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If It Bends, It's Funny! If It Breaks, It's Mr. Beaks's THE LAST AIRBENDER Review!

When M. Night Shyamalan bottomed out creatively for the second time in his career, with 2006's LADY IN THE WATER, there was still hope that this undeniably talented artist might, if his ego would allow it, reinvent himself as a director of other writers' material. Visually, he still had the gift; all he needed to do was wed it to someone else's story. Then he went and made THE HAPPENING, an uproariously funny piece of accidental self-parody that, while enjoyable on many unintentional levels, felt aesthetically anonymous. In terms of craft, it was a clear regression: poorly acted, perfunctorily shot (at best) and slackly paced. Shyamalan had already lost his voice as a writer; now, the flair was gone from his filmmaking. When Shyamalan signed on to direct a big-screen version of Mike DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko's animated series AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, the thinking was that he'd finally been humbled into true collaboration; here was the opportunity to get out of his own head, and consider story from a different perspective. But he just couldn't loosen the reins. He had to write the damn screenplay. The result is, remarkably, a new low for Shyamalan, and one of the most stunningly inept studio films I've ever seen. In 3D. Kind of. Burdened by an never-ending onslaught of expository dialogue awkwardly delivered by actors giving career-worst performances across the board, THE LAST AIRBENDER is so outrageously bad it's a wonder it ever got before cameras. Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy, veteran producers who know better, should've shut down production the minute Shyamalan turned in his first draft and found a writer with a vision for the material. Or just a writer with a vision, period. Rotten as it was, at least THE HAPPENING contained perceivable (if mutated) traces of Shyamalan's creative DNA; no one could make a movie that insanely moronic and not mean it. If only he'd brought that lunatic conviction to THE LAST AIRBENDER. Unfortunately, Shyamalan's disinterest in the material is palpable from the opening moments, where young water-bender Katara and her brother Sokka discover Aang, the hero of the title who, it's hoped, will restore balance to the natural world. There's no magic or wonder to any of this, just characters moving the plot along with dialogue that should've been relegated to the opening title crawl. To be honest, the whole film plays like an opening title crawl. Having only watched bits and pieces of the series, I can't speak to how hideously Shyamalan has travestied the Season One narrative; I have, however, seen plenty of dense stories badly truncated to fit a two-hour running time, and THE LAST AIRBENDER feels like a movie that's rushing from one plot point to the next in order to satisfy fans with as many obligatory scenes as possible. Judging from the response from the kid sitting behind me (who kept explaining the significance of certain characters and locations to his bewildered parents), the importance of telling a coherent story was secondary to "fan service" - an idea that should be as insulting to viewers who've invested time and energy in the mythology of the show as it is to those of us who simply crave a transporting night at the movies. The TWILIGHT movies are guilty of the same kind of pandering, and, considering how wildly successful those films continue to be, it's likely that "fan service" will be all that's required of screenwriters transferring popular texts (or toys) to the big screen (that said, kudos to these AIRBENDER fans for being more discriminating than the TWI-hards). This could be the new world of event filmmaking: give 'em what they know. And if that ain't good enough, convert it to 3D so you can extract an extra few dollars from their wallets. Given today's harsh financial realities, this is an appalling notion. Kids love THE LAST AIRBENDER, and they'll demand to see it with all the bells and whistles lest they get excluded from the playground postmortem. So parents are pressured to shell out for the top-of-the-line presentation - even though, in this case, the film is far from a top-of-the-line experience. Whereas CLASH OF THE TITANS was pilloried for its aggressive, headache-inducing 3D conversion, THE LAST AIRBENDER deserves to be savaged for going too far in the other direction. Having lost interest in the film after the first reel, I kept myself interested by occasionally taking off my glasses to see if this abomination was somehow more tolerable in boring ol' 2D. To my surprise, many shots were in 2D. Though the ratio definitely favored converted shots to unconverted shots, the fact that a healthy chunk of the film was perfectly viewable sans glasses seemed a gesture of bad faith - especially since the 3D moments were so underwhelming they barely enhanced the movie at all, and only served to dim the image. In fact, if I were cinematographer Andrew Lesnie (whose ability to compose in darkness should be unquestioned after THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy), I'd be incensed that my work was being degraded to the point that it's practically unwatchable. All of his moonlit blues have been reduced to a sickly greenish hue. After a while, Shyamalan's failure is dwarfed by the galling greed of the producers and the studio. Sadly, by jacking up the ticket prices on a movie this pre-sold, they'll probably all come skipping out of this debacle like they delivered something akin to a triumph. So sit back, watch the money pile up, and celebrate another runaway blockbuster loved by no one. Faithfully submitted, Mr. Beaks

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  • July 1, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    So, nobody likes it?

    by schadenfreudian

    I am getting that right?

