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13th August 2010

Summary:

War is raging on a world where the elements of Water, Earth, Fire and Air can be controlled by magic - and only one boy, the mystical Avatar, can bring peace. One hundred years ago, the Fire Nation declared war on its neighbours. Now, 12-year-old Aang (Noah Ringer) is called upon to reunite the warring nations and bring about peace. Not only is he the last Airbender, a being with the ability to manipulate currents of air, Aang is the Avatar, the living embodiment of the entire planet. Reluctant to accept his duty, Aang is accompanied by young warrior Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) and his waterbender sister Katar (Nicola Peltz). The journey won't be an easy one. Disgraced Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) has vowed to capture the Avatar and secure the Fire Nation's victory in a bid to restore his own honour. Based on the massively successful animated TV series, this is the first chapter of an epic trilogy.

Review:

After waiting extremely eagerly for this movie, I sat in the theater and was extremely eager for it to END. Ear-oh? Oong? Soak-ah?! Could they have butchered the names anymore than they did? Worse, the entire movie felt like a string of clips put together for an hour and a half and not like a movie at all. All the major parts of the Book of Water were skimmed over, while things like the freeing of the earth nation village (while important) were given screen time that could have been given to major events like the southern air temple.

The actors were dismal, with the exception of Dev Patel as Zuko and to a lesser extent Shaun Toub as Iroh, who wasn't an accurate portrayal of Iroh visually but at least captured the character's wisdom much better than many of the other actors on board for the movie. He however failed to provide many of the aspects of Iroh that made him endearing in the series.

I will give that the northern water kingdom was gorgeous, but that's about all I have to say kindly about this movie.

If you love Avatar: The Last Airbender as the series, I recommend giving this movie a miss. It's heartbreaking how they butchered something that had such fantastic and barely needing change source material.