Monday, 17 October 2011

The Last Airbender Review (Updated)

The Last Airbender

Release Date: 16th September 2010 - Australia

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Nickelodeon Movies (presents)
Blinding Edge Pictures
The Kennedy/Marshall Company

Paramount Pictures Australia

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: PG

Runtime: 103 minutes

Budget: $150,000,000

Box Office Gross: $319,713,881

Plot Summary
In a world ravaged by the
Fire Nation's aggression
toward the peaceful Air,
Water and Earth nations,
reluctant youth Aang
learns that he's an Avatar -
a rare being who can
manipulate all four elements
and restore peace to the
planet. Now Aang must join
with his pal Katara and other
allies to fulfil his destiny.

Noah Ringer - Aang
Dev Patel - Prince Zuko
Nicola Peltz - Katara
Jackson Rathbone - Sokka
Shaun Toub - Iroh
Aasif Mandvi - Commander Zhao
Seychelle Gabriel - Princess Yue
Cliff Curtis - Fire Lord Ozai
Summer Bishil - Princess Azula
Francis Guinan - Pakku
John Noble - The Dragon Spirit (Voice)
Damon Gupton - Monk Gyatso
Katherine Houghton - Gran Gran
Randall Duk Kim - Old Man in Temple

Writer/Director/Producer - M. Night Shyamalan
Based on Animated TV Series
"Avatar the Last Airbender"/
Executive Producers - Michael Dante DiMartino & Bryan
Executive Producers - Kathleen
Kennedy & Scott Aversano
Producers - Frank Marshall & Sam Mercer
Co-Producer - Jose L. Rodriguez
Production Designer - Phillip Messina
Costume Designer - Judianna Makovsky
Military Consultant - James D. Dever
Cinematography - Andrew Lesine
Second Unit Director/Stunt Coordinator - Jeff Habberstad
Fight Choreographer - Ben Cooke
Visual Effects Supervisors - Pablo Helman &
Bjorn Mayer
Film Editor - Conrad Buff IV
Music - James Newton Howard

I've always loved the Nickelodeon cartoon of AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER for its anime-like style, its rare, complex storytelling in episodes and its strong impact. Strikingly compared to most anime-action shows featuring DRAGON BALL Z, the show Avatar has needed the potential as the new generation of STAR WARS. This recent movie adaptation was very disheartening and didn't make any real sense due to the sloppy writing and direction by M. Night Shyamalan. I found the ending to be very disappointing as I feel the movie should have concluded in a more explosive and action-packed manner. To make matters worse, the film's casting is whitewashed and how could Shyamalan want to make those improper decisions with characters that weren't equally matched in their racial diversity. Shyamalan handles the atrocious editing and most of the poor acting, which explains why the movie didn't have any structure or any resonation.

To the fans of the animated TV show, this film did not uphold the original qualities which made the cartoon a hit. There is some news about a possible sequel to THE LAST AIRBENDER which is in works. Let's hope that this sequel redeems this shocking portrayal of the original animated TV series.

Star rating: (1/5) Not Worth Watching

And now, here's Team Avatar's own reaction courtesy from the fictional characters of the show as Aang, Zuko, Katara and others. ENJOY!

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