  • July 1, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by TheHumanBeingAndFish

    Right now, it has a 6% fresh on rottentomatoes. I'm not sure I've ever seen a lower score there for a big-budget movie by a big-name filmmaker.

  • July 1, 2010, 4:34 p.m. CST


    by Chocolate_Giddyup

    was it good?

  • July 1, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    If Aang has raped Katara, Beaks would have loved it


    You know I'm right!

  • July 1, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    That good, huh?

    by Ribbons

  • July 1, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    But what did Armond White think?

    by PinkFloyd7

    It seems more and more clear that M. Night is a Hollywood hack like Brett Ratner who just got lucky with his first movie.

  • July 1, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I can't contain it any longer

    by Lone Fox

    I've not liked ANY of Shyamalan's films. None! Unbreakable was okay, but once was enough. Ah, it was rubbish, what am I saying. Signs hahahahahahaha. The rest blah ha etc. To be fair, I haven't seen Sixth Sense as a UK TV presenter spoiled the twist live on air a  couple of weeks after it opened. That and I can't take the 'I see dead people' scene seriously. Hey, that felt good!

  • July 1, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Fucking shame

    by MoistMuskyCamelToe

    You really have to your head on backwards to screw up TLA. Great source material and visuals should have been a sure thing. I'd foolishly hoped that the only criticism would be that it was "too much" like the original series. Nice fucking job, you lazy ass cheese weasel.

  • July 1, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Wow, everyone saw tthis movie for free apparently

    by RPLocke

  • July 1, 2010, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Fuck the film industry now..

    by Judge_Dredd

    Too many shit lackluster movies coming out. What the hell has happened?

  • July 1, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Hell, at least Ratner knows he's a talentless turd...

    by Keblar

    and just cashes his checks. MNS still comes across as an pretentious prick with the undeserved arrogance of an auteur, coupled with inexplicably confident self promotion. The more I think about it the more it seems like the acts of a full fledged con-man who has convinced an industry that he's this generations Hitchcock for the sole purpose of squeezing out the perpetual one more chance, knowing all the while that he can NEVER deliver. Like a Hollywood Ponzi scheme. Except some of us knew better than to throw away our $$ at the Box Office 3 films ago.

  • July 1, 2010, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    So there are breasts in this movie?

  • July 1, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Nice Crimes and Misdemeanors quote, MB

    by Alfred_Packer

    "I can't afford to be...aloof.."

  • July 1, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    I think Keblar

    by Jay_Lenos_Ugly_Wife

    summed it up well. My thoughts exactly.

  • July 1, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    This sounds so poop...

    by luciusfox kinda makes me want to see it. Is that wrong?!

  • July 1, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    What's worse He's spoiled some really rich...

    by Keblar

    and genuine material in the process. He not only (apparently since I won't pay to see it) made the awful film that I expected, but squandered something I have affection for in the process. Now it's personal.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    I had a foreboding this would be a turd

    by luciusfox

    when the trailer played in front of Iron Man 2, and everyone started sniggering when the word 'bender' appeared on the screen at the end of the trailer.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Who are the ad wizards...

    by wampa 1

    ...that came up with this one?

  • July 1, 2010, 5:09 p.m. CST


    by Chicken_Man_Gus

    Reading the critic's reviews was funny enough, but that video he linked to? Hysterical.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Fuck off Beaks, Lady in the Water was great.

    by dr sauch

    The Happening was his first "bottom." Apparently this is his second.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    No surprise

    by pauduro

  • July 1, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    Actually this is his fifth

    by mortsleam

    Signs was slow and boring, with laughable aliens and a completely ludicrous ending. <P>The Village was sub-Twilight Zone. Fuck that, it was sub-The Scary Door. <p>Lady In The Water... no. Horrible. Poorly thought out. Poorly executed. Actually made he feel ashamed for every actor in the movie. <p>The Happening at first looks like a brilliant exercise in Herzogian directing techniques, considering that everyone seems to stumble around in a hypnotized state. But no, no, M. Night just no longer has the ability to direct actors, stage scenes, write dialog, or create plotlines. He's done.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST


    by PeanutButterSlut

    SHWMALAYAN is the top. Fucking viewers assess. Kurt is NOT laughing.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:23 p.m. CST

    Lady in da water

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Was fucking cool. CUnts.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Planty plant plant

    by menacingphantom

    Water this one so it can continue photosynthesizing...

