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The Last Airbender (2010)
One Question: Did Shaymalan Even Watch the Damn Series?!
How should I put this?! This is one of the WORST movies I have ever seen and I really want my $ back. M. Night should be put in front of a firing squad for releasing this piece of unimaginative, choppy, GARBAGE. I used to defend Shyamalan because I enjoyed his earlier work, Sixth Sense and Signs in particular. But that ends NOW!! This movie was appalling. I knew as soon as the narration began that it was not going to be very good. First off the ACTING was absolutely GOD awful. Every single actor came up small and was simply awkward. A LARGE part of that is due to Shyamalan. One of the many EPIC FAILS that arouse from the atrocity that was this movie was the complete Miscast of EVERY SINGLE ACTOR. I am not kidding when I say this; I seriously think Shyamalan picked random actors. The whole notion of casting one of the four kingdoms as one race is ridiculous. WHy in the hell is the Fire Nation Indian? In what part of the series did this idiot Shymalan get the impression that they were Indian? I watched every single episode of the series and I promise you not one character was made to be Indian. It is insulting for him to place his own views of what Avatar SHOULD be into a picture. Commander Zhou, who was a huge part of Book 1 as the main antagonist was played by a damn COMEDIAN. Thats right Aasif from The Daily Show played a character who was supposed to be a ruthless, cold-blooded, killer. Its not surprising then that it was a complete flop. Firelord Ozai, who was also played by an actor of Indian descent, played a major part of this movie when in actuality he was only seen as essentially a shadow in the FIRST book of the series. Some of my favorite characters, Sokka, and Iroh who were hilarious and entertaining characters in the duration of the series, were empty shells who made no attempt at comedic relief. HOW in the world did Shyamalan ignore this part of the series?! Again the question of whether or not he even bothered to watch the series should be raised. Also another complete show of disrespect to the series was the FIREBENDING element. The fact that none of the firebenders, save Uncle Iroh, were unable to bend without a fire source when throughout the entire series they were the source of their own fire is infuriating. Why the hell would you ignore this fact?! And if you were to make a complete change like that at least make it entertaining. Watching the benders use fire sources, like when Zuko attacked Katara and Aang in a North Pole scene with a damn torch as his source and then lying it on the ground to start a fire was PATHETIC. WHY SHAYMALAN WHY?! And the bending in general was made to look overdone and awkward. In the climactic scene why did Aang's waterbending scene to finish off the FIre Nation's invasion preceded by a damn cut from DANCING WITH THE STARS?! Um, I'm sorry but when I watched the series the bending movements were reflected by the movement of the actual elements. In ShyAmalan's farce he calls a movie the firebending was preceded by a cordial dance which was followed by a random fire ball or something like it. The only GOOD thing about this movie was the special effects that consisted of the bending and the CGI that created Appa. Which isn't saying a lot because they had a $150 Million budget. Finally, in reference to the accuracy of reflection from he series to the movie what was easily the WORST thing for me was the pronunciation of the names. I'm sorry Shyamalan but if you had bothered to even watch ONE episode of the series you would clearly hear all the names pronounced correctly yet somehow SOKKA became SUKAH, Aang, became AHNG and IROH became EROH. Really?! This is such a blatant spit in the face of the original fans that it is hard to put into words. Every time I heard Sokkah's name called I LITERALLY cringed a little each time. It was painful to listen to.
Now about the actual "film" itself, and I use the word rather loosely. In fact to correct myself this piece of garbage was a collection of really bad scenes lumped together into a 2 hour long anal probe. Everything about the plot, I also use that term loosely, was rushed and completely unengaging. The whole series of Earth Kingdom scenes was appalling. In fact when that whole series began I LOL, although it was not for a good reason. The terrible acting that passed as Sokka asked Aang if he though it would be a good idea to help out random Earth cities. He of course awkwardly responded "Yeah" in a weird boyish like attempt to reflect Aangs character and of course that was awfully done. And when they first arrived to the North Pole and the terrible narration from Katara said that "Sokka and Yue fast became friends" was laughably bad. OH REALLY?! Thanks for that little tid bit of information to fill the endless plot holes that ruined this vomit inducing film. The whole idea of her random narration used to cover up plot holes was just ludicrous.
In a painful CONCLUSION I would like to request that Shyamalan take what ever is left of his now pathetic career and FIREBEND that beast into OBLIVION. In his best work there is that famous line "I see dead people", well I see a dead career and I will give you a hint as to who it is....as the CREDITS made sure to remind us of he WROTE, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED this garbage!!