The Last Airbender

Out Now On-Demand

M. Night Shyamalan's (The Sixth Sense, The Village) adaptation of the hit cartoon show Avatar: The Last Airbender (see more on the show here). The story follows the adventures of Aang, a ten-year-old successor to a long line of Avatars who must put his childhood ways aside and fight the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations!

Includes Slumdog Millionaire's Dev Patel as the villainous Zuko and our own Cliff Curtis as Firelord Ozai.

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  • Andrew Lesnie('The Lord of the Rings', 'King Kong', 'The Lovely Bones')

Adventure, Kids & Family, Fantasy

104mins

Rating: PG Contains Low Level Violence

USA

Official Site

M. Night Shyamalan is back and this time he doesn’t have a big twist to cap off the movie. This is not the world I grew up in. Instead he’s adapting the children’s animated TV series Avatar (no, not that one). The kids will like it – I saw some recreating the big fight scenes after the screening – but there’s not much to enthuse the adults who take them along.

The story itself is a fairly generic fantasy outing and is played without much subtlety or depth. There’s a voiceover that narrates the onscreen action most of the time and some blunt dialogue delivered by wooden actors. Kids will enjoy the supernatural battles but older viewers will pick out the flaws pretty easily. For example, why do the water tribe have so much difficulty defeating their fire opponents when the battle takes place on the ocean?

Ah well, the special effects during these scenes are impressive enough and go some way to making up for the uninspiring production design – bog standard, Oriental influenced. Even if further adaptations are made, this already feels like a poor man’s Lord of the Rings.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.

Christchurch Press (Charlie Gates)

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CHARLIE GATES is unimpressed by a career nosedive from director M Night Shyamalan.

Empire (UK)

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Far from the catastrophe the US bewailed, but still disappointingly clunky. Notch it between Eragon (below) and Dragonslayer (above) on a sliding scale of fantasy filmmaking.

Hollywood Reporter

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Even during the climax, the film still is struggling to introduce the world of the film and its strange rules.

Los Angeles Times

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Airbender, whether intentionally or not, is pegged almost exclusively to a small-fry state of mind.

New York Times

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The problem -- the catastrophe -- of The Last Airbender is not in the conception but the execution. The long-winded explanations and clumsy performances are made worse by graceless effects and a last-minute 3-D conversion that wrecks whatever visual grace or beauty might have been there.

Total Film (UK)

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Half a star for James Newton Howard’s imperious score and another for Andrew Lesnie’s lensing. But even that’s marred by muddy 3D in a film lacking any sort of dimension.

Variety (USA)

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This is all enormously disappointing, of course, since the best we could hope for from a live-action "Avatar" adaptation is the mind-blowing equivalent of our first encounters with wire-fu, rather than this cartoony nonsense.

Enjoyable

I've never seen the show in my life but this was surprisingly okay.


air

It may have been a cartoon but for this director ti turn it into a movie is just unbelivable. It started off well and ended well too.

Entertaining!

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Entertaining!

There are a lot of people out there who are just spoilt rotten with what they see! Far too critical and fried imaginations! Stop watching so much TV! I loved it. Took my 7 year old son, who did point out a few differences, but he totally got invovled in the movie and it brought the cartoon to life for him. He was a big Avatar (the other Avartar) and he still enjoyed this. All those critical moaners need to learn to stop and smell the roses.

WTBF

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WTBF

I CANNOT EVEN GIVE THIS CRAP 1 STAR.I cannot believe how horrid this movie is!!!how could they destroy the life of the cartoon like that..my advice would be save ur cash.if u havent watched the series u shud probably do that first.how i long 2 meet the director and tell him 2 his face that he screwed up!!!i couldnt even finish the movie..those of u asking 4 Toph, the movie was based on the first season ONLY!And the genius saying it made 250 mill its coz people thought it was gonna rock like the series,guys didnt know what to expect so obviously they would by it if they liked the series.advice...DO NOT WATCH IT!


Quite good.

This movie was quite good, but I believe it could have been a million times better. The acting was pretty good but got quite over the top in certain scenes, the fight scenes were awesome but all in all the movie was only quite good, I have seen much better.

nick ya dik

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nick ya dik

its family u nob and that dsnt xcuse anything its a movie made by adults it shud range from 5year olds to 50 year olds,weeeeak movie hope these people don't make the next 1

Get lives

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Get lives

Some of you need to get lives...it's a kids movie

Complete Junk

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Complete Junk

This movie was garbage, if there was a star rating for -5 i'd pick that. This movie had so much potential but the director, some clown that has never seen the cartoons stuffed it all up. all the names were wrong, if you are going to this movie, to think its like the cartoon be prepared to be very disappointed, i know i surely was. the acting was horrible the pronunciation of the names was worse, and the camera work just topped it all off to be rubbish. The director missed out all the important parts. I was also disappointed with his actor choice. the fire lord just looks plain and boring where as he should have long hair and super powerful and strong, but no. The only thing i like about the movie was the martial arts. it was very nicely choreographed. but the bending wasn't "with" it, as in the characters would do all these moves and eventually something would start to happen where as on the cartoon every movement has its little reaction.

In conclusion if i could turn back time and save my 14 dollars i would at a drop of a hat. The whole time i was sitting in my seat i was waiting for it to end.

Average

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Average

Nice eye candy FX but the characters just didn't move me at all. None of the charm of the cartoon.


Ticket cost $10.50 Readings Tuesday Special, Movies worth 10cents.

A string of logic: Shyamalan wrote this, Shyamalan is illiterate; Shyamalan directed this, Shyamalan is a liar!