The Last Airbender (Avatar movie), for those of you that watched the show
I went and saw the midnight premier last night, extremely excited. I love the cartoon and it has been a lot of fun watching.
Well, anyways, I was curious as to if anyone else saw the movie and their thoughts, as I thought it was god awful. I'm going to put up spoiler tags because I'd like to post my disgust with the movie, but I don't want to show a bunch of stuff if people don't want to read it, but see it on their own. Which, I don't suggest you do. Such a was of money. M. Night did a HORRIBLE job on the script and did the show no justice. This movie was the worst hackjob I have seen in a long time.
So seriously, it was an hour and forty-five minutes of the worst script and dialogue I have heard in a long time. The cast was pretty damn great. Everyone sounded the way they were supposed to, the actors did justice to their characters. But, the script they were given DIDN'T.
First thing that was stupid. They mispronounced almost everyones name. There were tons of characters that had their names said wrong, including Aang and his title of the Avatar. That was just silly.
There was absolutely NO character development whatsoever. They spent about 10 minutes at the Southern Water Tribe, then boom, all the sudden they are at the Air Temple. They don't show any of the traveling. It was seriously like M. Night took the first season and just deleted scenes and sections from it. Now, you might think that is usually what should be done. But he didn't really do anything to make up for what he cut.
There were no animals either. They had Appa, Momo and the lizard creatures that the Fire Nation ride in the trailer, but that is it. The whole world that was created with the unique animals wasn't there at all. And even though they had Appa and Momo, they seemed like an afterthought. They weren't important at all. As far as you, the watcher understands, they are just teleporting across the planet. It just cuts from scene to scene and all the sudden they are at a different place.
Firebenders couldn't bend fire unless they had it with them. They can't make it themselves. So the Fire Nation carried around torches.
And, they cut so many characters that were important. Fuck, they even cut characters that they had casted. Suki was cast as the Keyoshi warrior, but they weren't in the movie at all. Neither was Jet, or Bhumi.
There was just so much wrong with this movie that I'm actually furious. And it's not just because I'm a fan of the film. There was seriously SO MUCH wrong with it. It would be so much worse if you had walked into this movie and had never seen the show before. You would seriously have no fucking clue as to what was going on. It would have been an even worse movie for the crowd that hadn't seen the cartoon.
There was so much more that was wrong and I keep going back and forth between everything that I can say. Like how Iroh had a dragonball z moment, Koe the face stealer was replaced by a random dragon (I'm assuming it was Roku's, but they never say or really mention Roku), how Aang took his first adventure to the spirit world the first time he went into the Avatar state. Seriously. When he finds out the monks are all dead, he flots and goes Avatar state like in the cartoon, but then he goes to the spirit world. They never even explain the fucking Avatar state or mention why it happens to him.
It was a fucking waste of money. I was so disappointed. I really, REALLY hope they stop M. Night from writing the next script, because I know he is working on it. They need to get someone else.
I have so much more wrong that I want to say. I would essentially have to recite the whole script for you to understand my disgust. Which, would be pretty easy to do since the lines were so bad they are that easy to remember. And, they skipped so much that I can remember exactly what they skipped, and what they skipped to. Fuck.
I will say this though. The scenery was beautiful. He did a good job there. I had no issues with the cast or the jobs they did (except Ozai and Zhao, I wish they would have casted different actors for them). I am only furious about the script. Since the script was awful, it made everything else awful, including the characters. The script and his directing ruined everything. By the time I left, I hated every single character. Aang was whiney, Ozai wasn't terrifying, just some calm guy, and Zhao was a dick, then he became annoying REALLY fast. If you see it, you'll understand with his constant talk of the library and scrolls he found. Since there was no character development, each character that I loved was painted in a new, different light. And there was no reason to like any of them.
Bad screenwriting from M. Night Pretentiouscrap? Unbelievable!
The Happening sucked hard, but I was really hoping since this wasn't an original script from him that he wouldn't fuck it up. But he did, BAD. The thing I don't fucking understand is that he said he was a huge fan of the cartoon. How the hell could he butcher something so bad that he was a giant fan of. It seemed like he never even watched the show.
He even did that here. He changed the ending of the first season. When Aang is supposed to go all Avatar state and demolish the hell out of the Fire Nation, he creates that huge wave of water, like in the trailer. In the trailer, you never see the water hit....because he doesn't do anything with it. He holds the wall of water there to frighten them away, then gently sets it back down. That was supposed to be a huge moment where he hurts a lot of people, then tears himself up over it later in the next season. Now that whole plot is gone. Then after that, the Northern Water tribe and remaining Fire Nation that were trapped bow to him.....wtf?
Last edited by Orsusmetal; 07-01-2010 at 05:14 PM.
It's also you sort of expect a plot twist at the end now since that's his MO, so it doesn't surprise you. He did 6th Sense, right? That was a good movie, I thought, but by the time you got to, um Bruce Willis as superhero who survives train crash, the writing had started to peter out, and since he was famous for his plot twists now, you knew SOMETHING would happen.
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