The Last Airbender (Single Disc Blu-Ray Edition)
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The positive remarks on this film is that the effects were decent at best. However the bending was ruined with the way M. Night Shyamalan portrayed it. The story plot felt sped up, moving the Protagonist and his companions across the world but does not explain half of the reasons how or why they were in certain areas.
The only character that showed a slight decent representation was Zuko. I admit if one who is not aware or has watched the TV series would have enjoyed the film at best, but it should have more effort put into it.
In conclusion I feel this movie was a poor addition to M. Night Shyamalan's film repertoire.
The acting is terrible. Really terrible. There's many parts where I had to pause the movie and just say to myself, 'Really?'. There's a moment where Katara says, 'Aang, we have to go.' Which, first off was obvious and didn't need to be stated but secondly her delivery was just so stiff and it didn't have any of the urgency that would have made it a semi-tolerable line.
As previously mentioned the writing is very iffy.
There's really no character development through the entire movie. They try to get in Aang overcoming his guilt, but Aang never actually does. He just has the problem, then he doesn't anymore by the time the movie is over. There's no real character progression to that point. You don't see his journey, you don't see him actually go through the process. It's just he has the problem, he's told he has the problem. Then he just kind of decides that it's over and bam it's over.
The special effects are okay, but they're so slow that it's just tedious and there's not much of it so as a mindless action movie it's a not good either.
The worst part is that the bending is so slow. In the series [yeah I know, comparing] it's so quick and it's amazing to watch. The battles flow naturally. In this movie the bending is so slow that it's ridiculous, I could walk up and slap the characters before they even get their bending really going. So even for an action movie it's bad.
I'd go on and on about how many inaccuracies and how much butchering of the series this movie does... but it's all been said before and any fan that's seen this movie already knows what's wrong with it. A lot.
Don't let curiosity get you to watch this, you will just end up angry and annoyed.
This is one of the last category.
I might have been able to still enjoy "The Last Airbender" if it had merely had special effects, a horrible script and actors with the charisma of a plank. But director M. Night Shyamalan gets EVERYTHING ELSE wrong too, from the character motivations to bending.
Southern Water Tribe girl Katara and her brother Sokka stumble across a glowing glacier, and find a young Airbender boy inside. Since all the other Airbenders are dead, Katara figures out that Aang is the Avatar -- the master of all four elements, and the only person in the world who can defeat the powerful Fire Nation.
However, the Fire Nation has already found him, in the form of the disgraced Prince Zuko (Dev Patel). Aang, Sokka and Katara set out on a perilous voyage to the North Pole to find a waterbending master. But the malevolent Admiral Zhao -- Zuko's nemesis -- is approaching the North Pole with the Fire Nation navy, with a plan that may destroy them all.
M. Night Shyamalan had a golden opportunity with "The Last Airbender" -- the original cartoon was intelligent, funny, complex and filled with brilliant martial-arts and strong philosophical overtones. So instead he decided to make a movie with NONE of that -- a witless, humorless, simplistic stumbling behemoth of a film.
The culture, the characters, the climactic battle, the bending, the acting, the action sequences, and even the pronunciation of the names... EVERYTHING IS WRONG. WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. But if I listed everything wrong with the movie, this review would be the size of a novel.Read more ›
The special effects were sub-par as well. The CG was low quality at best and completely fake looking at worst. The action used tried old Matrix slow down effects to "enhance" the look of the characters. The only reason they did this was to hide the shoddy choreography. Overall this isn't something you'd see in a full budget Hollywood movie but more like a straight to TV children's special.
This truly was a travesty of an amazing series and M. Night should feel ashamed for releasing something that will undoubtedly shatter hopes of a good live action version of this show ever being done. You should boycott this movie and go buy the original series if you haven't seen it because it is excellent as kid's shows go. I'd probably give it 1/4 of a star if I could because it's not even worthy of the minimum 20%.
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i loved the way they made this cartoon character really come to life. the visual effect and astounding and i can't wait for the next movie to come out .Published on March 6 2013 by Rosemary Gale
J'ai vue la série complète de Avatar en dessin animé (qui est en passant excellant) et je trouve cette version très bien faite. Read morePublished on Dec 31 2012 by Cathie Miousse
The problem I have with this Movie is not that they changed the pronunciation or appearance of characters. Read morePublished on March 31 2011 by C. Kokura
I had seen a couple of episodes before watching the movie, and now I'm watching through the whole series on Netflix. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2011 by Amazon Customer
I am a huge fan of the TV series and I can not wait for the next series to come out.
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