Are you an Avatar fan? I am. I'm talking about the Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender (The Legend of Aang). It is an animated TV series that aired on the Nickelodeon channel and follows the journey of Aang, a 12 year old air nomad, who had been chosen to become the Avatar, who can control all four elements (air, water, earth and fire) with the sole purpose of defeating the evil Firelord Ozai, ending the war and restoring peace to all four nations: the Water Tribe, the Fire Nation, the Earth Kingdom and the Air Nomads. *breathes* That was quite a mouthful. :)
Upon airing in February of 2005, Avatar: The Last Airbender immediately captured its critics and audience's interest, both young and old. It has been nominated for and won awards from various award-giving bodies and gained a very huge following all over the globe. It is renowned for its very lovable characters, amazing martial arts and excellent visuals. It is definitely one of the most incredible TV shows ever made.
There are rumors, speculating that an Avatar spin-off mini-series (Avatar: The Legend of Korra) is currently on the works and will premiere in 2012.
When I first heard about the news that there are Hollywood plans to make a live action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender, I was just ecstatic! I love the series. L. O. V. E. When the movie finally came out July 2010, I watched it without thinking twice. I should have read some reviews first. The movie was a disappointment.I didn't expect the movie to be exactly the same as the cartoon. Of course, it would be really really cool to see all 20 episodes, compressed inside the 2hour movie, but I didn't think it was possible. However, I did expect a good, if not great, movie. Not.... this.
There are lots of negative reviews about the movie. The fans of Nick's Avatar have been complaining about the wrong casting of the actors. Sokka and Katara are both white-skinned, when in fact they are supposed to be tanned people. There was also a racism issue circulating around the movie.
I was gravely disappointed on the actors. Katara who is a feisty waterbender in the series became someone who just existed, soley for the purpose of having the character in the movie. Sokka, who is very humorous and entertaining while being sarcastic at the same time, became dull and humorless and didn't leave a mark. I actually questioned their existence in the film.
There was no Sokka humor. If you've watched the series, then you know it wouldn't be the same without Sokka and his sarcastically funny one-liners. Frankly, I consider Sokka as the best character in the series. He's just too hilarious to ignore.
Fire benders use their internal body heat as a source of their fire bending. It's like, they are able to conjure fire from thin air. In the movie, the fire benders could only control pre-existing fire. The film looked RUSHED. They pronounced the names wrong. The acting were painfully awkward. The lines were delivered without conviction. The bending was all wrong. When a bender bends an element during an attack, it moves with the steps. In the movie, the benders waved their hands and made 5-10 moves before an element attack actually took place. Also, there were so many ridiculous slo-mo movements, I couldn't help but shake my head in disgust.
There were some very important and pivotal scenes in the series that weren't given screentime in the movie. Many great characters were not included in the movie. Important characters like King Bumi, Jet, Roku, Suki, Kyoshi or any of the Kyoshi warriors. They should have been introduced in Book1 because they're recurring characters in the following books.
If you've watched the movie and you liked it, then good for you. If you're a series fan, watched the movie and liked it, then good for you as well. But if you're a series fan, watched the movie and came out feeling like you just wasted money on some crap, I feel you.
It was said that Shamalayan watched the series with his kids.. that "watching Avatar has become a family event in my house ... - M. Night Shyamalan". But after watching this movie, I doubt if that statement's true. The movie didn't even come close to the magnificently crafted Nickelodeon series.
New york Times
Nickelodeon: Avatar: The Last Airbender
Wikipedia: Avatar: The Last Airbender
IMDB: Avatar: The Last Airbender
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