Water, Earth, Fire, Air ๐Ÿ˜ 

The Last Airbender is the worst movie I’ve ever seen. If I had a “Top 10 Least Favorite Movies” list, it would be number one no question. I’ve talked about every other M. Night Shyamalan movie on this blog. How he started out great, but turned into a joke. The Last Airbender literally makes me want to slap him in the face the way he did this amazing source material. The Last Airbender is a live action adaptation of the beloved Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. A series I actually didn’t watch when it first came on. Even though I knew it was popular, I just didn’t watch much anime or in this case, anime inspired shows growing up. When I first saw the trailer for The Last Airbender I immediately knew what it was. Even though I didn’t watch it, I still recognized the bald kid with arrow tattoos from the show. It was also the first time a Nickelodeon show was made into a live action movie. So I knew I needed to see the movie some day and the awful reviews only made me want to see it more. So I rented all three books (seasons) of the show and immediately fell in love with everything aboutย Avatar: The Last Airbender. You can imagine how I felt when I finally watched the movie…

Aang prepares for battle

The Last Airbender makes the terrible decision to condense 20 episodes worth of material into a 1 hour 43 minute movie. By using the plots of several important episodes and glossing over everything else. To the point where they either dedicate about 10 minutes to a single episode or characters awkwardly inject plot points into conversations. The Last Airbender starts out by recreating the show’s “water, earth, fire, air” opening. At least they got that right, but don’t worry, its all downhill from here. The movie begins by recreating the pilot episodes “The Boy in the Iceberg” and “The Avatar Returns.” Only with super bland versions of Katara and her brother Sokka. Who, like the episodes, find the avatar Aang trapped in ice. Though unlike the show, Katara is now a whiny kid, Sokka is now 24 years old (they claim he’s 15) and joyless, and Aang has no personality to speak of. Like the show they’re pursued by Zuko of the Fire Nation. Zuko looks nothing like the cartoon and his facial scar is barely visible. Don’t get me started on his Uncle Iroh. The movie clumsily transitions into the episode “The Southern Air Temple,” but without the emotional weight or significance. Then it gives a lousy approach to the episode “Imprisoned.” Which is also the only time we see earth benders. Then barely any effort is given to the episode “The Storm.” Followed by an out of nowhere recreation of the episode “The Blue Spirit.” Then the entire rest of the movie focuses on the last episodes, “The Siege of the North, Parts 1 & 2.” Since the movie is only an hour and a half, you neither care about the characters nor the journey they took to get there. Avatar: the Last Airbender was a TV series, and a TV series takes time to properly tell a story, flesh out characters, and make you care. This is not the kind of story a movie can tell and do justice to. Important characters and storylines get cut out of it. It’s even worse when you see the crap they actually did cut out of the movie.ย Now that you know the story, this is why itโ€™s the worst movie I’ve ever seen…

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The Air Temple

The Last Airbender fails at everything a movie shouldn’t have a problem with. The way I define movies I hate is sort of the opposite of how I define movies I don’t. For me a bad movie is one you’ve seen once and never want to see again. A movie where you don’t care about any of the characters. A movie that fills you with anger anytime somebody mentions it. And finally, a movie that offends you on a personal level. The Last Airbender is all those things and more. The fact that I watched and loved the animated series is a big reason why I hate the movie.ย Avatar: The Last Airbender was such an amazing show. Filled with complex characters, breathtaking action, hilarious moments, heartfelt stories, and a unique world. I even consider it to be too good for Nickelodeon. M. Night Shyamalan only made The Last Airbender because his daughter was a fan who wanted to be Katara for Halloween. He claims he watched the whole entire series with his family, but he clearly has no understanding of the show at all. The only reason it doesn’t bare the name of the series is because Avatar came out the year before. Which is a good thing, because the less association with the show the better. There’s just so much wrong with this movie, where do I start? Probably the biggest problem is the casting. Avatar: The Last Airbender is an American anime style show that draws inspiration from oriental traditions and customs. Yet every heroic character in the movie is white. While every villainous character is an Indian. Even though the Water Tribe is meant to be Inuit and the Fire Nation is meant to be Asian. Shyamalan gets everything painfully backwards. But the most frustrating thing for me is every character’s name being mispronounced. It makes no sense and it’s annoying. Of course the movie also has the usual Shyamalan problems. I can’t blame child actors too much, but they’re all terrible. Every actor sounds like a robot that can’t comprehend human speech. Which makes the characters feel soulless and boring. Don’t even get me started on the bending. Bending is supposed to be grand and exciting. Here all the bending is painfully slow and feels more like a karate demonstration. It literally takes five earth benders just to move one rock! While fire benders can’t even create fire! The effects look cheap, the makeup is dull, nobody looks like they’re having fun, the story is neutered, nothing has dramatic weight, and M. Night Shyamalan sucks. Can you believe they thought they were gonna make a trilogy? In the end, the twist is that The Last Airbender is a horrible movie that does everything it can to disappoint fans.

Aang learns water bending

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