  • July 1, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST


    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Beaks is the best reviewer on this site by a country mile. Not least because he referred to the director as SHYAMALAN throughout and not a lazy "M Night". Are you reading this, Massa?

  • July 1, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    The one great scene in Signs....

    by Alfred_Packer

    the news report with the video of the alien at the party and Joaquin's reaction..thank God for youtube!

  • July 1, 2010, 5:31 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan Box Office

    by BadMrWonka <p> I'm too lazy to do the tinyurl, you can delete the spaces.<p>all of you who think this is going to somehow solidify some decline in Shyamalan's career, it ain't happening (ha ha, get it?) I have loathed most of his recent films, and I'd love to see him drop of the radar, but look at his track record of financial success. he has NEVER lost a studio money. not once. even if this tanks, he's not going anywhere just yet.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:32 p.m. CST

    Wait, what's a plant again?

    by menacingphantom

  • July 1, 2010, 5:36 p.m. CST

    He blew his wad with Sixth Sense and barely

    by I_Sharted

    had enough left for Unbreakable. This guy should be finished with A-list material. I used to defend him because I simply could not believe that the guy who made SS and UB could lose it so quickly but clearly he really is a one-trick pony.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:38 p.m. CST

    I liked it

    by Bluepushkin69

    I liked the series a lot. It's hard to adapt a season of a show into a 90 min movie. The action, F/X, and sets were great. Yes there was too much expositional to get the viewer up to date and some of the acting was bad. Considering some of the stuff that the reviewers on this site like though I have learned not to put too much stock in their opinions.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Kick-Ass is the best movie I've seen this year

    by JackSlater4

  • July 1, 2010, 5:43 p.m. CST

    I think I'll just watch the cartoon from beginning to end a seco


  • July 1, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Will this do worse than Kick Ass?

    by RPLocke

    Shit, even A Team got better reviews.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Lady in the Water had such potential

    by slone13

    And he completely fucked it up. It's virtually unwatchable.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST

    I'd say my top 5 so far

    by JackSlater4

    Kick-Ass<P> Iron Man 2<P> The Human Centipede (First Sequence)<P> The A-Team<P> Get Him To The Greek<P> There's plenty of room for more movies to crack my top 10 this year like<P> Predators<P> Inception<P> Machete<P> The Expendables<P> Scott Pilgrim vs The World<P> Tron Legacy<P>

  • July 1, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    My top movies so far

    by RPLocke

    Iron Man 2 Shutter Island A Team Knight and Day. Toy Story.

  • July 1, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    I feel like in the end it'll be a 3-way dance for #1

    by JackSlater4

    Between Inception, Tron and Kick-Ass

  • July 1, 2010, 6 p.m. CST

    I haven't seen Toy Story 3 yet or How to train your thing there

    by JackSlater4

  • July 1, 2010, 6:15 p.m. CST

    It'll be a three way dance between

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Inception, The Expendables, and Toy Story 3. Those will be the only good genre movies this year. Kick Ass? Scott Pilgrim? AICN shilled box office BOMBS. TRON Legacy will be kinda cool but probably also an undeservedly lauded leaden borefest, built around a gimmick, if its predecessor is anything to go by.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Armond White will give Diarrhea Bender a good review.

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Just watch. "Shyamalam's exquisite screenplay, short on action and long on exposition, embodies the post-millenial inability to action; like Hamlet, Shyamalam's heroes occupy the purgatory between paralysis and decisiveness...blah, blah...the director's choice of caucasians to play the animation's asian characters is a deliberate caustic spit in the eye of the hidden racism of the post 9/11 Obama era."

  • July 1, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    I think The Expendables looks great

    by JackSlater4

    but nothing in the trailers shows me that it's going to be better than the last Rambo, I mean, Stallone may have to literally rip off Steve Austins head and actually shit down his throat for that to happen.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    The movie was bad...

    by seanny_d

    but not nearly the trainwreck that so many reviews are making it out to be. I was at least mildly entertained by some of the action scenes, even if much of what was happening around it was completely nonsensical. Plus, I kind of liked Dev Patel's character. I guess I'm just not understanding why everyone just wants to HATE this so much. <p><p>And a big fuck you to the 3D conversion, which almost never had any depth at all.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    I would also except

    by JackSlater4

    Jet Li literally kicking someones teeth down their throat

  • July 1, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    And they *like* pretentious shit!

