Saturday, August 21, 2010

Review: The Last Airbender in 3D....NOT!!

The Last Tai Chi Master? 

MY RATING:  Just half a star for actually existing 

I watched this movie on it's premier day on the 5th of August. I only just started this blog, so this posting is a bit outdated but i felt i had to get it out there.

Overall summary: The Last Tai Chi Master.....opps! I mean The Last Airbender (TLA) was IMHO the worst movie i've ever watched, maybe even the worst ever made. Before this movie, the worst movies i've watched were The X-MEN and ULTRAVIOLET but after watching TLA, the x-men and ultraviolet have been relegated to 2nd and 3rd place. Watching TLA, was more like watching an instructional video for TAI CHI in 3D. There wasn't actually anything 3D about it, except maybe one or two scenes. There was very little action. The fight scenes a.k.a Tai Chi moves did not look 3D to me.  The villains were unimpressive and they way they died was even more unimpressive. M. Night Shyamalan has sunk to an all time low in his movie direction. Seriously, even Unbreakable was wayyyyy better than this movie. It's sad how far he's sunk from his best work "The Sixth Sense". One could even say he's a one hit wonder. Anyways, here's my review of The Last Airbender, although you can obviously see it's gonna be a bad one.

PLOT: The movie's plot was VERY VERY different from the animation series. Why oh why! must movie directors and producers insist on changing the plot to an adaptation movie till it's almost unrecognisable from the original. Sometimes it's okay to change a plot to make it more interesting for the big screen but please make sure that IT IS INTERESTING to begin with. Don't even get me started on how they screwed up the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) movie. They made a lot of mistakes that made it confusing for people who attempted to read the book only after watching the movie. I had read the books before watching the movie and lets just say that it put me off from wanting to watch the other movies.

CINEMATOGRAPHY: what can i say about was unimpressive and DULL DULL DULL! There was nothing that warranted it to be made 3D. I should have just watched the normal and definitely cheaper version. The special effects was there but blink and you'd have missed it. 

ACTING/CHARACTERS: The actors did not have any chemistry with each other. Sokka was not funny like he is in the animation. The only people who made the martial arts moves not look like Tai Chi moves were the Earth Benders, who were consequently Chinese and that's why i think they made it work. The water benders were Caucasian and the Fire Benders were Indians so they looked like they were trying a bit too hard to make the "martial arts" moves look authentic. I'm not saying they couldn't have made it work but in this movie they failed to make it believable. The villains were not villainy enough. They were killed too easily and they way they died was unmemorable.

THE ENDING (NO SPOILERS): After the movie ended, it left me with a feeling of relief. Relief....that the TORTURE was OVER! It also left me with a sense of regret....regret that I wasted my TIME and MONEY on this crap of a movie. There's nothing positive i can say about it. Usually i can squeeze out a few positive sentences, even for the Harry Potter movies, even for ultraviolet (at least there was Mila Jovovich, who i think is better at action movies than Angelina Jolie) and even for .......gasp.....the X-men movies (at least there was eye-candy a.k.a Hugh Jackman).

Come hither and waste thy money on this movie


  1. Haha like what they did to Dragonball (at least this one is slightly ok than the Last Aibender). Cramped everything into a single movie and made major changes.. it was still terrible and painful to watch.

    I am really really hoping (finger crossed) that nobody will ever mess with Bleach or Naruto. I don't want it to be a real action movie!!!! GOD FORBIDS!!

  2. Oh yess....agreed! A Bleach big screen adaptation would be an epic....disaster. I wonder which Caucasian actor will play the role of Kurosaki Ichigo because that's what they did with the last airbender. The water benders were all Caucasians. it was a bad adaptation...even the x-men movie, which failed to catch the essence of the x-men animation, was at least entertaining enough.