gtt wrote:oh, and they changed the pronunciation of alot of the names in the movie. They must have never watched even a single episode. That's the sort of thing that only exists to piss off existing fans of the property, what was the point?
Facepalm wrote:Okay, I haven't seen the movie (or any trailers except for the teaser) and I really love the series. I also really love Shyamalan. He's a great writer-director and understands the medium of film extremely well. And he gets way too much crap from people who dont approach his work with an open mind.
All I'm hearing from reviews of the TLA is "Omfg, it is a disgrace to the TV show."
This is a stupid complaint. You can't ask someone to recreate the TV show. One, because the TV show already exists, so there's no point retelling that same narrative exactly the way it was in the show. Why would you want two versions of the same thing?
Also, the movie is 2 hours. The first season is 10 hours. If you know this going in, how could you have any expectations of the movie being completely faithful to the show?
To be honest, I find adaptations that stick closest to the source material to be the worst kind of adaptation. And I still hold out hope for The Last Airbender. The Happening may have been sloppy, but for critics like Ebert to list The Village on his Worst Of list for that year, it shows that Shyamalan's talent is largely unappreciated and quite possibly is again with this movie.
TYFIGHTER wrote:...I don't even know where to start. The movie was one of the worst I've seen in a long time. I cannot describe how disappointed I am! Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of my favorite series of all time. The show was absolutely brilliant! The fighting, the comedy, the drama, the story... everything in the show was perfect!
However, the movie got NONE of that right. There is ZERO character development. The story is butchered so much that you will have absolutely no idea what anyone's motives or reasons for things are. There is not one funny line in the movie... Not even an attempt at a funny line! It tries to be so serious! The fighting wasn't terrible, but it wasn't great either. And the CG was hit and miss. Sometimes it looked really good, and other times it looked like a mediocre indie film. UGH! Seriously, I don't think you were ever told Katara's name until the scene where she fights Zuko at the Spirit Oasis near the very end. That's how crappy and random the movie was.
To say I am disappointed would be an understatement. M. Night Shyamalan needs to die for this one. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go watch my DVDs of the show and try to remove that steaming pile of crap from my memory.
vivi wrote:Devil, i can see where you're coming from with all people see in his movies. However, after the sixth sense which got amazing reviews because nobody had ever directed a movie of the sort, people will obviously say if he made another movie with a twist ending it is just another sixth sense without the good plot. But I do disagree with the Lady in the Water saying its good, that movie was god awful. The movie really made me want to hit myself violently. The Happening had a cool idea and all, but the movie was just so mediocre its overwhelms the theme of the movie. And I thought unbreakable was a great movie.
gtt wrote:It's bad. really bad. astonishingly bad. not just because of it's deviation from the show(but seriously, only fans of the show are going to know you f*** the names up, why f*** them up?) the acting is terrible, the casting is terrible, the cg looks like crap in a number of spots.
Devil_Rising wrote:Well folks. I went and saw it today. And to be quite honest, it was pretty good.
Yes, that's right, I said it was pretty good.
It could have been a lot better. I certainly would have made it much closer to the show (casting, pronunciation) if I had made it myself. I also would have made it at least half an hour longer to give it slower pacing and fit a bit more in.
But it really wasn't terrible at all. I don't think I trust sites like Rotten Tomatoes, which gave this movie an aggregate score of 6%, when it also gave a piece of steaming s**t movie like Crank 2, literally the only movie I've ever seen that gets worse and worse as it goes along, a 62% score. That right there invalidates pro critics to me.
Like I said this movie could have, and perhaps should have been much better than it is. But having said that, it was worth watching, even as a fan of the show (which again, I am). I understand some of the complaints, but I've seen terrible movies. I've watched Uwe Boll at work. This was not terrible.
Devil_Rising wrote:Three actually. Unbreakable had one right at the end too.
InvalidRobot wrote:M. Night is a bloody joke of a director, and why they gave this show to him I will never understand. He has no experience in child like fantasy films, and of course he would kill the personality of the characters & humor (he's not funny himself)!
Devil_Rising wrote:I went in with tempered expectations to begin with. I knew that he had changed the pronunciation of a few words, and I knew about the casting, neither of which I can say I really like. I also knew that it wasn't going to be Lord of the Rings amazing, or maybe not even Harry Potter good.
AndyTheZombie wrote:It actually looks pretty good. I never watched the cartoon. But it looks like there taking the source material seriously unlike the Dragon ball movie Lol.
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