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Title: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 27, 2010, 01:23:07 PM
First review is out and I don't know what to say. This person doesn't seem to have any credibility like Peter Travers or any other famous critics. Also, on the 4th paragraph SPOILERS STARTS.  

For the first pop-culture entry on the OMC Tees blog, I?ve decided to post my review of M. Night Shayamalan?s upcoming film ?The Last Airbender.? Last week, a friend of mine invited me to attend a special screening of the film. Despite never seeing the cartoon, I thought the trailer looked really cool and since I?m a BIG fan of martial arts films, I figured it would be a fun evening out. Plus, I wanted to give Mr. Shayamalan one last chance to impress me since he?s had a pretty spotty record since ?The Sixth Sense.? Note: SPOILERS begin in paragraph four and they are announced.

First, let?s talk casting.  Judging by the previews, I assumed the movie was going to be a martial arts film set in Asia and was totally expecting to see a huge cast of Asian actors. Boy was I wrong! The first scene of the movie plays (after some really cool 3-D credits I might add) and to my surprise the main two characters Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) are white. A few moments later, the star of the film, Aang (Noah Ringer), is introduced and I found myself leaning over to my friend to whisper ?is that kid Asian?? She replied, ?I don?t know, maybe he?s mixed.? As the film progressed, and Ringer?s southern accent presented itself, I realized two things. One, the casting for this movie is way off and two, my hopes and dreams for a kid martial artist on the same level as Hung Man Ting (Miu Tse) from Jet Li?s ?New Legend of Shaolin? (click here) were dashed.

On to the movie?Overall, I thought film was mediocre and all of the acting was pretty lousy across the board. The way the actors delivered each line of dialogue made me cringe and the people behind me sigh. It felt like the actors had spent so much time learning their lines that they had no time to work on making their characters believable. However, this may not have been all their fault since nearly every line of dialogue was so on the nose. Usually movies like this meticulously reveal just enough information about each character and the story to keep us intrigued?not this movie. If you want to know why Princess Yue has blue eyes, she?s going to tell you in a two minute dissertation EXACTLY why her eyes are blue. This struck me as odd since Mr. Shayamalan is known for his ?twist? endings and was famously able to keep all of us in the dark with the big reveal in the ?Sixth Sense.? I thought how could there be such mystery to those characters (from his other movies), yet these characters in Airbender are singing like canary?s every time they appear on the screen.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE?


Sadly, character ambiguity wasn?t the only thing missing from this movie, there also seemed to be a lack of character development. Zuko (Dev Patel) and his father Firelord Ozai (Cliff Curtis) had some serious father/son beef in this film. This beef could have really been played out to be the ultimate family feud and give Zuko and Firelord Ozai some real character depth. Instead, their whole storyline fell totally flat with talk, talk, talk. There was a LOT of talking about what happened to make their relationship so estranged but there was no real action or scenes to show us firsthand how Zuko was banished from the family or how Firelord Ozai preferred Zuko?s sister over him. Actually, all talk and no action seemed to be the common theme throughout this entire film.

Two more characters who suffered from Mr. Shayamalan?s zero character development syndrome was Sokka and Princess Yue. Instead of us slowly watching their love for each other grow, we simply see Sokka arrive at the Water Nation one day, he makes eye contact with Princess Yue for a moment, and then abracadabra?in the very next scene, they?re deeply in love. Of course one of the main characters comes out and tells us that they?ve now been at the Water Nation for weeks now but we never get the chance to see this. Therefore it feels rushed and we don?t really get a chance to explore the Water Nation with the main characters before the bad guys arrive. Sigh.

Finally there was Aang. I really wanted to care for Aang but the nonchalant way his back story was presented made it really hard to feel sorry for him. So he runs away from the monastery and when he returns a hundred years later, all of the monks who raised him have been annihilated by the Fire Nation. That?s a pretty dire situation for a kid to deal with. Unfortunately, all the film shows us when Aang returns to the scene of the crime is a sea of skeletons scattered across a field. Aang looked pretty sad but the audience sure didn?t seem to care. I think for us to really feel something for Aang it might have worked better if maybe we see him run away right before the monastery is invaded. This way we have an emotional connection to what Aang is feeling when he returns home. A similar film that did this well and rather quickly was ?The Golden Child.? Before the Golden Child was kidnapped by Sardo Numspa and his cronies, there was a scene where several monks were killed in order for them to kidnap the Golden Child. Without two words of dialogue, this scene made us feel sorry for the Golden Child since he?s just witnessed his people being wiped out right before his eyes and we know that this kid must be something special for Numspa to go through so much trouble to get him.

