July 2nd, 2010

The Last Airbender

I am trying to sum up my opinion of the Last Airbender.   I don’t want to come off as negative.  I went to see the movie because I loved the show very much and the movie deserved a chance despite getting some terrible reviews.

How do you get The Last Airbender to be a bad movie?  Take the events of the first season of the show overall and remove all the heart, humor or wit.   When you have done that, then shorten it down to 2 hours so no one has any chance be on screen long enough for you to identify with them.   That is the recipe for the live action Last Airbender.  There are some high points.  The actor who plays Iroh does an excellent job as does Aasif Mandvi.  The fights are interesting to watch and the effects are really stunning.   I also sort of liked what little I saw of the guy playing Prince Zuko.  Again you don’t get enough time to see why he is interesting or cool.  You get told only in brief  exposition what happened to him and why he is the way he is.

I am firmly in the do not recommend category, on this movie.  I really wanted this to be better than expectation but it really it isn’t.  I didn’t hate it.   I didn’t walk out or anything.  It was not a Uwe Boll film or anything. I just didn’t care about anything in it. Nothing had any weight.   It was merely adequate at best.   The source material deserves better than merely adequate.

What I will recommend, is go watched the series again.  It is leaps and bounds better and you will not regret the time you spend watching it.

Originally published at McCoy's Geeky Emporium of Thought. You can comment here or there.