  • July 1, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    and Jason Statham playing hackey sack with Lundgrens balls

    by JackSlater4

  • July 1, 2010, 6:35 p.m. CST

    That's one thing I'm curious about with Airbender

    by JackSlater4

    Is the action good. Incredible fights can save a movie (Mortal Kombat)<P> Can anyone comment on the fights?<P> Piss poor fights were the nail in Dragonball Evolution's coffin.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    now i gotta see this train wreck

    by antonphd

    thank god for iphones. i imagine i'll be browsing the internet a lot during this film.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Avatar wowed me twice by it's 3D

    by JackSlater4

    The zero gravity scene waking from cryo sleep and the ash raining down a la September 11th.<P> My Bloody Valentine wowed me more.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST


    by seanny_d

    I thought the fights were competent. I didn't love them, but using the whole elements thing was slightly interesting. Faint praise, but still.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:38 p.m. CST

    People who rag on Avatar's 3D

    by RPLocke

    Make me sick. Did we SEE the same movie, because I saw a really cool movie!

  • July 1, 2010, 6:39 p.m. CST

    Excellent Review Mr Beaks

    by D o o d

    I for one will not part with my hard earned cash to see a movie that the director butchered and the studios are whoring.<p>PLEASE STUDIOS STOP FUNDING M.NIGHT!

  • July 1, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    I can't believe AICN is too good for the Spiderman rumor

    by JackSlater4

    We could all be bitching about how that kids jaw is too square to play Peter Parker right now.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    this is going to be HUGE at the BO

    by antonphd

    this is bay and transformers all over again. hot young director drives his career off the cliff and get's relegated to adapting a cartoon and makes a gazillion doing movies they don't even understand. goddamn it.

  • July 1, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Honestly, Zac Efron should be Spiderman

    by JackSlater4

    I wouldn't have said it a year ago, but I decided to forgive him for that stupid fucking hair cut he used to have.

  • July 1, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    This makes me sad. I loved UNBREAKABLE...

    by FlickaPoo

    ...and SIXTH SENSE. I thought SIGNS had it's moments, and THE VILLAGE was pretty nifty...even LADY IN THE WATER had a weird appeal.<P> I didn't have the heart to see HAPPENINGS.<P> I'm still rooting for Shalamanamanaman.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:04 p.m. CST


    by ORIONgods

  • July 1, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST

    No. Garfield's too good for this shit

    by TheWaqman

  • July 1, 2010, 7:07 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    What does Jon have to say about this?

  • July 1, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    but is it as bad as macgruber?

    by antonphd

    i'm still pissed at AICN for telling me that piece of shit was funny.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    3-D Tv's advertise on this site, that'll never be bought by anyone here some time soon.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    3-D Tv's advertise on this site, that'll never be bought by anyone here some time soon.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Why bother mentioning the 3-D at all?

    by Series7

    Everyone acts like it's M. Knight's fault it's been turned into a 3-D film.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    I hated the fucking dialogue...

    by The Dum Guy

    "I have to tell you something!"<br><br>"What is it Aang?"<br><br>'Cause when you are in a life a death struggle, you want to be as redundant with your dialogue as much as possible.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:18 p.m. CST

    Does anyone think M. Night might kill himself?

    by D.Vader

    I mean, good lord the pressure on him must be immense, knowing that everyone is watching his career go further and further down the toilet with every movie he makes. This guy needs a comeback, but really, to have each movie he makes be worse than the one that came before it? A complete regression in all aspects? That's nuts!

  • July 1, 2010, 7:20 p.m. CST

    But is it worse than Clash of the Titans?

    by D.Vader

    Because so far, THAT has been the worst movie for me. Inept and incomplete, confusing and contradictory.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by Cobbio

    Good review, Beaks. Thanks.<p> I was hoping M. Night would surprise me with someone else's material, but I guess that won't be happening. To me he's become a total, horrible hack of a director, worse than even Uwe Boll, because at least everyone knows how horrible Boll is.<p> Some people still think M. Night has talent. Problem is, he doesn't. He's one of the worst directors I've ever seen, and "The Last Airbender" is the lid on his coffin.<p> My main problem with him is the fact I've never remotely cared about any of his characters. He doesn't know how to write characters, is why. Because he's a pretentious hack who's been told way too many times how great he is when he isn't.<p> I agree with Beaks that "The Last Airbender" will make money. This is just a fact. It'll make its budget back and a lot more.<p> But it will also leave a horrible taste in people's mouths.<p> I hope he never makes another film.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:23 p.m. CST

