“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
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.