What was good about the movie you might ask? Well, Shaun Toub was really good as Uncle Iroh, he presented some depth with his character but unfortunately it was never totally fleshed out. M. Night Shayamalan finally did a movie where he didn?t cast himself. The film also had some really nice special effects and the costumes were outstanding.  James Newton Howard did a phenomenal job with composing the music from start to finish. He?s sure to get another Oscar nom for this one. And eventhough Dev Patel?s portrayal of Zuko started out with a lot of overacting, he improved a lot by the end of the movie.

To conclude, my main issue with Airbender was its lack of subtlety. Shayamalan had a tendency through the film and its dialogue to force feed us every little nugget of information rather than trusting that we ?d be smart enough to figure  things out for ourselves. Having not seen the cartoon, I can?t really comment on whether the movie does or does not do it justice. However, I will say that as a martial arts, fantasy action film, Airbender was pretty painful to watch. The film ended with a total set-up for the sequel to come but after reading about all the controversy surrounding the casting choices and the lackluster performances in the movie, I have to wonder if Part II will ever see the light of day. I?m really interested to see what happens when the film hits theaters next week.

Note: Just to let you guys know that the author of this review is a chick. I have nothing against chicks, but some chicks that are busy in their make ups and hair actually review movies too... 
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 27, 2010, 01:32:08 PM
POSITIVE REVIEW


Product Rating: **** 4 Stars
Pros: Excellent effects, Decent hero story, Decent acting

Cons: Very obvious set-up/story arcs.

The Bottom Line: A surprisingly engaging fantasy film geared for youngsters, "The Last Airbender" is tight enough to entertain adults as well.

Review


It has been a long time since I saw a good fantasy hero story that I actually enjoyed enough to enthusiastically recommend. Appropriately enough, the same may be said for movies by writer and director M. Night Shyamalan. Both streaks have ended, though with the emergence of ?The Last Airbender? and Shyamalan finally has the franchise he always wanted (?Unbreakable? was supposed to be the first in a film series, but its commercial failure prevented the director from continuing with that). In many ways, ?The Last Airbender,? which is Shyamalan?s 2010 entry into Summer Blockbuster Season is a very typical hero story, but the density of its opening instantly clues the viewer into the beginning of a franchise, whether or not Shyamalan wanted that feel to it. In other words, even from the beginning, there is an appropriately epic quality to the film.

It ought to be noted right up front that: 1. ?The Last Airbender? is a remake or reimagining of the anime work ?Avatar: The Last Airbender,? and 2. I have never seen an episode of ?Avatar: The Last Airbender,? read any of the manga nor even seen any of the new action figures that accompany this film. I went into the preview screening of it a complete blank slate. That said, ?The Last Airbender? is an ambitious start to the franchise, even if it seems like Shyamalan and his production crew had to pull punches at certain moments.

There are four known elements in the world: Fire, Air, Earth and Water. The world has been devastated by a long war waged by the Fire Nation upon the Earth and Water Nations (Air has pretty much already fallen to the Fire Nation and those who identify with Air are now nomadic and spread thin). Hope, however, comes in the form of Aang. Aang appears to be only twelve years old, but he is actually far older and he is the last of the protectors and manipulators of Air, an Avatar known as an Airbender. Aang finds himself in the company of the Water Tribe and Sokka and his younger sister, Katara. Aang has the ability to airbend, manipulate air to do its bidding, but he soon learns that the other elements may be within his grasp with the right training.

As a result, Aang, Sokka and Katara set off for the north pole where they hope to find a master of waterbending who might be able to teach Aang how to waterbend and help them to repel the Fire Nation. Unfortunately for the heroes, they are hunted by the disgraced Prince Zuko, who hopes to regain the natural line to the throne by capturing Aang and prove himself to Lord Ozai. But just as Zuko is hunting the young Airbender and his friends, so too are other Fire Nation leaders and all signs point that if Aang falls, the world will fall to Fire!

