The Last Airbender Review
Since I’ve been with my Husband, I’ve been to the movies more often than I ever had before he and I got together. In our time together so far, we have shared movies that we each enjoyed on our own, movies that we both loved equally, and movies like “The Last Airbender,” that he liked and that I really wasn’t fond of.
Going in to see “The Last Airbender,” the only other movie that I had ever seen by M. Night Shyamalan was “The Sixth Sense,” and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t even finish watching that one; it really scared the crap out of me. As we entered the theater, I really had no idea what the movie was going to be about; I hadn’t seen any trailers for the film so I was really going in blind.
“The Last Airbender” started off well enough. In a word where the known elements, i.e.; Earth, Air, Fire and water are ruled by Nations, the Elements go to war. The Fire Nation wages war on the Water and Earth Nations after having already claimed the Air Nation as its own, scattering those from the Air Nation and causing them to be wanderers of the earth. In this world at war rises a champion of the people, Aang, played by Noah Ringer. Though Aang seems to be quite young, perhaps even pre-teen, he is really an elder of the world, a defender of the Air Nation. As a defender of such, Aang has certain abilities which allow him to influence the Air Element around him, making him an Airbender. As Aang explores his abilities when it comes to the Air Element, he is helped along to discover that he may also be capable of manipulating the Earth, Fire, and Water Elements as well. As a result, Aang, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), and Sokka’s sister, Katara (Nicola Peltz), begin their journey to the North Pole for a chance to connect with a Waterbender who could help to enhance and expand Aang’s skills when it comes to Element Bending. In doing so, Aang may be able to save the other Nations and his own people from the Fire Nation, if only he and his friends can keep safe distance between themselves and all those hunting them, including the evil Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) and the Fire Nation rulers themselves!
However, despite the moderately interesting plot and how captivatingly the film began, I still did not enjoy watching “The Last Airbender.” While the plot was interesting, it was not complex, and did not keep my attention throughout the film. There were several points in time while at the theater where I found myself wondering how much longer the film had yet to go, as it felt as though it was dragging in several spots. Additionally, there was nothing really original at all in the plot; it seemed to be a typical action/hero movie with no real twists to speak of. The Special Effects were more than mediocre, but were certainly not great. While the acting was generally good, especially the scenes that included Jackson Rathbone, Noah Ringer wasn’t extraordinary as Aang. While Noah Ringer does look to be the correct age of the character that he plays, which seems to be about twelve, his acting is lacking, especially in the scenes where Aang is clearly to be seen as more than a twelve-year-old boy. Overall though, the cast did a decent job.
For me, the cons of the film outweighed the pros, and quite easily so. I cannot stand films that don’t feel as though they’re ever going to end, and “The Last Airbender” was certainly one of them. This may be a great movie for younger viewers, children, pre-teens, and even early teens will probably enjoy this film far more than any adult will.
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