Wow, Sex and the City 2 has some real competition for the worst, most pointless movie of the year. Seriously, why the hell is M. Night Shyamalan still allowed to make movies? The Sixth Sense was great, Unbreakable was better, Signs was… okay, but what since? Anyone remember Lady in the Water? Didn’t think so.
I can’t even begin to explain the virtually unintelligible plot. For what I managed to pull together, the world as we know it is gone and it is now ruled by different “benders.” There’s the evil Firebenders, the quiet Waterbenders, and the polite Earthbenders, with the Airbenders having reached extinction. Until… DUN DUN DUUUN, now.
Two young Waterbenders discover the lone Airbender frozen underwater. This Airbender is an Avatar, which, I think, means he can bend any of the elements; he just has to learn how to do it first.
You with me? Didn’t think so.
My first problem with this movie is that I couldn’t tell what the hell was going on throughout any of it. It’s being marketed as a PG-rated kid’s movie, and let me tell you something, if I don’t understand what’s happening, kids won’t either. Think the 3-D will save face? Not a chance. Shyamalan, like the makers of Prince of Persia and Clash of the Titans, is just the latest sellout to convert his 2-D movie into 3-D during post production. The result? 3-D effects that look about as vivid as a South Park cartoon.
The Last Airbender is based on a popular Nickelodeon anime cartoon. I’m told by trusted sources that the cartoon is actually good. Why change it to live action? Why not release it as a feature-length animated film?
And, lastly, one of my biggest cinematic pet peeves is when a film is shamelessly set up for a sequel, as if Shyamalan is saying, “Haha! Now you have to give me two more films or no one will know how it ends!
I haven’t discussed the music, cinematography, production design or acting. Forgive me. They’re all atrocious. Satisfied?
This first installment focuses solely on the Avatar learning how to Waterbend, and given the film’s lackluster box office performance (it grossed $70 million but cost over double that) we can only pray that this is the last we see of the Airbender. F