The Last Airbender Wasn’t That Bad Was It?

July 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm


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I decided to find out for myself and I can honestly say that The Last Airbender is not a good movie. M. Night Shyamalan has missed again.

But is it THIS bad?

“M. Night Shyamalan’s THE LAST AIRBENDER is a hate crime against film lovers.”

“Battlefield Earth has a new rival for the title of worst-film-of-the-last-20-years.” Cole Smithey

“The Last Airbender represents Shyamalan’s final and ultimate failure as a filmmaker – and a human being.” Mike Ward

“…a supposed fantasy adventure that has all the magic and mystery of a bologna sandwich.” Scene Stealers

“…an early candidate for the worst film of the decade.”

Yikes. That is just a few reviews I’ve read over the last few days.

I caught a matinee today. I wonder what the other 4 people in the theater thought…

The Last Airbender Fire Nation Shyamalan

Now I definitely agree that the movie is bad. Really bad. But this bad?

Admittedly, I know nothing about the animated series so I went in with a clean slate with high hopes for the once celebrated director.

Overall, the film presents a pretty cool concept but slow pacing, bad acting, poor writing and terrible 3D conversion killed it.

“I’m the Avatar… I ran away but I’m back now.”

There are cheesy lines like this throughout the movie and the acting doesn’t make things easier.

The Last Airbender is a mess.

How many times do you have to repeat that the Prince needs the Avatar to regain his honor? The answer is every 6-8 minutes.

Does he do it? Nope.

Towards the end a ‘fire bender’ creates his own fire. You know this for two reasons:

  1. You can see it on screen.
  2. People run around saying things like “He’s creating his own fire out of nothing!”

Does it mean anything? Nope. People just run away and he stops. Ooooooo.

In fact, in the final scene setting up an unlikely sequel, the Fire Nation leader says a comet is coming that will allow all fire benders to create their own fire.

I wanted to stand up in the theater and scream:

“Someone already did that!”

A lot of the criticism the film received is directed at the cast. Some believe it’s due to Night’s bad direction. Others blame the actor’s themselves. The acting was bad. Everyone is to blame but was it really so bad that people would call Night a failed human being? Ouch. I read one review that said the film would ‘end careers’. Ouch again.

Oh and don’t bother seeing this movie in 3D. I’m shocked the people at Paramount aren’t being sued for false advertising. It’s terrible 3D.

The one ‘element’ I actually found entertaining were the action sequences. They aren’t going to blow your mind but it’s still cool to see something different every now and then.

M. Night Shyamalan used to make brilliant movies. He has now directed 3 (or arguably 4) stinkers in a row. I think everyone is angry because they miss the old Night.

It’s true that The Last Airbender isn’t worth the trip to the theater. Yet people are visciously attacking Night personally. I don’t understand this.

Love him or hate him, he has still created at least a few phenomenal movies. You can never take that away from him. A lot of the reviews I read seem to be angry about his latest disaster.

I believe this anger is a cloak masking the genuine disappointment underneath.

People want the old M. Night Shyamalan back.

I miss the old M. Night Shyamalan too but I still think he’s brilliant.

Hopefully he returns to form someday.

M. Night Shyamalan is still brilliant

It’s my hope that people will read this review and understand that I thought The Last Airbender was terrible.

That doesn’t mean I’m giving up on M. Night Shyamalan.

I’ll be watching The Sixth Sense this week to remind myself what he is capable of. When his next movie comes out, I’ll go in with the same high hopes that everyone else has for his work.

I just won’t lash out at him if he doesn’t deliver.

PS: It really was a bad movie though. Too bad.