After hearing nothing but bad reviews over the years, I decided to give The Last Airbender a try. I never got around to seeing the series on TV, but I have seen a few episodes. I do, however, have friends who are fans of it, and are horrified by the movie.
My view is that the movie is indeed bad. There are complaints about how the characters names are not even pronounced the right way, or that Aang (Noah Ringer, who could have been great if his role was written to be less boring) is not as cheery as he was in the cartoon. Basically, for those who don’t know, you have a war between fire benders and all other benders (water, earth, and the rare airbenders). Aang is the last of the airbenders, known as the Avatar (which they could not put in the title lest they wanted confusion with the James Cameron Epic).
The special effects are not as bad as I would have thought (not saying they are good, they are just so so). The acting is, at many times, pretty over the top, and that is not a good thing here. The main person at fault here is the director, M. Night Shyamalan. I think this would be the movie that has cemented his legacy as a one trick pony director (The Sixth Sense, although I did enjoy Signs and have heard good things about Unbreakable). The story line is so jammed fire codes are being broken.
Parents, there is nothing here to be worried about. The problem is, there is hardly anything here good at all (although some of the costumes and music weren’t that bad). Still I have seen worse.
Overall: 1 Star *