Posted on 7/16/11 08:37 PM
I don't think there is any other way to describe this film than simply terrible. There is no doubt that turning a successful animation series into a live action freature film is a daunting task, especially when you consider how truly epic and great Avatar (the Nic series) was. Sadly the elements that made the animation series amazing are completely absent from Shyamalan's travesty; gone is sense of journey and growth, the great storytelling, complex characters, and the fun and humor that infused each episode. Instead we are presented a sloppy film with a chopped up story, changes in plot lines that add nothing, a very bad script, and horrible acting by actors that simply don't fit the part. The three main characters, Aang, Katara, and Saka have little chemistry together and are plagued with some of the worst dialogue, thus keeping the audience at arms length- never allowing us to relate or even care about them or their plight.
Sure the special effects, sets, and costumes are done well, but that is expected with a large budget film ($150 million). What is also expected is a complete film that comes close to the original's depth, creativity, imagination, and entertainment, but on that matter this film has failed beyond belief.
Depending on the box office numbers, and there is no doubt this will quickly drop as the holiday weekend ends and word of mouth spreads, there is a strong possibilty that this may be the last we see of Airbender on the big screen, yet if the other two films that were supposed to follow are as bad a this then its best that they just fade away like Shyamalan's artisty has over the last six years.
Save your hard earn cash and wait to watch this on DVD if you must.