The awesome source material of the highly (and rightfullly) acclaimed animated series is squandered by M. Night Shyamalan. It's like he's rushing through a term paper just barely touching all the required bases, just to say it's done and can get on with something else. Those who loved the animated series should avoid this one. I cringed almost all the way through it -- averted my gaze numerous times, was actually pondering taking a nap. Children who had been gushing about it during the pre-show were walking out for food . . . and not coming back in! They were probably the smart ones, sneaking into other movies that didn't reek.
None of the heart or the soul or the fire of the series translated into this film. It was dead, empty, emotionless, with inane writing. One of the best series for wholesomeness, humour, good writing, rapt attention to detail, rock-solid story-line for both children and adults is probably not going to be able to find a studio now who will take a chance on producing Book 2: Earth or Book 3: Fire.
The Sham tried to re-make too much into his own image that he spoiled it. Revoke his artistic license and let him flip burgers for a living! What's with the conga-line of numerous earth-benders doing a 5 mintue jig just to get one little rock to float through the air! And his name is Aang! You don't see directors messing with Wolverine's name just to make a clever point!
What a horrendous waste of awesome source material.