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The Last Airbender: Movie Review
Neoavatara ^ | July 1, 2010 | Neoavatara

Posted on 07/01/2010 8:27:47 AM PDT by Neoavatara

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TOPICS: Hobbies; Miscellaneous; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: avatar; blogpimp; lastairbender; movies; thelastairbender

1 posted on 07/01/2010 8:27:51 AM PDT by Neoavatara
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To: Neoavatara

By far, the most disappointing movie of the summer; and probably should end M. Night Shyamalan’s once heralded career.

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I thought “The Village” should have done that!


2 posted on 07/01/2010 8:36:57 AM PDT by pgkdan (I Miss Ronald Reagan!)
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To: Neoavatara

Crap.
I watch “Airbender” with my girls (8 and 10) and we LOVE this cartoon. I was hoping the movie would do it some justice, but this review is disheartening.


3 posted on 07/01/2010 8:38:10 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: SJSAMPLE

I’ll wait to see what Fat Guys at the Movies say. They have been a good predictor for me as to whether I will enjoy a movie or not.


4 posted on 07/01/2010 8:40:07 AM PDT by Ingtar (If he could have taxed it, Obama's hole would have been plugged by now.)
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To: Neoavatara

OK, I feel ya, dont waste our money.......what’s the signature M Night “trick” ending? That the Avatar boy is actually dead and in a dream?


5 posted on 07/01/2010 8:43:06 AM PDT by max americana
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To: max americana

It’s for the kids. Keep repeating this


6 posted on 07/01/2010 8:44:21 AM PDT by rstrahan
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To: Neoavatara

Looks like Jonah Hex and Predators will be at the top of my list for movies to watch next then.


7 posted on 07/01/2010 8:44:34 AM PDT by Centurion2000 (If I don't like you, it's most likely your culture or your ideology that pissed me off.)
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To: Neoavatara
I was really looking forward to taking my 10 year old son to see this. We both have enjoyed the animated series over the last few years.
8 posted on 07/01/2010 8:44:45 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: rstrahan

They said that about Lady in the Water but nobody told us..


9 posted on 07/01/2010 8:47:15 AM PDT by max americana
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To: Neoavatara

I went to the midnight show last night with my daughter and son-in-law, both of whom are big fans of the series. We all agreed that the movie was not well done. It had no detail or complexity, just moved from one huge development to the next without explanation. Suggest saving this one for a rental.

MM (in TX)


10 posted on 07/01/2010 8:47:40 AM PDT by MississippiMan (http://gogmagogblog.wordpress.com/)
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To: Neoavatara
M. Night Shyamalan.

That's all you need to know.

11 posted on 07/01/2010 8:48:04 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: pgkdan

We’ve always called him, M. Night Shyama-lama-ding dong.


12 posted on 07/01/2010 8:55:07 AM PDT by dragonblustar ("... and if you disagree with me, then you sir, are worse than Hitler!" - Greg Gutfeld)
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To: Neoavatara

My 2 daughters both liked the cartoon series. I liked to tease them with euphemisms about “airbending” meaning “passing gas”.


13 posted on 07/01/2010 9:09:38 AM PDT by Horkster ("Money will buy most anything in this country - even a Muslim Communist Presidency." - RoadTest)
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To: Neoavatara
Thanks for the heads up, the previews looked good, and I really enjoyed "The Sixth Sense", "Unbreakable", "Signs", and mildly enjoyed "The Village".

Was kind of looking forward to this, Oh well there are other movies to spend my money on.

14 posted on 07/01/2010 9:13:39 AM PDT by verga (I am not an apologist, I just play one on Television)
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To: Ingtar
I’ll wait to see what Fat Guys at the Movies say. They have been a good predictor for me as to whether I will enjoy a movie or not.

Roger Ebert Review: 1/2 star: "The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.

http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100630/REVIEWS/100639999

15 posted on 07/01/2010 9:25:12 AM PDT by Aaron0617
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To: Aaron0617

Ebert panning it almost assures that I will enjoy it.


16 posted on 07/01/2010 9:40:20 AM PDT by Ingtar (If he could have taxed it, Obama's hole would have been plugged by now.)
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To: Neoavatara

Currently scoring 6% at Rotten Tomatoes with 62 reviews in. Stinks on ice.


