For three whole hours, Avatar: The Way of Water evokes Important Issues — imperialism, colonialism, racism, sexism, ransacking the environment for commodifiable resources — in the silliest, shallowest way possible.
This review is a tad savage, a real mauling, but no doubt it is correct. For me, since I enjoy Hollywood shlock (sometimes) I will watch when it reaches streaming on the net, and after the price starts down. We reviewed the Star Wars legacy in similar terms: visual effects start to override basic issues of plot, dialogue and a kind of lazy confidence second rate art will make big bucks. Your move.
Source: You Don’t Have to Suffer Through Avatar: The Way of Water. Just Don’t.