The story follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations.
After waiting 147 days until the midnight showing of The Last Airbender we finally saw the movie and it left us with nothing but disgust. Being a huge fan of the Nickelodean show and seeing the movie was the biggest disappointment for me. To make this simple, I noticed more negative things about the movie than positive which is a shame.
The Good: The martial arts in the movie was what made the movie at least somewhat good, and somewhat enjoyable. Now if you know the show well then you know that it doesn't take five minutes of martial arts to bend a gust of wind. Also, it made me a little upset that the director, M. Night Shyamalan, decided to have the fire benders bend from a source of fire rather than just being able to bend fire which is kind of the point. Again, I enjoyed the martial arts, but there are a few things I would change.
The Bad: Besides from the martial arts, The Bad resembles basically the entire movie. The movie was completely rushed which was the biggest downfall. For fans and fanatics out there that enjoy the show as much as I do I'm sure none of us would mind a 2 1/2 hour movie based on Avatar; for the M. Night Shyamalan to make the movie only 103 minutes long was completely unnecessary for an entire season. Another complaint focuses on the script where it didn't sound professional at all. I understand that it is difficult to write an entire movie based on everything that happens in the season, but these are professionals and they should be able to decide what to take out and what to keep in that still follows the storyline of the Nickelodean show; way too much was left out for this movie to follow, let alone to make any sense. I was disappointed that the actors didn't match their characters in the show. For instance, Sokka was too stiff and didn't possess any humor like the one in the show, or, Aang was too serious for a twelve year old kid. They sounded too scripted and none of the actors developed any change throughout the movie that made them interesting to watch. The actors themselves do have potential and I believe they can succeed with the parts they were given. It just seemed as if they didn't spend much time learning their character and the fact that they were not directed well enough. They do have potential and I hope to see them do better in the next movies. For M. Night Shymalan himself, I do not feel he fits the part for directing this movie. He obviously didn't do his research from the show because it honestly seemed like someone who watched the show sat down with Shyamalan and told him "to take notes". I don't have much to say for this director, but out of respect, I'd like him gone and I'd like a director who knows how to make a movie based on one of the greatest shows. I refuse to watch another The Last Airbender movie if I see his name again.
As a big, big fan of the show, I would not suggest this movie to any fans who haven't already seen this. It's not worth the time and money. For those that have seen this movie already, lets just hope that the upcoming Airbender movies are longer, better, make more sense, have better acting and better scripts, have more martial arts, and more of everything all of us expected this previous movie to have.
I must say that if you're an Avatar fan you have 2 choices. Either don't go an see it or go see it and understand that you will walkout upset and wondering who in the hell is Ong. Why make this movie so short is beyond me. How can a film maker with so much talent and resources screw this movie up. Is there anything wrong with having an action movie with a little comedy? If you base it on the Tv show then be true to the show. Don't change crucial parts and characters that will alienate the fans that made the TV show so popular. Whether or not the pronunciation of the names where wrong from the TV show doesn't matter, these are the names that our kids know, love, and recognize. My son was absolutely confused if that was Aang or not. Then after a while of not hearing his favorite characters name he just became disinterested in the movie completely. And he LOVES the TV show. The TV show had comedy, honor, love, drama, suspense, tragedy, romance, heartbreak, action, and betrayal. The only thing this movie had was betrayal to the true fans and the Avatar. I do hope that Book 2: Earth is made. But I hope that the filmmaker will learn from this and make a better movie for the true fans. They deserve it for supporting the TV show over the years.