?The Last Airbender? is an ambitious start to a fantasy series that feels incredibly familiar in some ways. M. Night Shyamalan, who wrote the movie, is clearly not attempting to reinvent the wheel with the hero narrative and the plot for ?The Last Airbender? is simple and direct in a way that will not surprise most moviegoers. Given that this film was co-created by Nickelodeon Movies, it is no surprise that the plot is kept somewhat simple with reversals that one suspects even young people will see coming. Even so, it is not unenjoyable and there are moments that certainly seek to push the envelope of a fantasy film geared toward youngsters.

Even so, there is very little that is truly bothersome for parents in ?The Last Airbender.? Despite having pretty incredible special effects at moments, the relationships are kept very much platonic. Aang appears to be 12 and his friends are only a few years older than him. The movie plays much more like a buddy film than a movie that is building romantic interests between the protagonists (much like the early ?Harry Potter? films). And like many movies with a hero in the process of becoming, Aang goes through a lot of training and dispenses and receives a great deal of expository dialogue. The movie is packed with enough information to make the universe it is set in seem plausible without it ever slowing the pace down or feeling the like the viewer is being unnecessarily lectured.

Aang is a likable protagonist as well. He has all the characteristics of the archetypal hero, including the desire to do good and to help those around him. What Shyamalan manages to do well with Aang is present the idea of responsibility and the way it clashes with Aang?s inherent desires to have fun and do his own thing make him a much more compelling and realistic protagonist. Similarly, Prince Zuko is appropriately fleshed out for a villain who might otherwise appear monolithic. Zuko is the disgraced leader and while there are moments he seems like he might simply be acting out of a sense of entitlement, his desire to regain his position as legitimate heir to the throne seems to truly come from his desire to see his people excel.

Zuko is played by Dev Patel, who might still best be known for ?Slumdog Millionaire? (reviewed at: http://www.epinions.com/content_453693705860 ). In ?The Last Airbender,? he sublimates his good guy nature and presents a character who is hurt, angry and works masterfully as a villain. In fact, the only real difficulty with Patel?s performance is believing his character is so young. Similarly, Jackson Rathbone (Sokka) and Nicola Peltz (Katara) give decent supporting performances that make one want to see where they might go in the future.

But much of the film hinges on the performance of Noah Ringer, who plays Aang. Ringer is actually a tween and he is charged with portraying a character who only appears to be so young. Ringer has moments when he stares, when he sets his jaw and when he speaks where he effectively connotes his character?s true age and that type acting ability is certainly uncommon. Ringer succeeds with what he has to and he holds his own as well in the physical scenes.

As far as the special effects go, they work in ?The Last Airbender,? but are nothing groundbreaking. Fans of big special effects films will be pleased, just as fans of drama will be happy that Shyamalan does not go over-the-top with them.

Ultimately, ?The Last Airbender? does just what one hopes a summer popcorn movie will do: it entertains and makes one care about the characters. Who could ask for more?

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Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Project 86 on June 27, 2010, 01:38:19 PM
on 1st review she says she saw traielrs but was shocked to see white people  LOL

yeah thats believable
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 27, 2010, 01:41:13 PM
on 1st review she says she saw traielrs but was shocked to see white people  LOL

yeah thats believable

I know.  ;D - What a stupid B*t*h.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Imalshen on June 28, 2010, 01:57:54 PM
People are dumb. They get hung up so bad on stuff like that, and "They don't look EXACTLY like the cartoon!" Well DUH. If they looked like the cartoon they would BE a cartoon. Seriously people, get over it.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: moonrise on June 29, 2010, 12:23:57 PM
i agree, the picky details always get someone
want i did not like about the first review is "all talk and no action"    ???
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Imalshen on June 29, 2010, 02:35:20 PM
Not from the clip I saw...
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: AIR NOMAD on June 29, 2010, 08:25:55 PM
Wait wait wait, Aang has a southern accent???   :o :o  :'(
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Cleveland Heep on June 29, 2010, 09:17:05 PM
I love how if its a bad review, rohan will be like "this person doesn't have any credibility" but if its a good one, it doesn't matter who they are.

