I don’t have the words to describe this movie. Actually, I do. And those words are:
What. The. Hell.
When I first heard that they were going to make a live action movie of Avatar: the Last Airbender I was excited.
The movie is a live action version of a cartoon show on Nickelodeon, Avatar: the Last Airbender. It’s about four nations: the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation and the Air Nomads once lived in peace and harmony. Each nation could control an element from their home land and they are called Benders. But there is one who can control all four elements and he is called the Avatar. It is the Avatar’s responsibility to keep the peace in all four kingdoms. One day the Avatar disappears and the Fire Nation decides to strike and start a war. For a hundred years the other nations lived in fear under the rule of the Fire Nation until one day the Avatar finally returned to set things right.
I’m a big fan of the show and I expected nothing but greatness. But then I heard that M. Night Shayamalan was going to direct the movie. The warning bells in my head were so loud I almost went deaf. Although Shayamalan did a great job on “The Sixth Sense” and “Unbreakable”, his last few films like “The Village”, “Lady in the Water”, and “The Happening” did terrible from what I heard.
A few months before the movie I saw the official trailer for it and I loved it. There was a lot good fighting scenes and seeing it gave me a glimmer of hope that maybe, just maybe, Shayamalan did something right.
As me and my friend sat in the theater with our 3D glasses on, we expected an hour and forty three minutes of sheer awesomeness.
Unfortunately, it never came.
They were so many things wrong with this film.
For starters, the 3D sucked. The only time it was in 3D was in the beginning and at the end. At first I thought there was something wrong with my glasses but everyone else was having the same problem with their glasses too. I should have seen this in 2D
Then there’s there characters. In the show the characters are suppose to be of Asian decent but everyone is a mixed from Indian to Caucasian. I guess I could understand them trying to tweak with the characters a bit. In fact, it sometimes helps and makes it even better. However, it didn’t work for this film and only made things worse and piss off the fans. They should have at least tried in some way to have the characters look a little like the characters from the show. I mean, Aang, Katara and Sokka looked like the cartoon counter parts but Iroh was a short, chubby Asian guy. Zuko’s scar was bigger. You could barely see it in the film. My friend thought he was wearing make up to “hide” the scar.
Also they lacked a few characters. Suki and the Kyoshi warriors. I was sad they weren’t in the movie because I’m a big fan of the Kyoshi warriors. Jet. Avatar Roku. When Aang visited the Spirit World Roku wasn’t there, just the dragon. They didn’t even showed King Bumi.
There was also the fight scenes. The martial arts scenes were awesome there was no denying that. My biggest problem was the hand and leg movements. In the show Benders would do a quick hand or leg movement and then bend their element. In the film there was too much of it. I imaged myself as one of the Fire Nation and how easily it could have been to shoot them with a fireball while their doing this. Hell, I could have easily kicked that Aang kid in the head and knock him out.
When the movie ended me and my friend got the hell out of there.
We talked about how the story just dragged on and on. My friend fell asleep halfway through the movie. I could hear him snoring. Falling asleep during a movie is never a good sign.
If by some miracle they do decide to make another Airbender movie I would still go see it out of respect for the show and only, and I do mean “only”, if M. Night Shayamalan isn’t directing it.