being a huge avatar fan I was seriously upset when I left the theater. Because the movie just wasn't like the show at all. First off the movie's pace was a disgrace to the humankind. In the movie 70% of the movie was at the north pole. When in the show only 3 out of 20 episodes were at the north pole. Another piss off was that the kyoshi warriors were left out u cant do that. Later in the plot suki their leader plays a big role. Also why would shamylan change the names of the characters that is just dumb all u will acomplish doing that is piss of ur fans. And the way Ong and katara got the waterbending scroll was nowhere near close to how they really got it in the show and they cut out some very important parts of season 1 like The Northern Air Temple, The Warriors of Kyoshi, Jet, and The Winter Solstice Part 1 and 2. Another major problem with the movie was at the end how Ong gets rid of the fire nation in the show he becomes a giant coy fish made of water and wipes out all of the fleet, but in the movie all he does is create a big wave and to make it worse he doesn't even drop the wave on the fire nation he just holds it up there and waits for them to run away. My last problem was how Zhao died he was drowned in like 10 seconds by 4 waterbenders when in the show Aang the giant coy fish graps him while he is fighting zuko who should not be played by Dev Patel. The only change they made that I think was good was how instead of half year away sozin's comet was three years away and I think they did that so that the actors could age. Over all the movie standing alone was OK, but based on the show the movie was horrible.
avatar the last air bender was a bad movie i went with my family to see the 4:20 show on the first day if you ar planning to see this movie dont if youve watched the series
the movie makes appa look like an ugly peice of sh it also momo i couldnt follow the movie at all.
in conclusion i give the movie a 2/5 raiting.
Hello readers, I went with a group of friends to see this movie during the midnight release. Going into it, I had low expectations because everyone knows that most movies based on a TV show suck horribly. Well first of all when we showed up at the movies, we saw a line so we decided to stand in it. About 5 minutes passed and my one friend noticed everyone else in the line was a little girl... WE WERE IN THE TWILIGHT LINE! We ran thinking we were at the wrong theater. But no, there just wasn't a line for "The Last Airbender", guess we were the only dedicated fans in our area. Anyway, we were there kind of early so we were just sitting there watching boring previews, it was then that I fell asleep... luckily I was woken up before the movie started and I was ready for crap to hit the fan, but to my surprise it was the exact opposite.
The movie started and about 5 minutes in, my heart dropped, they rushed through a bunch of stuff in the beginning, and name's were mispronounced, but later I learned that Shyamalan changed the pronunciation of the names to match how they would actually be said, I know that that's no excuse but NAMES SHOULDN'T RUIN A MOVIE FOR YOU anyway. And although the beginning was stuck in "fast forward" for a couple of minutes, it did introduce the 3 main characters nicely and get on with the story. After that the movie slowed it's pace and continued to impress me. For one the character development was extremely good, it let anyone who hadn't watched the show understand the character's place in the movie. Another plus to this movie is that it does not miss a single important event from the show. Honestly if you want to watch the first season of Avatar in about an hour and a half to two hours, this movie is the best your getting from Hollywood. It would be hard for them to make a better representation of the show. And to make it even better, it ends right on a cliff hanger, they make you want more. The only problem that I had, was that some of the motions to do the bending were too long and ridiculous. There was this one scene where there were about 5 earth benders all dancing around like crazy and then a single boulder lifted off the ground... and someone else punched it. Whereas sometimes there's one swift motion and a wall of earth rises. So some of it fits nicely, some of it is just retarded. The other thing that kind of disappointed me was that there was nothing 3-D in it, if you pay for 3-D your getting nothing different. And one complaint that everyone seems to have is the fire benders needing a fire near to use, yes Shyamalan changed it, but for a good reason, when Iroh makes his own fire and the other fire benders freak out, it shows how much more powerful Iroh really is than all the others, it also added more reason for Sozin's Comet, so it's really not that bad.
Bottom line, this is one of the few movies that actually follow the original story line and it's one of the few movies based on a TV show that's good. The reason people don't like it so much is that they went in wanting to hate it, you need to watch this adaptation with an open mind and you'll be happy. I'm definitely going to buy it when it's out and if you have the money and the time, go see this movie, it's totally worth it.
~The Narcoleptic Critic
Being a die hard Avatar fan, i walked into the theater ecstatic. Don't get me wrong i didn't expect it to be great, because i knew a movie couldn't accomplish that. Avatar was one of my favorite shows, so it can only be expected I was thrilled for a movie. What i was not prepared for was the horror that befell my eyes, ears, and various other senses last night. I guess Shamylan never got out of the horror business.
