I recently watched M. Night Shyamalan’s film The Last Airbender in a movie theater, and have been asked by several friends afterwards what I thought. I’m admittedly a bit tardy posting this, but I needed a little time before I could bring myself to write about it in detail.
In short: movie was HORRIBLE, and is an absolute waste of time and money.
This is a big disappointment for me, as I’m a HUGE fan of some of M. Night Shyamalan’s work. Sixth Sense was incredible, Signs was pretty cool if you ignore the religious undertones, and I liked The Village a lot more than most of my friends.
Of course, he’s had his misses. Unbreakable was watchable, while Lady in the Water was not. And The Happening was a complete waste of time – a total letdown, a great concept ruined by bad acting and clearly no clue where to take the creative idea.
Still, the previews for this film looked good, so I grabbed my 3D glasses at the door and sat down to be entertained. And was NOT. This movie was utterly disastrous, with painfully cheesy acting, criminally bad dialogue, and special effects that failed to exceed the previews. The audience actually laughed out loud at some of the dialogue that was supposed to be serious and dramatic – and we know it was supposed to be dramatic, because the deafening score told us so.
And for the record: enough with movies filmed in 2D and converted to 3D to cash in on the Avatar 3D craze. It’s bullshit, it rarely makes the film more enjoyable, and it’s a waste of my three extra dollars. Thanks.
This movie was so bad, it reminded me of my The Golden Compass experience from a few years ago. It wasn’t QUITE that bad, but frankly, I almost wish it was… At least with TGC, the audience started making fun of the movie right there in the theater, collaboratively ripping on it Mystery Science Theatre style. That would’ve been a lot more fun here.
My advice: avoid seeing The Last Airbender in theaters at all costs. Don’t even go if your friend is paying for your tickets (as in my case – and my friend rightfully demanded and received a refund from the theater.) MAYBE see it at home on DVD, with friends, after a few drinks, with a goal of seeing how a good story can be completely ruined by a bad filmmaker.