Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Last Airbender (2010)

How bad is it? Overblown, lethargic and uninvolving.
Should you see it? No (but you probably have already).

This has a cult following due to its being based on a cult children's TV show that I think one has to have watched for the film to be intelligible. The film is highly expository, trying to explain the rules of the world of the film and just who everyone is and it drags on forever. M. Night Shyamalan directed and shows that his early successes were flukes; the story begs to be done in animation, the special effects are good (but not the quality one expects given the budget) and they tacked on 3-D. The only actor one will recognize is Dev Patel and he's miscast. The plot involves trying to create harmony among tribes of people who can "bend" earth, air, water or fire.

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