fact is everyone has opinions. while we want the movie to succeed and be awesome, there's nothing we can do about it if its not good.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 29, 2010, 11:16:52 PM
http://www.shadowandact.com/?p=26374   - Another idiotic review.  Based mostly on RACE lol
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 29, 2010, 11:19:10 PM
I love how if its a bad review, rohan will be like "this person doesn't have any credibility" but if its a good one, it doesn't matter who they are.

fact is everyone has opinions. while we want the movie to succeed and be awesome, there's nothing we can do about it if its not good.

yeah everyone has a opinion. If the review doesn't make sense then it doesn't make sense, right? The reason it doesn't make sense cause it was written not to make sense. When a reviewer reviews a movie based on its race WHICH IS A RED MARK of controversy is not a review. It is to spread the bad word. Seriously there are some haters there. M.Night haters.

Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Leggy on June 29, 2010, 11:23:31 PM
I've read some biased reviews that didn't care about the casting...doesn't sound like the movie will be good.  :-\
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rulm on June 30, 2010, 03:18:58 AM
I'm getting really worried. Many are saying it's M. Night's WORST film. After seeing Lady in the Water and The Happening, I can't even imagine.  :-\
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Sri HK on June 30, 2010, 08:38:19 AM
I'm getting really worried. Many are saying it's M. Night's WORST film. After seeing Lady in the Water and The Happening, I can't even imagine.  :-\


I don't know.  Night is getting thrashed by the film bloggers.........hopefully critics like it.  :(

I'm more worried about how Night is going to take this as a filmmaker.  :'(
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: gwags33 on June 30, 2010, 10:06:29 AM
im going to the midnight showing tonight!!!!!!!!!!!!

i get to see myself on the big screen =)...

the trailers look awesome, but the film will prob be a bust...the trailer is prob just showing all the good parts of the film, WHATEVER still going to see it bc avatar is my favorite show...

not really excited for the film, only excited for myself!!! im an airbending student...go find me!
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Imalshen on June 30, 2010, 10:32:04 AM
I'm getting really worried. Many are saying it's M. Night's WORST film. After seeing Lady in the Water and The Happening, I can't even imagine.  :-\


Lady in the Water is the best film ever, but badly marketed, and the Happening suffered because nobody understood that it was a satire, and no one listened to him when he explained it was supposed to be corny.

People are just being dumb because they want "The Sixth Sense" again, and if he only made movies like that they would STILL complain and say he never did anything new.

They're just haters who have to hate on him because they've never accomplished anything in their lives.

The clips I've seen of this movie I've liked. I doubt it will beat LITW as my favorite film of all time, but I'm pretty sure it's going to be fun.

Just 13.5 more hours...
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 30, 2010, 12:37:10 PM
Watch these 2 videos. TLA review - They are short won't waste much of your time!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRYOuhX3klI&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sHZirN4KCg&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 30, 2010, 12:43:38 PM
I read the review on Joblo.com about ECLIPSE. They are mad for watching the movie. They are saying it's really bad.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 30, 2010, 01:04:45 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QL-sJNqboRQ

This review. Okay, I like it cause he is not comparing M.Night's previous work with TLA. If TLA is really that bad then its bad. M.Night should should go back to dark, emotional, suspense thrillers. I have a script finished for M.Night. I will give it to him without any charge.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Cleveland Heep on June 30, 2010, 02:05:44 PM
You're right guys. Everyone who didn't like the happening or lady in the water or airbender just doesn't UNDERSTAND what shyamalan is trying to do. EVERY single critic just compares his films to the sixth sense. 

@Rohan: I don't mean to offend
You. I love shyamalan as much as you do. But the reason I love him is for his talent. When a movie sucks it sucks.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 30, 2010, 02:19:04 PM
I agree with you, CLEVERLAND HEEP.

I like a honest review based totally on the movie in question. Now that I have read some of the reviews from legits sources like "The Hollywood Reporter" and "Roger Ebert". I see the base of the whole issue that "The Last Airbender" is facing. I have not seen the film yet so I am not going to grab collars here, but my whole opinion on the film, the series, M.Night Shyamalan's decision, first teaser trailer, 3D conversion is negative. M.Night Shyamalan is a great director and he knows how to direct when he sits on the directors chair. We have seen his previous work and we all know that he is capable of directing some serious movies with great story telling and directing.

