The Last Airbender (2010)

Genre: Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Running Time: 1 hr. 43 min.
In Theaters: Jul 1, 2010 Wide
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Directed By: M. Night Shyamalan
Written By: M. Night Shyamalan

Just saw the The Last Airbender. This is a fantasy movie based on hit cartoon television series Avatar: The Last Airbender which was aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon TV channel from 2005 to 2008.

To avoid confusion with James Cameron’s Avatar, the title was changed from Avatar: The Last Airbender to simply The Last Airbender. The first part of a planed trilogy, the animated story was brought to life by M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense). The screenplay is written by him and so in the production and direction.

I felt the movie had an ambiance of the The Golden compass and it even came in the same Genre, and of course the story is different. I liked the concept of physical control or bending abilities of the 4 elements Air, Water, Fire and Earth by humans. I guess such concepts of the control of the elements come from our desire or fantasy to control these elements physically with our physical body and mind…. which ofcourse is not possible for us to do as the laws of nature forbid us from having such powers. So to see a movie in such rules of nature are broken and the human mind and body has control of the elements and its physics is beautiful and alluring. The kids will love it for sure.

I checked the reviews on the movie on the net which is not all on the bright side. I don’t blame them. The acting, dialogues and narration in some scenes seems to dead like. But the animation effects of the “bending” of the elements were very effective I must say. I guess Shyamalan did cover some of his short comings by the brilliant special effects. The movie could have surely been made more effective in its presentation, narration, dialogues and more engaging actors in delivering the story with a stronger punch that both adults and kids would have admired it for long. But as said earlier this is not the case.

There is a controversy regarding the casting of the characters in the movie. The critics cry that Shyamalan took to racism when giving roles to the lead characters and excluded Asian or American-Asian actors from the main roles. also as the basic concepts used in the movie of the Elements and also all the martial arts stuff evolve from the cultures of the East.

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