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The Last Airbender (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)
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So, last Friday I ended up renting the movie and watching it. I then started watching the series online (check Hulu, though it might not be up any more), and managed see all 61 episodes of the series over the course of four days. This has put me in the unique position of being able to review this movie BOTH as someone who doesn't know anything about the anime series, AND as someone who is (now) a fan of the anime series.
First, as someone who knew nothing about the show:
In a nutshell, I found the movie to be dull, annoying, annoyingly stupid, and pointless. I couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. For a fantasy world, complete with magical powers and diverse peoples, a hundred year war, and an adventurous quest to avert the apocalypse, the story was amazingly boring. AND it managed to be simple and confusing at the same time, which is an achievement I didn't know was possible. It's simple, in that it's a standard good guy vs. bad guy storyline, and complicated in that how this world works isn't explained very well and random stuff keeps happening with no explanation.Read more ›
1. The names of key characters were changed: This wasn't a big deal in comparison to everything else, but it gave viewers Shyamalan's focus right in the beginning. Shyamalan wanted to make the movie his own and was willing to spend time to make changes on already perfect aspects of the show instead of focusing on ways that he could have better adapted the show to the big screen. Changes in movie adaptations are necessary, yet Shyamalan diverged to far from the show.
2. Eliminated the personalities of side characters. i.e. Sokka had only two very poor jokes in the movie despite being comedic relief in the TV show, Iroh was no longer heavyset and easygoing in day-to-day life.
3. Alienated the personalities of key characters: Aang was no longer a happy kid. Did he ever smile in the entire movie?
4. Destroyed key movie moments: In the Blue Spirit scene, Shyamalan did an excellent job until the end. Aang saved Zuko by pulling him into the forest. Then Shyamalan should Aang stare at him and leave. In the TV series, on the other hand, there was meaningful dialogue in which Aang questioned the purpose of their fighting and even asserted that they could have been friends without the war. The moment created serious reflection in both characters and was crucial to their development in the TV series. Shyamalan passed on the great half a minute opportunity.
5. Lack of Kyoshi Warriors: It is understandable in a movie, but the Kyoshi Warriors are important in later seasons. Furthermore, they demonstrate great examples of feminism. This balance was crucial in the TV series; the Kyoshi Warriors showed women can perform better in typically male roles.
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He wanted to see it in 3D, so I thought, sure, might as well. The 3D cost 4 extra bucks, but after the movie was over, I felt totally ripped off. The movie previews that came before the actual Airbender movie itself had more 3D in them than the danged movie! There were a few moments where the 3D effects popped out, but overall, if you watch this in 2D, you're not really missing out on anything here.
I don't know what M. Night Shymalan was thinking when he directed this. Now, it would have been IMPOSSIBLE to get all of the cool stuff in Season 1 into this movie, but what the people responsible for this atrocity did was disgraceful. There was so much cut out. Many beloved characters - the Kyoshian Warriors, Jet, Bato, Jeong Jeong, Haru, Avatar Roku, King Bumi, Madame Wu, the pirates, the list goes on... none of them made a single appearance. Many things were simply smushed together - for example, Haru's village and the Kyoshi Village have apparently been mushed together as one - but there's no Haru or Kyoshian Warriors (the only thing we see is a old stone statue of Avatar Kyoshi) All the cutting out of vital elements of the story was really unneccessary as this movie was barely one and a half hours. Titanic was twice that long, and this movie could have done at least two hours easy. Why such a short film? Only God knows why. Maybe M. Night or the producers got bored and decided to just cut out as much as he thought he could get away with.
Of course, you CAN'T fit twenty episodes into one movie. We all know that.Read more ›
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As a fan of the TV series, I had high expectations for this movie. . . and somehow this movie managed to underperform for every one of them. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Art W.
I loved this movie. If you have done any spiritual work or energy work in your life, then this movie gives the viewer a few important and hidden clues to the primal energies and... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Michael J. Rhodes, Award-Winning Author of The Freedom Code
How does M.Night shamalamadingdong make movies? this is horrible.... You have an amazing cartoon to go by.... and this is what you make???Published 10 days ago by Hamz
Noah Ringer as Aang was a good fit. Katara and Sokka were suppose to be Inuits, but looked nothing like lightly tanned skinned Eskimos, which might have been forgivable, if their... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Anne S
The hardest thing for me to get used to when I first started to watch this movie is some of the differences in appearance such as many characters from the fire nation having short... Read morePublished 15 days ago by ln
Even know people say bad things about this movie, still had to get a copy.Published 16 days ago by dustin
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|please stop all this hate toward the last airbender movie!!!||
You guys can enjoy this movie if you want. I went to the theaters with my group of friends, all of us fans of the TV show, and we were horribly disappointed. You can claim that we didn't like it only because it wasn't exactly like the TV show if it makes you feel better, but the truth of the... Read More
Nov 4, 2010 by Dawn Avery | See all 61 posts
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It seems the price for TLA will go down, as it is not selling so well, unfortunately. I'm sorry more people didn't get this film, i don't think there will be a sequel now...
Nov 20, 2010 by Ali | See all 4 posts
|Worst movie ever||
Nah, I think this one beat out CotT; this one took what was a hysterically funny and always engaging series and flushed everything that made it so down the toilet.
Nov 21, 2010 by John Green, NCGBT | See all 4 posts
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Why do you say there won't be a sequel? The whole point was to franchise the films based upon the series, which requires a trilogy. And MNS has already spoken about his plans for it.
Nov 21, 2010 by John Green, NCGBT | See all 12 posts
|Watching the cartoon right now...||
Well, I like both the movie and the TV show. And the style is Anime Inspired. The creators obviously wanted to share the art style and the culture behind it. Which was mixed with other elements that they like, along with american influences. It even had Dragon Ball Z references. Which, if you've... Read More
Dec 11, 2010 by Vivian Rose | See all 2 posts
|good real-life film about wish powers||Be the first to reply|