This is my opinion:

I was saddened when M.Night decided to take on the series based on the cartoon. That's not his style, yet he took the route to change his image. I respect that, but come on! it's like seeing Brian De Palma directing a musical.

TLA teaser trailer: I saw it the first time and I was not excited. Nothing looked special. Even AANG. I knew there is something with acting in this movie.

3D - then comes 3D conversion out of nowhere. WHY? I know its good to earn extra cash, but why?

I love M.Night and adore his work. I don't want him to direct TLA 2.


Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rulm on June 30, 2010, 02:26:06 PM
Roger Ebert gave The Last Airbender half a star.  :'(

I don't remember the last time he gave a movie such a terrible review.

Last Airbender is sitting at 0% on RottenTomatoes with about 13 reviews in so far.

Yeah, I'm worried.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Sri HK on June 30, 2010, 06:31:54 PM
Roger Ebert gave The Last Airbender half a star.  :'(

I don't remember the last time he gave a movie such a terrible review.

Last Airbender is sitting at 0% on RottenTomatoes with about 13 reviews in so far.

Yeah, I'm worried.

I'm devastated right now. I can't even fathom what must be going through Shyamalan's mind right now.  :(
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 30, 2010, 06:40:50 PM
Roger Ebert gave The Last Airbender half a star.  :'(

I don't remember the last time he gave a movie such a terrible review.

Last Airbender is sitting at 0% on RottenTomatoes with about 13 reviews in so far.

Yeah, I'm worried.

I'm devastated right now. I can't even fathom what must be going through Shyamalan's mind right now.  :(


I know. As long as it makes money they will be happy.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: mnightfan4lyfe on June 30, 2010, 09:49:58 PM
ugh wrote a long message and lost my connection, I'm on my iPod, just back from premiere, it was amazing!!!
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: mnightfan4lyfe on June 30, 2010, 09:57:10 PM
this will have 2 be short, but just got back from the premiere, don't believe any bad reviews, i thought the movie was amazing! i'll write more soon when I'm back home, took lots of pics, got Night's autograph, he talked for quite a while b4 it started, talked about how TLA came together & lots more cool stuff. I'm going to go see it again when I'm back home, great movie, I think u guys will love it!!
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Sri HK on June 30, 2010, 10:26:36 PM
this will have 2 be short, but just got back from the premiere, don't believe any bad reviews, i thought the movie was amazing! i'll write more soon when I'm back home, took lots of pics, got Night's autograph, he talked for quite a while b4 it started, talked about how TLA came together & lots more cool stuff. I'm going to go see it again when I'm back home, great movie, I think u guys will love it!!

 ;D

Thank you!
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on June 30, 2010, 10:36:47 PM
this will have 2 be short, but just got back from the premiere, don't believe any bad reviews, i thought the movie was amazing! i'll write more soon when I'm back home, took lots of pics, got Night's autograph, he talked for quite a while b4 it started, talked about how TLA came together & lots more cool stuff. I'm going to go see it again when I'm back home, great movie, I think u guys will love it!!

Thanks.

Hey share your pics here please. With your permission I can post on my mnightfilms page on facebook. Let me know.

http://www.facebook.com/rmohmand#!/pages/MNight-Films/27783486426
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: mnightfan4lyfe on June 30, 2010, 10:49:24 PM
absolutely, i don't have a laptop w/ me here in ny, but I'll send them once i get home, I leave here late thurs nite, got some video too, just a little clip from Night's intro b4 the movie, wish I got the whole thing, he said some really interesting things about his movies, how there is one certain scene in each one, too long of a story to type on this little iPod, but it was an unforgettale experience!
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Cleveland Heep on June 30, 2010, 11:02:16 PM
six percent on RT. his lowest yet.

i hope this movie makes some money.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Sri HK on June 30, 2010, 11:14:36 PM
six percent on RT. his lowest yet.

i hope this movie makes some money.

