I’m quite a fan of the show Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I was actually looking really forward to the movie version. Even with M. Night Shymalan directing it. So I got a chance to see it today. And you know what? It’s bad. Really really bad.
The basic plot of the film is that the four nations of Earth, Water, Fire and Air are all ruled by the Fire Nation. Later two characters named Soka and Katara find a boy frozen in a large iceberg, named Aang, who turns out to be the Avatar, who is meant to master all four elements in order to defeat the Fire Lord. Meanwhile, the fire lord’s son, Zuko, is trying to capture the Avatar in order to regain his honor. Or something like that.
Not normally I don’t review movies based off other material on how well they compare to the source material, but I feel I have to make an exception with this one. This film was rushed. They basically took episodes from the first season and either shortened them and rushed to the next scene or didn’t use them at all. And I know some people are gonna give me shit for basing this review on how it compares to the show, but at least the show had story arc, character development, and actual entertainment.
We don’t know anything about these characters. Everything is moved from one scene after another. We don’t get time to stop and let these people breathe or give us a reason to care about them.
Every action scene in this movie was anti climatic. It’s just one big cock-tease after another, where you think something really badass like what was in the actual cartoon and it just fucks it up. That or they are poorly shot and have terrible CGI.
And I know this is really weird to talk about, but what was up with how they pronounced names in this damn movie? Since when is Aang sound like “Ung”? Since when does Soka sound like “Suka”? That just annoyed me the whole time.
There are several other things that I could point out, but I think you already got the idea. The Last Airbender is a waste of time, and if you wanna see it so badly, you can just buy the cartoon seasons on DVD instead. This is another perfect example why M. Night Shymalan needs to stop making movies because it’s just embarrassing.
I give this movie a 3/10.