|The Last Airbender
||[Jul. 3rd, 2010|10:21 pm]
Over-18 Avatar: The Last Airbender fans
I have never been so disappointed in my life. I knew 30 SECOND IN, before a character even had an opportunity to poorly portray their character, that the movie was going to be a failure. Who is Soak-uh? Why is everyone portrayed as so devoid of any emotion but depression? Why did we get to see the Firelord's face already? Why was everyone's hair wrong? Why was the only line taken from the cartoon "Yip Yip," and nothing else? I DEMAND A GIANT KOI-MAN. |
We have to stop Shyamanalanala before he gets to Book II.
I'd like to share a few reviews from people more word-geniusy than me:
The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.
The Last Airbender: Worst Movie Epic Ever?
The dialogue he wrote has the stilted sagacity of a fortune-cookie dictum; after each line is delivered, you may be tempted to shout out, "In bed!"
One word in the TV show's title — Avatar — reminds you, by its absence, what The Last Airbender is missing. Shyamalan has none of James Cameron's gift for building a cohesive, compelling fantasy from scratch. Cameron's Avatar has a density of imagination, suggesting that the filmmakers thought out every aspect of Pandora, within the audience's field of vision and beyond it. Airbender settles for a limited vision and stodgy attitude. The promise of fabulous martial-arts scenes goes unrealized; there's no great kung-fu fighting here.
Thank you for your time.
2010-07-04 03:36 am (UTC)
And yet, the box office returns are not bad. It may actually turn a profit.
What I mean to say is, there is no god.
I just saw it tonight and loved it.
2010-07-04 01:51 pm (UTC)
I'm going to assume that's sarcasm.
2010-07-06 12:43 am (UTC)
In that case
I literally, actually can not begin to fathom what someone who loved the show could possibly find redeeming about that irredeemably terrible film.
So I guess what I'm saying is that I think you're wrong, wrong, wrong, and that your ill-considered notions will find no purchase in this community.
2010-07-06 12:13 pm (UTC)
Re: In that case
Is the word "banned" short enough for you to read? <3
I was supposed to go to the midnight showing with some friends but I got sick. They told me about it though. They said they hated it and the audience- those that didn't walk out- booed at the end. They said the ending was a total cop out. We wanted Giant Glowing Godzilla Koi Fishy, not the bs that happened in the film. Also, Earthbenders in a prison made of earth! What was Shyamalan thinking? I really hope there isn't a 2nd, much less a 3rd, film.
I was really dubious from the minute I found out who was directing. As soon as M. Night declared this his "Star Wars" I buried my face in my hands. After the casting debacle (what the fuck was he thinking?) I tried to psyche myself up to give it a chance. What the hell, even he couldn't screw up something as good as Airbender, right?
Then I saw the little 15 minute behind the scenes thingy he did on Nick and he said two things that sealed this movie's fate with me:
1. He loved the Kyoshi warriors but ended up cutting them from the film.
2. That he wanted to balance the humor and darker aspects of the series but the film just kept getting more serious as he went along.
So he cuts Suki and most of the humor and lightheartedness out, picks the wrong actors to play the parts, removes (arguably) the coolest element of the series - its reliance on actual martial arts forms for bending and turns them into this sort of pseudo eastern-looking visual gruel...why was I thinking of watching this again?
I've gone from feeling mild disgust towards the man to hoping this film puts a well deserved nail in his coffin. I'm not really so upset for fans like us, we have the series and we can always just go back and enjoy it whenever we want. No, I'm pissed off at all the potential new fans who are going to see this flick and think, "Wow, people thought this show was good?" I feel like standing outside of the theater handing out season one boxed sets to people and saying, "Do yourself a favor, just go home and watch this instead."
I refuse to see this movie without a Rifftrax. Even then, I will pirate it. After sending the Rifftrax guys my usual donation, of course.