Now 4%. They took out one positive review.  :-[

I don't understand. How bad can it be? Come on.  Only 4%?  Something is not really adding up. I have never felt any of the M. Night movies were bad. The Happening is only one which i was iffy about.  But this is just bizarre how it is getting panned.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: mnightfan4lyfe on July 01, 2010, 07:18:15 AM
4% is bs, who are these people? they must not have seen the same movie I did, or they just are losers who don't have a clue. I'm not even going to read anything on RT because I'll just get annoyed...
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: moonrise on July 01, 2010, 11:41:37 AM
i have never seen any movies of m. night so this will be my first one
as to the reviews, i see that ppl are usually on both sides of the extreme (so far - the movie JUST came out)
but i suppose it's based on which aspects matter most to YOU! (i mean character, story line, dialouge, etc.)
for now it seems like the bad reviews are expanding on the weak stuff and ignoring the good stuff like the actual story derived from the cartoon

i don't know how the movie turned out so my view may change (tomorrow i hope - going to see it tomorrow!!!)
(almost) exactly 24 hours  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rulm on July 01, 2010, 02:55:06 PM
Fact is, most people don't hate the movie -- they despise it! And I'm not just talking about critics. Just go check out youtube and twitter and yahoo movies and every other site where people post movie reviews. People despise everything about it, and it has nothing to do with this being an M. Night movie. And after ignoring the reviews and checking out The Happening, I'm  skipping Last Airbender to keep whatever M. Night fan I have left in me alive.

The man needs help.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: AIR NOMAD on July 01, 2010, 11:39:40 PM
Well this is quite worrying.  I'll see it sometime this week and post a detailed review
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Cleveland Heep on July 02, 2010, 12:09:16 AM
I just saw it. Let's start with the positive: some good action sequences, and two good shyamalan "moments"

the movie was a piece of crap. one of the worst films of the year, if not the worst.

i havent seen the show, but EVERYONE in the theater came out booing. One guy was like, "Leave it to Shyamalan to ruin another good movie".

I also have no idea what was going on in the movie - apart from the main story. too much terrible exposition and crappy acting and horrendous dialouge.

consensus: worse than the happening.

shyamalan continually tests my faith. :(
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Imalshen on July 02, 2010, 12:11:39 AM
Whatever you do wait until the nutcases have all seen it or you won't be able to hear the movie!!!

I posted a little bit of details regarding good movie, bad script, but I will go more in depth with another viewing. I can advise you to go in "blank slate" and don't expect the series. My friends who never saw the show had a lot more fun than my friends who went in after watching the original. I'm funny about adaptations and how I approach them, so it's hard to disappoint me.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: PriestRevan on July 02, 2010, 01:03:14 PM
six percent on RT. his lowest yet.

i hope this movie makes some money.

Now 4%. They took out one positive review.  :-[



Whaaat? That's... stupid. Lol.

I dunno, I liked the movie, but then again, I don't always end up agreeing with the critics anyways. I guess I just have different tastes in movies.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: mnightfan4lyfe on July 02, 2010, 09:37:14 PM
I'm going to see it at least once more next week. I checked out the reviews on RT and can't believe how cut-throat and nasty these critics are.  ???  >:(

Still working on uploading my photos, hopefully will have them ready soon if I can figure out how to post them.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Cleveland Heep on July 02, 2010, 09:42:45 PM
guys, i know it seems like the critics are being exceptionally vicious, but...

the movie was THAT bad.

Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rohan on July 02, 2010, 10:57:21 PM
I wish they didn't do the 3D conversion and I don't blame Night for other things. In my opinion it was a nice movie with decent super hero and some good special effects. And, if they come up with sequel I want to see AANG as an adult.

Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: villager on July 02, 2010, 11:45:44 PM
A friend of mine said that he did not like the movie. Here is his review:

He said that a few of the characters were different in the movie. Some of them did not share the same characteristics seen in the cartoon. He also felt the the pronunciation of the names were off key. The story was also a problem. The movie did not fully cover the first seasons and it skipped past a few events too fast. He also thought that it was a set up for a sequel.

From the sound of most reviews it does not look like a good movie. I thought Night was a big fan of the cartoon series? I am sure he would want to be specific to the show and make a movie for the core fans of Airbender. Maybe it is his own twist on the series? :-\

Here is a quote from Night in an interview:
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It?s so much more stress. I didn?t realize quite how much a toll this was all going to take. My normal cycle for movies is eighteen months and each part is separate. But with this movie, everything was overlapped.

