Was the Extra Hour Needed in “Avatar: The Way of Water”? 

By Zoey G. 

What the people expected:

Many people suspected that because the original Avatar was 2 hours and 42 minutes long, the sequel would be just as long and possibly longer. Something nobody expected was that it would be as long as it turned out to be. According to Statista, the average length of movies in 2021 was 2 hours and 10 minutes. The first Avatar is already 32 minutes past the average in 2021, and the first Avatar was released on December 18, 2009, according to the Avatar franchise on Wikipedia. 

Fans and Reports:

In “Avatar: The Way of Water,” many fans complained that the movie was too long. The new avatar movie is three hours long, and some clips are excessive. The Independent media from the UK reported that there was a rumor going around social media that “Avatar: The Way of Water” was longer than the original Avatar movie. People agreed on one thing about the film; it was way too long. 

What could have been cut:

There was a whole middle section of the movie that could have been cut. The beginning, middle, and end of the movie were each around 1 hour and 4 minutes long. It is crazy to think that one section of Avatar was that long because that is half the length of regular movies. As stated by one viewer, “The middle section of the movie lasted too long. I actually got bored.” Usually, movies leave you craving for more or wishing for the character to come back in some shape, way, or form. But in Avatar, the audience seemed to have gotten too much of these characters in one sitting. 

Advice for the Avatar franchise:

In the future, the Avatar franchise should keep a few key points in mind, during the filming and production of future Avatar movies (such as 3, 4, and 5). 

  1. Keep the viewers hooked and wanting more. Don’t go overboard with the storyline.
  2. Generally that the longer the movie is, the more boring it gets. 
  3. People do not have time for a three-hour-long movie in their lives.
  4. Keep the rising action at a modest pace so viewers don’t end up bored at the end and do not want to watch future movies.