Posted on 11/21/10 12:39 AM
M.Night Shyamalan has never been good since The Village. Downhill projects and horrible film making altogether, its been hard for the public to accept any of his work. So using a popular animated t.v series sounds like a good way to reenter into greatness. Such as his old film like the Sixth Sense. Its not great nor good nor even decent and no where close to the Sixth Sense but I feel like it does just enough for you to at least enjoy the experience.
The Last Airbender tells the story of a young monk who can control all of the elements and become a avatar. The complication is that he hasn't personally learned them so upon discovery, two siblings decide to take him on a journey to learn the arts and retain balance in a world conquered by fear of the fire legion. A simple story to follow and it is. For once, there are little twist to the story rather M.Night uses them on the characters instead.
The overall package is disturbingly pathetic when being called a adaption to a famous series. The contrast in comparison is rather beneath then what most people expected. The amount of young actors themselves didn't prove to be any good as well. Inexperience was shown here. The stars were amazingly poor at their execution of dialogue and the perception of the characters itself.
The films moves a little to quick and rushes. Leaving out gaping details and offer little explanation in return. There was almost no synergy between the characters or the story. Its contriving and it totally ruins the experience for those hardcore fans. So what does make this a passable flick? Well...
As a blockbuster, it serves its own right and fulfills it. It has amazing special effects and the battles can be epic. In scale, this fits perfectly as a Michael Bay adaption but even then they have significance. This is more or less kids in action and have little significance. But as a fool for colors and dazzles, I enjoyed it.
On its own, Avatar is a frenzy of spectacular moments but doesn't hold enough for the whole ten pounds. If you get my metaphor. If not then allow me explain. The Last Airbender does what it needs to in order to earn its million dollar trophy but leave very little for oscar nominations. M.Night did not put much thought into the story or the structural development in general but in the end he does serve well to those who enjoy dazzles (CGI infested crap).
On paper, its tragic to accept this as a true film or even a decent adaption but it is in its own right entertainment. Thats all you can really say about our new Airbender.