17 posted on 07/01/2010 9:49:19 AM PDT by discostu (like a dog being shown a card trick)
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To: Neoavatara

Movie is projected to only make $50 MM over the extended weekend which is not that great for a $150 MM blockbuster type movie. Given the bad work-of-mouth the movie might not top its budget in domestic BO.


18 posted on 07/01/2010 10:05:24 AM PDT by C19fan
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To: C19fan

At this rate, I doubt it makes anywhere close to $50 million.

I cannot explain how disappointed I am about this film without using several curse words.


19 posted on 07/01/2010 10:07:46 AM PDT by Neoavatara (http://neoavatara.com/blog)
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To: Neoavatara

Airbender - a 3 season epic toon. I watch when I can but even the toon has bad spots.

So, how do you take (about) 26 hours of toon view time and make a ‘good’ 2.5 hour movie?

You don’t. Becasue a person simply cannot.

Cowboy Bebop (and even that was animated) made a good movie because it was, in essence, an extended episode.

THe same might apply for a good book, full of detail, plot twists etc - a movie simply does not have the time to do justiice to an existing and popular work.

There are a few exceptions, but most do not work.


20 posted on 07/01/2010 12:00:00 PM PDT by ASOC (Things are not always as they appear, ask the dog chasing the car)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Guess I’m the odd man out. My family and I thoroughly enjoyed “The Last Airbender”. To those who thought it stunk, a rasberry to you! :-)


21 posted on 07/06/2010 6:09:06 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy inas whatever room he walks into.)
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To: Neoavatara

OK you’ve posted a link to your blog.

You’ve got a link to your blog in your sig.

Your blog name is the same as your posting name.

And you won’t say what you don’t like about the movie.

Is your post, any better than your alleged opinion of the movie? Please without pimping your blog, perhaps you can explain to readers what exactly it is you didn’t like about the movie?

Hmm?


22 posted on 07/06/2010 6:15:00 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RR1fDL7x1Sg)
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To: Centurion2000

I’m with you both of those qft


23 posted on 07/06/2010 6:19:10 AM PDT by downwdims (It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority)
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To: Horkster

We call it, “The Last Air Biscuit”.
Great minds think alike.


24 posted on 07/06/2010 6:21:42 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: COBOL2Java

What did you like about it? What made it enjoyable for you and your family?


25 posted on 09/10/2010 9:03:47 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: COBOL2Java
I think it makes a difference if you are very familiar with the original animated series.

We'd been following it from the beginning. All in all, we thought the movie followed the original series pretty closely.

26 posted on 09/11/2010 7:38:49 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

I’m familiar with the original series; were there any differences in characterization or plot that you thought were improvements to the series, or anything you didn’t care for in that regard?


27 posted on 09/11/2010 10:30:49 AM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito
My family liked how they made the different nations into different races. Fire Nation seemed middle eastern; Water Nation was inuit; Earth Nation were asian; Air Benders seemed more universal. We kind of wished Sokka was a little more goofy, like the animated series.

I particularly liked how Aang was portrayed. The weight of the world showed in his emotions, especially the very last scene of the movie, when the Water Nation bowed to him - the look on his face said it all. And the scene earlier when he returned to the monk's temple and saw the devastation; "I was just here yesterday!"

I do hope the producers let Shaymalan make the remainder of the 3-part series. I think the final battle with the Phoenix King in live action/CGI would be awesome.

28 posted on 09/11/2010 12:41:46 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

I might take the movie in. I often thought that Aang was portrayed *too* much like a carefree American kid.

But he was raised by monks, and he had recently (give or take a century. :-) )been told that he had an important job to do.

I suspect that a young boy raised in a life of great discipline would not act like the Aang in the cartoon.


29 posted on 09/11/2010 12:49:46 PM PDT by Immerito
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To: Immerito
I suspect that a young boy raised in a life of great discipline would not act like the Aang in the cartoon.

That's a very good observation, and the Aang in the movie is more in line with that type of behavior, as opposed to the Aang in the animated series.

30 posted on 09/11/2010 1:18:44 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: COBOL2Java

One thing I read somewhere is that the movie bends over backwards in emphasizing non violent reactions; Zuko is prohibited from dueling Zhao; Aang, although he drives away the Fire Nation warships, does not sink the ships (thereby enabling them to be prepared to fight another day, when the Avatar is not assisting the Water Tribe).

Is this accurate? What are your thoughts?


31 posted on 09/11/2010 9:23:16 PM PDT by Immerito
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