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The Last Airbender (2010)

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The Last Airbender

  • Dec 14, 2010
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I have one word respect. None of which is in M. Night Shamalayn's The Last Airbender. Not only does it not give respect towards the original work but there is no respect between the characters in the picture. Watching Airbender made me so nauseous that I felt like throwing up my popcorn. And believe me, it's that bad.

The Last Airbender is the culmination of season 1, dubbed Book 1, of the hit nickelodeon series Avatar: the Last Airbender. Sadly because of the super hit James Cameron's "Avatar" the movie was unable to use that in its title to avoid a lawsuit. In fact it seems most of this movie consists of avoiding lawsuits...on the same people who are producing your movie. Not only do they mispronounce the word "avatar" but they even mispronounce the main characters name! Aang instead of being pronounced correctly it is pronounced "Ang". Not only is this extremely aggravating especially be the near end of the film but it's the fact that the actor who plays him, Noah Ringer, not only has seen the show unlike his costars and director but goes on like he didn't notice.

These mispronunciations make me question Shamalayn's mastery of the English language. Or in Last Airbender's case the Chinese language as the culture is the centerpiece of the original series. In fact any sense of good writing is non existent in this entire movie. There is no character development, no sense of a liner story, as the show is known for, instead we get a voice over of Katara, played by forgetful actress Nicola Peltz whose only other significant credit is Deck the Halls...yeah, that's how I felt. Shamalayn plainly takes key elements from the first season and removes them entirely. For example the Omashu sequence is completely removed which could have taken a little more than 20 minutes. Given this movie is only an hour and 45 minutes that seems simple enough.

When working with child actors, as you have in The Last Airbender, you need to have a good director to direct them...Shamalayn is not that guy. In fact I don't think he really knows what good acting is as most of his previous films, minus Signs, his actors have been said to be at their worst performances in their careers. Even though Ringer tries inevitably the hardest to act like his cartoon counterpart he falls short. In fact the only character that was decent was fan favorite Iroh, incorrectly pronounced e-roh, played by Shaun Toub. And it turns out the only person who can actually fire-bend as they do in the show. Idiots!

To be frank The Last Airbender is hopfully the last we see of it. If not there will be protests from all fans alike and Shamalayn will be hurt. It's a movie that will forever be the movie that could have been great but sadly it brought me to the point where I wanted to walk out of the theater if it was not for the fact that the theater was packed.

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December 14, 2010
Ha, ouch!  Well, something tells me that you'll really appreciate this M Night Shyamalan drinking game created by @jbeswick ;)  Thanks for sharing this great review, K!
 
December 14, 2010
I COMPLETELY agree with you on all accounts! Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) was the worst of them all as far as horrible acting. My fiance and I were so disappointed, we renamed it The Whack Airbender!
December 15, 2010
ha ha ha funny if you like it please nominate it for best movie review :D
 
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review by . July 02, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Indifferent Storytelling and Clumsy Direction Makes This Film Rather Dull!
I have always said that like him or not, M. Night Shymalan makes an effort to try to be original. Yes he does, but lately, it can be said that he is experiencing a sort of a creative slump, that his latest movies have become more of a miss than a hit. The last movie that I really liked from him was “Unbreakable” and that has been such a long time ago. People then began to become disappointed with Shymalan‘s “The Village” and his recent film “The Happening” …
review by . January 22, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
* out of ****     As if "Lady in the Water" and "The Happening" weren't enough to concern us of director M. Night Shyamalan's current mental state, "The Last Airbender" essentially confirms that the man we once loved has officially gone mad. This is the man's first revoltingly unwatchable feature; merged with that now complete feeling of pretentiousness that's been building up faster and faster as Shyamalan's movies have been getting lamer and lamer. I mean, at least "The Happening" …
review by . December 16, 2010
As a great fan of the original animated series, of course I had high expectations for this movie. And it was agonizing.      There are so many problems in this movie that I don't even know how to begin. Let's start with the most obvious. Oh, wait I still don't know what the most obvious is. But well, the first problem that really began to disturb me are the fights. If you've seen the original cartoon you know how awesome the fights are. They are exciting and …
review by . July 21, 2010
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review by . December 05, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Pros: The opening element montage is directly out of the show     Cons: The humor and rounded characters were left back in the show     The Bottom Line: It's a great late-night movie after a bad day at work.     Zuko: "That... Wasn't a good play."   Aang: "I'll say."   Katara: "No kidding."   Suki: "Horrible."   Toph: "You said it."   Sokka: "But the effects were decent."   Avatar: …
review by . July 01, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Ever since seeing "The Sixth Sense," my nature has been to resist the films of M. Night Shyamalan. I have to admit that now. I'm aware of his technical skills and his ability to build tension, and yet something within me finds his work profoundly unappealing. I go in with an open mind, but then, minute by minute, it seems as if he's purposely trying to push me away with his unreasonably slow pacing, his amateurish dialogue, his bizarre character development, his ill-fitting sense of humor, and in …
review by . July 06, 2010
The Last Airbender? Could be Possible
The Last airbender is a live action adaptation on a nickelodeon tv show Avatar: The last Airbender. Now the show was devided into three seasons and this film adaptaion was directed by the sixth sense director M. Night Shyamalan. Now i have to say i did like the movie but i can see why other people did not. For those who watched the cartoon the end of season 1 with the water nation vs the fire nation battle was one of the biggest events in the series but i thought the friendship between Sokka …
review by . July 15, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
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review by . August 30, 2010
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review by . December 01, 2010
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The Last Airbender is an action-adventure fantasy film released on July 2, 2010. It is a live-action film adaptation  based on the first season  of the animated television series, Avatar: The Last Airbender. The first of a planned trilogy, it will be produced by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. The series, influenced by Asian art, mythology and various martial arts fighting styles, was created by Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko, and was adapted by M. Night Shyamalan, who will also direct and produce the film along with Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Sam Mercer and Scott Aversano. Filming began in mid-March 2009; the movie is scheduled to be released on July 2, 2010 in both traditional two-dimensional projectors, as well as in 3D.


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Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Paramount

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