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.
I do not understand why movies like this are allowed to exist. It is one of the great flaws of modern democracy that the all powerful Shyamalan has not been tried by a tribunal.
The fight scenes were sloppy and dull. I felt like it had been choreographed by an old woman who only knew Tai Chi. The dialogue was boring and the character development was next to non existent. I almost wanted the main characters to die just so I wouldn't need to suffer their awful acting.
DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE. It's not even the kind of crappy movie that you can enjoy, it's just upsetting to watch - kind of like seeing a sick puppy.
If you are bored and wanting a crappy movie to laugh at, watch an early batman movie; Leave this cheap, chewed up, carcass of the great cartoon it once was to rot in peace.
This show is one of the most unexpectedly brilliant surprises I have ever come across. From the first episode you are intrigued, but very quickly you become strongly attached to the characters, the storyline and the entire avatar universe. In other words you are hooked.
I will keep this brief as I always like to do, but the level of complexity in the plot and - in particular - the characters pasts and motivations is far superior to what you would expect of a children's show and indeed the majority of adult shows. The fact it is a cartoon in no way inhibits it. On the contrary the choreography and effects are stunning.
To give an idea of the kind of work that this show has, each style of 'bending' is based on a distinct martial art. The fight scenes are brilliant fast and exciting, and the show offers something which is hard to find even in blockbuster films... villains that you genuinely find scary.
Few other shows can claim to have the imagination, the beauty nor the depth of plot that this series has. Avatars - I salute you
Its an american animation with various hints of of eastern animation or "anime". The two styles blend well and make for a refreshing new kind of animation. The characters both antagonists and pro-antagonists are vivid with each having their own personalitys , experiences and motives. A really awesome touch to the series is the use of real life martial arts moves for the 4 bending styles(water,fire,earth and wind). A good example is firebending which lends moves from real life shaolin style kung fu. The story is well written and takes you on a journey through a new world. If you like a combination of action, humor, drama and eastern culture this is the right serie for you.
I had heard reviews from others and thought twice about seeing the movie. So I had waited for it to come out for rent, and watched it with my brother and dad... it was expected, but talk about utter disappointment.
I originally loved the series: AANG, Appa, MoMo, SOKKA, Katara (etc.). But the overall movie was rushed, confusing, dismembered, and unconvincing... though I have to say KUDOS to the director, having to smush twenty episodes into two hours of screenplay.
I am not a fan of this movie, but still love the series and am hoping Book 2 will be better.
If you watched the series, you'll hate it. If you didn't see the series and just want to watch an interesting movie, you'll hate it. The characters are butchered into bland boring space fillers in a storyline that can't decide where it's going. The random bits of narration from a character who's not even the main focus of the story seem like a desperate attempt to look like they knew what they were doing. They didn't Don't waste your time or money.
In what has to be one of the most backwards career trajectories in history, this once fine director continues to undo his resume. There was the amazing 'The Sixth Sense,' the entertaining 'Unbreakable,' and the suspenseful 'Signs.' These films pointed to a new rising talent in M. Night Shyamalan. Then slowly, through 'The Village,' 'Lady in the Water,' and especially 'The Happening,' his star declined. Now we get this simplistic mess called 'The Last Airbender.' The characters are not well-developed, while the effects barely help keep viewer interest. It is a shame to see such talent go to waste.
Since I was introduced to the cartoon series a little late in the season and even though i don't have much knowledge about the cartoon, the choreography of the moves in the animated version is very unique and very similar to martial arts. It's just that the moves have been made to incorporate the bending of elements. It's just that the way Aang moves and the rest of the characters do too. It's unique in their own ways in the cartoons. I believe that the choreography for the human version of The Avatar the Last Airbender wasn't as good as the cartoon itself. The producers of the film should have concentrated on that a lot more. The bending of elements should be taken seriously. And slowly showed through out the movie from nation to nation and how Aang learns them all. Like i said, i don't know much about the first book. All i know is that this movie would have been so much better if the choreography of the human characters were a little bit better. I think the best part of the movie that made me feel like "YES! this is what the movie should focus on more." Was the part where Aang came to the place where earth benders were kept. The earth benders showed there true strength when they finally revolted and stood up for one another. I could feel the uplifting feeling inside their hearts and the CG did a fantastic job in doing so. When the earth rose over to block the fire. When the earth came in the push the enemy away. It was done beautifully. The water in the movie was excellent too. I think that the air was okay. Air is strong and vibrant in ways that humans cannot understand. Aang has to show that he has mastered air bending. It was okay in some parts, but for the most part, air bending was moderate. It just needs more whoosh and power. As for the weakest element in the movie that i though wasn't portrayed right was the fire. The fire bending wasn't as good as the rest of the elements. When the fire prince bends fire. He uses anger, and very prideful stances to show emotionally that his fire will burn you down. In the movie prince Zuko didn't do a good enough job. He needed more passion into fire bending. More emotion too would have been better. The fire flew kind of slow. As compared in the animated versions, the fire flew without grace, speed and power. The fire bending was just too slow and disappointing. The movie was truly rushed and not enough was shown to make first time watchers understand what was really going on. I would recommend people who see that the bending is a huge part of the movie to not go because the bending is only moderate. People who are more into seeing and exploring new cinematography should at least take a chance to see this film. Thanks everyone. I would like some feed back too on what you think about this.