In several interviews, James Cameron said he’s particularly proud of a scene from Avatar 2 — even though there was a similar moment in the horror hit A Quiet Place just a few years earlier.
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When it comes to the final battle of Avatar 2: The Way Of Water, Metkayina leader Ronal (Kate Winslet) also takes to their guns to fight. She brusquely dismisses her husband Tonowari’s (Cliff Curtis) objection that she might be better off staying at home. Although she is heavily pregnant, she knows that she will defend her homeland.
The scene has been compared several times to the finale of “A Quiet Place”, in which Evelyn, played by Emily Blunt, is first heavily pregnant, then even gives birth to her child, and yet grabs the gun immediately after birth. grab hers Facing family-threatening monsters.
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According to Cameron, the parallels are purely coincidental. The scene was written seven years earlier: “I already had the idea. I don’t want to take credit for being the first or anything, but I love it because we never see that in movies.”the director tells Time Magazine why he loves this moment in both his film and John Krasinki’s horror hit.
In general, Cameron makes it clear that portraying pregnant women was important to him – in addition to Ronal, we also see a pregnant Neytiri (Zoe Saldana) on the hunt at the beginning of the film. “Pregnancy is too often portrayed as a disease or condition when it is a natural part of life.” In the past, women were allowed to give birth and had to defend themselves ten seconds later against a saber-toothed tiger with a spear.
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In a conversation hosted by Variety with fellow director Robert Rodriguez, Cameron explained at length how important this portrayal was to him. For him, it’s the pinnacle of “female empowerment”, and also a standout from the superhero movies that are so popular right now:
“Pregnant women are more capable of being athletic than we culturally accept. I thought, ‘Let’s break these boundaries.’ For me it was the last stronghold you can’t see. Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel – all of these amazing women have recently gotten movies. But they are not mothers and they are not pregnant while fighting evil.”
Mothers – a classic James Cameron theme
Well before Avatar 2: The Way Of Water, James Cameron used strong mothers in his films – also inspired by his own mother, who served in a Canadian army corps and drove car races. Of course, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in the “Terminator” series and Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in the “Alien” movies are particularly legendary – especially in the second installments of the respective movie franchise.
There, both Sarah Connor and Ellen Ripley outdo themselves to protect their biological son or a found girl – in the case of “Aliens”, this even culminates in a giant fight between two mothers. Finally, on the other side is an alien queen furious after losing her children…
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