First i'll start with the one thing that this movie did at least mediocre (that's how bad it was, the best part of it was mediocre), they did in fact stay very true to the story of the show for Book One: Water. They probably could've added a little more, cause it was a rather short movie, but overall they stayed very true to the original story.
Now the bulk of my review, why this movie sucked. Why this 5 hour movie (though i was informed by my friends it had only been about 2 hours, it had just felt that long) should not be seen by any living being on this planet. Human or animal, animal or plant, this movie should not be viewed by anyone. Here i go.
First off, why the hell did Shamylan change the names of EVERYTHING. i watched a special on Nickelodeon before i went in which he said he changed the name to the correct Asian pronunciations, and i say to him, what gives you the right? You didn't come up with the idea for the show, you didn't name the characters, you didn't come up with ANY of the original ideas. From the first time i heard them pronounce "Ong" (aang) "Soke-Ah" (Sokka) "Awe-vatar" (Avatar) "Ear-Oh" (Iro) I wanted to leave. It was a disgrace to the creators and it was a disgrace to everyone watching.
If you were planning on going to this movie to see some "sweet, gnary, spectacular" fast bending fights, well you'll be disappointed. EVERYTHING IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE IS SLOW MOTION!!!!!! Every fight scene, every battle, even when they were talking the movie felt slow (lol c wut i did thare?) Also remember in the show when the could just point there hand and BOOM!!!! fire flew out their first, earth crushed their oppenent, wind whipped around the area, or water did something lame, remember that? How quickly people could bend? Well in The Last Airbender, benders do these long, stupid kung-fu "dances" that get NOTHING AT ALL accomplished. The part i laughed hardest at is that 6 Earth Benders are doing these complicated, synchronized moves and you think something awesome is gonna happen. Suddenly a rock lifts from the ground about the size of a small t.v......I lol'd
Another thing is the fire bending. Shamylan thought it was unfair that fire benders could make fire from their own chi, so he changed that too. God he made so many good changes to the original show didn't he? He should've written it in the first place. The first bending is pretty lame too, honestly. The fire travels like, 1 mph through the air and still nobody can dodge it.
Now let's move on to my biggest complaint and yet the one thing that could've saved this movie and didn't: the ending. The epic fight between The Northern Water Temple. In the show, this conflict is solved when Aang, or "Ong" as M. Night so wants me to say, turns into this huge, awesome water creature that just wrecks everyone. I thought "well if they do this in the movie, maybe it will have an ounce of good" because the rest of the movie was so bad. But nope, Aang makes this big huge tidal wave and you think "hey maybe he will drown them", but no, he SCARES the fire nation away. They see this big tidal wave and run home like the little pussys they are. and suddenly...........nothing happened. It's like that all-state commercial nobody likes even the black man has a soothing voice. Oh and Commander Zhao? The most important villain in the first season? ya he gets killed by four randoms who drown him in a random alley. TALK ABOUT CLOSURE!!!
Boy, this movie had everything. Bad acting, bad special effects (yes, on today's standards, they were pretty bad), what i find interesting is it even had bad writing, even though the entire story was written for them when they started. I don't understand why they took something so good, so popular, and so brilliant and turned it into complete rubbish. that's right, i said it, RUBBISH!! *flails arms wildly*
I reccomend this movie to nobody. Unless you are a die-hard Avatar fan like i am and feel you need to see this movie, don't go. It's not worth it. There are better things you can spend your money on. Heck go out and buy a 30 dollar poster of Daft Punk and you'll have spent your money better than you would in this movie. It has maybe 45 seconds of watchable content. And when i left, the audible muttering in the audience let me know it wasn't just me that hated this movie. It really is that bad.
In conclusion, i give this movie .5/5 stars, just because it sorta followed the story alright. This is the second worst movie i've ever seen (after Eragon, which we can all agree was a disgrace to all man kind). Please, i beg you. don't go see this movie. It's not worth it. At all. M. Night Shamylan made changes that shouldn't have been there, and really just destroyed something from my childhood i loved. I truly hope this is the last movie he ever makes......I really do.