This was a big project for Night. Maybe too big of a project for him at this point in his movie making career. I think he really wanted to make this movie but it was just to big.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: PriestRevan on July 03, 2010, 01:33:57 AM
I wish they didn't do the 3D conversion and I don't blame Night for other things. In my opinion it was a nice movie with decent super hero and some good special effects. And, if they come up with sequel I want to see AANG as an adult.



I wanna say two things:

One: I think half the reviewers only saw the 3D version, which I think wouldn't have helped at all.

Secondly: The reaction from fans has made me not really want to call myself a "Avatard" anymore. I hate it when I enjoy being a fan of something, but then other fans either take things too seriously or just go Ducking crazy. I mean, I always stand by the fact that it's just a show or a movie or whatever, and not really THAT important in the long run.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: steinmansbrain on July 03, 2010, 05:34:00 AM
Cleveland I hope you are employing some extreme hyperbole when you say it's worse than The Happening.

Surely that's like a mathematical impossibility? Like if one character delivered one line in a convincing manner it would by default be better than The Happening right?

Anyhoo yeah this looks like it's failed which is a real shame. I was really excited at the prospect, I couldn't think of a better pairing of like story/idea and director (except the Superman/Wachowski Bro's rumour - that would be sweet man). 

And I actually didn't expect it would be bad. I know! Even after The Happening! So I'm just confused at how this could have went wrong.

Obviously going to reserve judgement till i've seen it. I did like LitW, and that got poor reviews. And I'm pretty sure a lot of people have already made up their mind about night and would give it a bad review regardless (just like critics give any Coen brothers movie a good review now - Burn After Reading 78% - did any of them even watch that movie?)

I don't think "the critics just don't get Night" is a valid excuse anymore though. If you don't get him 3 movies in a row maybe it's not us :-\
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Cleveland Heep on July 03, 2010, 12:43:08 PM
This is from a review posted on Shadow and Act.

@Steinmansbrain: Your comment made me laugh, because going into the movie, I was thinking the same thing. But lo and behold. You answers to why this movie is not only shyamalan's worst, but one of the worst films of the decade:

"The incomprehensible plot which jumps around from location to location without any logic or reason? The insipid, shallow characters? The amateurish acting? The clumsy, badly choreographed and edited action sequences? The crummy CGI effects? Or the awful, groan-worthy dialogue that?s at least 75% pure exposition? And in spite of that, you still can?t figure out what?s going on or who is who"

Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: steinmansbrain on July 03, 2010, 01:30:27 PM
"The incomprehensible plot which jumps around from location to location without any logic or reason? The insipid, shallow characters? The amateurish acting? The clumsy, badly choreographed and edited action sequences? The crummy CGI effects? Or the awful, groan-worthy dialogue that?s at least 75% pure exposition? And in spite of that, you still can?t figure out what?s going on or who is who"

Yeah it certainly doesn't sound like a classic :(. 75% pure exposition though like well it's hard to avoid that really in this I feel.

But yeah I don't understand how films are structured. I've heard night talking about developing character and developing plot - are those things like supposed to run parallel in any given movie and it's like a balancing act to develop them both equally? Are those the only 2 things to consider in the writing?

Like has Night given too much attention to the back story and hasn't progressed like the 'present' time in the film enough?

I'm always interested in why some films just don't do it for me and some do. Like Watchmen. I just wasn't interested. I think it kinda had like a story I should have cared about but I just didn't 'get' it you know. Wonder if that had to do with the backstory/expostion/character narrative development thing.

or you know if I just couldn't follow the plot cos I'm a bit thick. Hellboy as well like everyone liked hellboy. I just stopped watching it. Just didn't want to watch any more.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: moonrise on July 09, 2010, 11:31:59 AM
i must agree that the movie wasn't the best and i still need to see it again to confirm a few things but, don't you think that our expectations as fans where too high???
before the movie, i tried not get too excited only to get my hopes dashed but nevertheless, i think i was expecting WAY too much (even if it didn't feel like that at the time)
being overexpectant cannot have helped with general emotions to this movie...
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Rulm on July 09, 2010, 04:51:34 PM
i must agree that the movie wasn't the best and i still need to see it again to confirm a few things but, don't you think that our expectations as fans where too high???
before the movie, i tried not get too excited only to get my hopes dashed but nevertheless, i think i was expecting WAY too much (even if it didn't feel like that at the time)
being overexpectant cannot have helped with general emotions to this movie...

