From the depths of the sea to the heights of the stars, James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water is a visually stunning journey that captivates audiences with its ambitious and breathtaking visuals. Starring Kate Winslet, the film follows her character as she embarks on an underwater journey of discovery and catharsis. Cameron recently revealed that while the underwater scenes were technically challenging, they became a cathartic point for both himself and Winslet. Together they explored the depths of the ocean and discovered a mutual love of water, creating some of the most visually stunning scenes ever seen on the big screen. With its groundbreaking CGI effects and Winslet’s dedication to the role, Avatar: The Way of Water is an ambitious and must-see cinematic experience.
James Cameron is known for his eternal love of the ocean and the frequent use of the sea in his films. Avatar: The Way of Water is no exception and takes underwater scenes to a new level, creating even more ambitious and stunning visual experiences. Kate Winslet, in particular, participated in many underwater scenes for the film, and the actress is known for holding her breath underwater for seven minutes during the filming of the film. Cameron recently revealed that while these scenes were technically challenging, they became a cathartic point for both of them.
In a recent interview with E B the director talks about making the film, which took 13 years to make. Discussing the parts of Avatar 2 that were shot underwater with Winslet, he noted how enriching their collaboration was. He also talked about how their mutual love of water led to cathartic scenes. Cameron elaborated:
I felt there was a need for this from a therapeutic point of view. We both needed catharsis. In fact, she was very passionate about it because she treated it as something physical that she could cling to. First of all, she loves water. Her husband is into board sports and kitesurfing and all that, so she’s very, very comfortable in the water. In fact, she saw it as a way to prepare for her character, because Kate prepares both metaphorically and physically deeply. So that’s exactly what she’s addicted to. But the most interesting thing was that her children said: “Mom, don’t be stupid. Make an avatar.
It seems that both Winslet and Cameron had similar goals for their scenes in the film, which really helped the filmmaking process. The underwater scenes in Avatar: The Way of Water are simply amazing, so the process of creating them was definitely efficient. The CGI combined with the aquatic environment looks incredible on the big screen and you can tell that all the actors, including Winslet, were incredibly eager to make the film as perfect as possible.
The success of Winslet’s scenes in the film is likely due to the mutual trust she shares with Cameron. The two previously worked together on Titanic, and the water scenes in this film are also unusual. Cameron had to go through a lot for her actors while filming this movie, so Winslet clearly knew what she was getting into. Cameron claims that he is now a more pleasant and relaxed director, so perhaps this process was not so intense. However, the collaboration is iconic and they obviously work well together as they have made two incredible films.
Like Titanic, Avatar: The Waterway is not only a cinematic achievement, but also a financial one. The film’s sequel is likely to cross $2 billion at the box office, surpassing all expectations. This likely means that the planned sequels will get the green light, so we’ll have more Avatar movies in the future. Details for Avatar 3 have yet to be released, but Cameron’s love of the sea will likely still be an influence, so here’s hoping there are even more amazing underwater episodes to come.
“Avatar: The Way of Water” is currently exclusive to theaters nationwide. Fans of the film series can also check out the original 2009 Avatar, now streaming with a Disney+ subscription. For more information on other movies hitting theaters and airing in the near future, be sure to check out our 2023 movie release schedule.