genuinely thrilled to see that Cameron is back, with Avatar: The Way of Water set to hit big screens across the world this December. The film reunites us with Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) and Neytiri (Zoe Saldana), now living as a family, as they prepare to defend the planet of Pandora against a familiar foe.

Promising spectacular underwater action, otherworldly colour and white-knuckle aerial combat sequences, there is every chance that this is one of the big screen events of the year. With Vue Printworks boasting the biggest screen in the city, we recommend putting your trust in Jim and booking yourself an IMAX ticket.

Avatar: The Way of the Water at Vue Manchester Printworks, Manchester

16 December 2022–12 January 2023
From £12.99