No way, lol. It's just a bad movie. Not only do most fans hate it, just about everyone seems to hate it. There are a few who seem to genuinely like it (  ??? ), but for the most part, it's unanimously hated.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Sri HK on July 11, 2010, 11:59:53 AM
A new review. Also, touches on the Shyamalan hate going around:

http://www.thefilmtalk.com/2010/07/09/film-podcast-last-airbender-killer-inside-me-review/

 ;)

This is a great review.

 ;D
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Imalshen on July 11, 2010, 04:53:06 PM
Saw it again last night, without the hooligans. Not only was I able to pay more attention to the film but I discovered it's actually a lot better the second time around. That's a Night trait-the more you watch the more you like.

Anyway, I'm working on my detailed review of it and I'll post it soon. I might just blog it and link to it in here instead of opening up another "Personal opinion" thread.

I'll try to have it up before I leave for the UK on Tuesday!
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Sri HK on July 11, 2010, 11:43:44 PM
^^ Cool.  :)
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Erik on July 12, 2010, 08:23:15 AM
I couldn't wait another month before I can get a chance to see this, so I just watched a (bit crappy quality) stream. First of all, the reactions to this movie;
Bad, worse, M. Night should stop making movies, bla bla bla. We all know the story about how his last 3 movies (The Village, Lady In The Water and The Happening) were bad and this one would make four in a row. With this in mind, I started to watch. My high expectations were gone, I feared the worst, but did not get the worst.

I thought this movie was quite good actually. There is only one point that was really bad, and that is the story telling. It goes too fast. The movie is a little over one and a half hour, which is just too short to tell this story. I got the feeling that we were rushed way too quickly through the story. I believe that if M. Night would have taken time and maybe made this movie two full hours, this could have been a movie worth seeing.

I will watch this again on the big screen when it hits the theatres here. My rating for now; 7/10.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: mnightfan4lyfe on July 12, 2010, 10:25:06 AM
I agree Erik. 103 minutes is too short. I think an extra 15 or 20 minutes used properly to develop the central characters and story a little more would've made it stronger. Still, I enjoyed the movie and think the critics were WAY too harsh.
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: avatarluv13 on July 13, 2010, 01:33:46 PM
the movie was too short. but it also was too long  :P if it was longer, it might have been better, he could added more, showed more detail in the gaangs journey to the North Pole and what really happen when they got there... but for how terrible it was, it was waaay too long  :-[
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: mnightfan4lyfe on July 14, 2010, 01:53:34 PM
I saw it again today and loved it. Probably more than the first time I saw it. The only issues I noticed were a few occasions where the lines were too 'on the nose' and I would have liked to have known more about Katara and Sokka, but that's just being picky. Loved the scenery, the acting, the music, the story and all the little details I missed the first time. Yes, I'm hoping for a sequel :)
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Imalshen on July 15, 2010, 03:23:42 PM
Even if I had despised the movie, I would want a sequel because I HATE it when they leave a series hanging. I mean, like Eragon? That movie was a complete butchery of the books, but it's still incomplete on its own. Not to mention Paolini has not finished the series yet either...I wonder when that last book will ever come out.

Yeah, all I know is if anyone wanted to adapt a series of mine 1. They would have to wait until the series is complete and 2. I would be there with them every step of the scriptwriting process. No way in hell I'm handing over my life's work to some dunderhead who doesn't know the story.

 And I want Shyamalan to direct! :D
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: moonrise on August 03, 2010, 04:55:02 PM
yes, the critics were too harsh but i don't think the movie was a complete failure - sure it had weak factors but many components were quite good

anyway, enough restating the facts - did you know about the new spinoff miniseries that will follow Avatar: the legend of aang called Avatar: the legend of korra
i'm glad that the avatar world will live on despite the many negative reviews we've been getting
Title: Re: THE LAST AIRBENDER: Reviews - Critics.
Post by: Imalshen on August 04, 2010, 08:46:54 AM
Yeah I've heard about it. Sounds pretty cool, but I'm always wary of spinoffs. I'm going to follow production very closely so I don't have any "WTF?" moments when it comes out. lol