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THE LAST AIRBENDER MOVIE REVIEW

24 Jun

For the first pop-culture entry on the OMC Tees blog, I’ve decided to post my review of M. Night Shayamalan’s upcoming film “The Last Airbender.” Last week, a friend of mine invited me to attend a special screening of the film. Despite never seeing the cartoon, I thought the trailer looked really cool and since I’m a BIG fan of martial arts films, I figured it would be a fun evening out. Plus, I wanted to give Mr. Shayamalan one last chance to impress me since he’s had a pretty spotty record since “The Sixth Sense.” Note: SPOILERS begin in paragraph four and they are announced.

First, let’s talk casting.  Judging by the previews, I assumed the movie was going to be a martial arts film set in Asia and was totally expecting to see a huge cast of Asian actors. Boy was I wrong! The first scene of the movie plays (after some really cool 3-D credits I might add) and to my surprise the main two characters Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) are white. A few moments later, the star of the film, Aang (Noah Ringer), is introduced and I found myself leaning over to my friend to whisper “is that kid Asian?” She replied, “I don’t know, maybe he’s mixed.” As the film progressed, and Ringer’s southern accent presented itself, I realized two things. One, the casting for this movie is way off and two, my hopes and dreams for a kid martial artist on the same level as Hung Man Ting (Miu Tse) from Jet Li’s “New Legend of Shaolin” (click here) were dashed.

On to the movie…Overall, I thought film was mediocre and all of the acting was pretty lousy across the board. The way the actors delivered each line of dialogue made me cringe and the people behind me sigh. It felt like the actors had spent so much time learning their lines that they had no time to work on making their characters believable. However, this may not have been all their fault since nearly every line of dialogue was so on the nose. Usually movies like this meticulously reveal just enough information about each character and the story to keep us intrigued…not this movie. If you want to know why Princess Yue has blue eyes, she’s going to tell you in a two minute dissertation EXACTLY why her eyes are blue. This struck me as odd since Mr. Shayamalan is known for his “twist” endings and was famously able to keep all of us in the dark with the big reveal in the “Sixth Sense.” I thought how could there be such mystery to those characters (from his other movies), yet these characters in Airbender are singing like canary’s every time they appear on the screen.

SPOILERS BEGIN HERE…

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