    God I really want to see this possible trainwreck

    by D.Vader

    But I don't like giving them money. Guess I'll go to a $5 matinee.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Harry is going to LOVE this, isn't he?

    by D.Vader

  • July 1, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    More boring than MacGruber or Titans...

    by The Dum Guy

    I saw it in 2D and kept wondering how 3D would make it any better.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Get on that Spiderman casting news AICN.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Get crackalackin'

  • July 1, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST

    Also, Macgruber was great.

    by liesandpicturesofalsolies

    Fuck you if you disagree.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Soooo this sounds like it has

    by Series7

    All the same problems Alice In Wonderland did.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Macgruber was fine

    by Series7

    It was just like Hot Fuzz, minus the extra half hour of boring shit.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:31 p.m. CST

    Macguber was great?

    by RPLocke

    Lol, no one saw MacGruber.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    MacGruber was awesome.

    by Ironhelix

    When he begs the one guy to be a part of his team, and then offers to fuck anything in the room, I almost pissed myself.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    If you can't laugh at a man with celery in his ass...

    by The Dum Guy

    Then you most likely won't like MacGruber.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Shyamalan's films keep making decent money

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Relative to the budgets he uses they make money. So I don't think he's going to kill himself anytime soon. Michael Bay's films get savaged but stil make $$$. Morgan Freeman said it best: "In Hollywood only one color matters, and that color is green". As long as Gender bender - sorry, Airbender - makes money, Shyamalan will continue to get work. Regardless of what Rotten Tomatoes says.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    I remember when Lady in the Water came out

    by Dapper Swindler

    And the previews made it look like a horror movie. "From the guy who brought you The Sixth Sense comes another scaaaary movie!" Hollywood's whole creativity is basically - how do we get asses in the seats for shit?

  • July 1, 2010, 7:39 p.m. CST

    Twilight comparison's a bit unfair...

    by stickmangrit

    that was inexplicably beloved shit source material faithfully adapted into equally shitty movies. that the fans are eating it up is hardly surprising. this is (allegedly, only seen bits and pieces of the show) legitimately good source material butchered into a shit movie. the fan backlash on this one will be immense, because even a five year old is gonna notice that you fucked up THE PRONUNCIATION OF THE MAIN CHARACTER'S NAME. shit, even I know how how Aang's supposed to be pronounced, and i've seen all of two episodes, half watched while babysitting the siblings. so M Night's officially dead to us now it seems. sad, really.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Someone spoil the ending for me!!

    by D.Vader

    How is it different from the show's? The Enemy or Massa said the end was so different it was infuriating. Does Aang not make the giant water fish monster?

  • July 1, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Armond White will LOVE THIS.

    by Nosferatu Jones

    He'll proclaim THE LAST AIRBENDER the best film of M. Night's career. You'll see.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    The End is....

    by The Dum Guy

    To be continued... *bumm* *bumm* *bumm*

  • Well, the trailer looks good. The CGI looks okay, already know the story. It can't be as bad as that Pia Zadora movie I walked out on back in the 80's. And more importantly, these guys loved that flaming turd Grindhouse so who knows. This might be the opposite of what they think.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:44 p.m. CST

    Hahahhah LV_426

    by Series7

    This movie is easily better then that piece of shit Ironman 2, god that movie was so fucking useless. Can't believe it only came out like 2 months ago, it already feels dead and forgotten.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST


    by stickmangrit

    watch the YouTube link that Beaks put in the review. if it's what i think it is, it's interviews of fans coming out of the premier screening done for Reelz channel. first interviewee can't be older than 12, and her two word response to "What did you think?" is a flat, begrudgingly accepted, "it sucked." one of the older fans damn near has a conniption fit over the mispronunciation issue. i can genuinely see the kids who see this opening weekend telling their friends not to go. considering the immense budget MNS has to make up for(not even counting advertising), this could be the first bomb of his career.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by D o o d

    I did not particularly like Iron Man 2 as it fell short of the fun that the first one was. HOWEVER, NO way in hell am I prepared to believe that Airbender is better. Not with the amount of negative reviews coming from different sources over the interweb!

