“The Last Airbender” Rises in The Box Office, but Falls Short in Reviews

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M. Night Shyamalan has done it again! He has let us down with another movie flop this summer. With much anticipation surrounding the release of “The Last Airbender,” moviegoers were excited to see if M. Night Shymalan could “whoa” us with unbelieveable graphics and a flawless storyline. But without a doubt we were left disappointed when walking away from the theaters.

All of the hype that was created around the film did get people to line-up at the theaters, but left

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everyone wanting to walk-out half way through the movie. The film’s box office success this past holiday weekend shows that the dedicated fans of the animated series were hoping for something spectaclar. The film raked in $40 milllion and fell in the number 2 spot, right behind the summer hit, “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

But the numbers don’t reflect the disappointment that the viewers expressed after watching a film filled with more narration and dialogue, than meaningful cinematography.

“The Last Airbender” is based upon the Nickelodeon animated series, “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” The show aired on television for three seasons and is going to be made into a triology. The elements of magic and martials arts were put into real-life action when Nickelodeon teamed up with Paramount Pictures to create the triology in 2007. M. Night Shyamalan jumped on board when he became interested in the animated series, and wanted to be a part of the film’s creation.

Without spoiling the whole entire triology, the story is based in a magical world that is divided into four nations: water, fire, earth, and air. These nations begin to conflict and only one can bring peace to the feud-Aang. He is the last Avatar that has the ability to manipulate all four elements and will be hopefully be able to restore the peace between the dueling nations. So, what can we expect from Aang? Or more importantly, what can we expect from M. Night Shyamalan and the next two installments? I guess we will have to wait and see.

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  1. mattmchugh

    July 6, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    As a huge fan of the TV show, I hope this movie makes enough money to merit sequels — of course, turned over to other writer/directors. This film was supposed to launch a billon dollar fantasy franchise, something all but impossible now, even with a complete re-boot for Part 2. Make no mistake: M. Night Shyamalan single-handedly killed any chance for “The Last Airbender” to move into Harry Potter territory.

    If there is any justice in this world, Paramount will relieve Shyamalan of his “Airbender” duties and hand the franchise to a director who’s ability to think like an audience hasn’t atrophied from a decade of navel-gazing self-indulgence.

    — mm

  2. sumdyude

    July 7, 2010 at 1:22 am

    We thought this was a pretty good, decent, intelligent movie, not great, but good for the buck. Do not understand such extremist negative reviews like walking out of the movie and such..please, this shows you have a personal problem, it is not the movie. These critics should be plain ignored. Hope we get more sequels from M. Night..he is in a league of his own.

  3. Jake Tyler

    July 7, 2010 at 1:28 am

    Agree with sumdyude – why so much anger against Shyamalan? I and my family watched the film and thought it was oustanding. I hope they make two more sequels and that Night is in charge!

    This film rocked!

  4. jack

    July 7, 2010 at 7:51 am

    I liked the film and i dont know why the critics gave thumbs down. One of the critic said this film makes DragonballEvolution look like masterpiece. Strange really strange. I wonder whether they have seen the same movie or not.

  5. Amitava

    July 7, 2010 at 10:43 am

    Very strange indeed. An extremely concerted effort too. I never saw this explosion of hate which can be compared with a form of yellow journalism.

  6. chadz

    July 7, 2010 at 10:50 am

    i totally agree with sumdyude this was a good movie and i want m.night to direct the others two a reboot would be stupid

  7. mattmchugh

    July 7, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Too long to post here, but here’s my “Let the healing begin” blog entry:

    **12 Things I Liked About the Crappy Airbender Movie **

    – mattmchugh

  8. Zuko

    August 14, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Jake Tyler – have you bothered to even see the series? The extreme disappointment comes from fans of the cartoons who are shocked by how far short the movie fell from the original material. If you have never seen the series, you have no idea.

  9. James

    August 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I agree with Zuko
    Everyone that says it was a great movie says they went with their kids. They have not seen the series and what the movie lacks compared to it.
    Avatar was a funny yet action packed show with characters were complicated with detailed backgrounds
    too bad it took backseat to CGI effects and a few seconds of 3D
    It was an Asian based series and its sad to see that even Aang a monk cant be asian
    so i can see where people compare it to goku and dragonball evolution which was terrible…

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