The Last Airbender
on MAR. / 23 / 2011 | 0 comments
Review by Elizabeth Brown
This film follows a young boy named Aang on his journey to become the Avatar. Aang is an airbender, which means he has the abilities to manipulate air. He is found, by his soon-to-be friends, Katara (a waterbender) and Sooka. Aang finds out that the Fire Nation has started a war against all the other nations. It is up to Aang and his friends to save the Earth and Water Nations. This movie is based on Book 1: Water, in the Nickelodeon animated series, "Avatar: the Last Airbender."
I was looking forward to seeing this film and I did enjoy it, so let me explain why I gave it only 3 stars. If I were to rate the movie on the amazing scenes, the intricate costume design, the magical landscapes and the special effects that were very well done, then I would have given the movie 4 or even 5 stars. But, calculating in the acting that was not great and that the martial arts could have been more disciplined, I had to give the movie only 3 stars.
If you have never seen the series "Avatar: the Last Airbender," then this movie would be an amazing adventure that you should be excited to go on. Sadly, if you did watch the series, then there are a few things that are different, enough to annoy. For one, the characters are much more serious and less light-hearted in the movie than they are in the series. Also, they pronounce Aang differently, pronouncing the double A as a U sound. I also would have liked to have seen Aang ride an air ball, like he does so often in the series. There are many other differences, but these are the ones that really stuck out to me.
While I greatly enjoyed the movie, some viewers may have to get over the bad acting and the fact that it is not based highly on the TV show, in order to enjoy it.
Now available in stores, THE LAST AIRBENDER DVD/Blu-ray Combo pack boasts over two hours of in-depth, behind-the-scenes special features including a nine-part documentary on the making of the film, a featurette entitled “Origins of the Avatar”, deleted scenes, a gag reel, picture-in-picture notes and more.