  • July 1, 2010, 7:55 p.m. CST


    by stickmangrit

  • July 1, 2010, 7:56 p.m. CST

    The first one was fine

    by Series7

    Not a huge fan but it wasn't a major disappointment. The second one was just stupid on all fronts, terrible villain, useless plot that just sort of happens. RDJ seems bored with the role, lame duck directing, also an unfunny script from a supposed funny script writer. Why waste my time with him instead of getting some comic book writer to script a good comic book movie. It was just a big kick in the nuts for the actual fans of the movie. Because while maybe there wasn't ONE major thing everyone can rally behind about why they don't like it (Spiderman dancing) the whole movie was just SO bland and stupid. <P> It would've been OK if I knew we get a new Ironman every year for 10 years, but at best we'll get 2 more if that. So it was just a quick rushed hack job of a movie that wasn't fun. Also the trailer was better than the movie.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    damn enter key

    by stickmangrit

    considering the amount of kids using shit like Twitter and Facebook, the bad word of mouth is gonna spread like wildfire after opening day. fuck it, i'm calling it now: this movie will flop. hard. it's entirely dependent on kids dragging their parents to see it in 3D, and MNS evidently managed to fuck up bad enough that even they will likely turn on this movie.

  • July 1, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    Sure maybe Airbender isn't that good, but I doubt it is as bad as everyone said it is. I think critics are pissed that Twilight 3 doesn't suck majorly so they can't just tear into it, and Airbender wasn't the return of great M. Knight so he's an easy target for them. <P> It looks better then Prince of Persia, also this talk about jamming character plot points from the source into the movie just to appease the fans, drunk Tony Stark anyone? God what a pathetic embarrassingly bad scene I doubt there is anything that useless in Airbender.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:01 p.m. CST

    You guys are a little too harsh.

    by Jobafet

    Although I can see all the flaws in this film that most of the reviews I’ve read have mentioned, I do feel that you guys are being way too harsh with this film. Is the acting bad? Yes. Does the script have major problems? Yes. Is the film worse then Lady In the Water, and The Happening? Hell no. I recently saw the film with a Q&A after with Shyamalan himself, and I can tell you one thing for sure, the man was definitely interested in the material he was working with. He not only told us he watched every episode with his kids before he ever thought about making the movie, but he quoted the show and talked about his ideas for the sequels with a child like glee. Unfortunately what that tells me is that his poor writing is not from a lack of passion for the material but because he’s simply lost his touch. That being said from a filmmaking stand point this film was directed one hundred times better then his last two efforts which tells me Shyamalan had the passion, he just doesn’t have that gift he had when he made his the Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:04 p.m. CST


    by Series7

    The ending is complete shit, if you are going to steal the ending of the greatest movie ever made (Predator) then you can't have one of pussiest battles ever seen. At least Iron Monger/Man battle of the first one had some balls. Rourke vs. Man/Machine was a fucking joke, then to steal the Predator's death, UNFUCKINGPROFESSIONAL.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Spider-Man has been cast

    by fanboy71

    According to IMDB Andrew Garfield landed the role. Jennifer Odie will play Mary Jane.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Why is there a 3D upcharge?

    by Rev. Slappy

    It cost me $16 to see Toy Story in 3D at the Grove here in LA. And while I was waiting for the movie to start, it occurred to me: why am I paying an extra fee for the 3D? I recently saw the Joan Rivers documentary A Piece of Work. The budget for that film is pittance compared to something like Iron Man and yet both films cost me the same amount of money to see. So, why is 3D more expensive? Is it to pay for the glasses? If that's the case, and I am essentially paying a glasses rental fee, why isn't it an option for us to buy our own glasses?

  • July 1, 2010, 8:12 p.m. CST

    Hahahah really?

    by Series7

    So Whiplash was on a suicide mission? And he didn't want them to recovery his technology either? Its the same fucking ending.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Andrew Garfield is 27 years old. WTF?

    by fanboy71

    The dude is turning TWENTY SEVEN in August! WTF Hollywood? I thought this was a reboot taking place in high school.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:22 p.m. CST

    ok, sounds like this

    by yubnubrocks

    is right up there with Troll 2. One thing, can reviewers STOP seeing these movies in 3D the first time they review them? Seriously. Stop it.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    and celebrate another runaway blockbuster loved by no one.

    by Swoomustdie

    "and celebrate another runaway blockbuster loved by no one." Haha, that's very clever. I thought Sixth Sense was good (the whole 'surprise, shocking ending' plastered all over the trailers kind of ruined it when you are talking about a ghost story. Gee, is someone already dead?!), and thought Unbreakable was fantastic, but it's pretty obvious by now he succeeded in spite of himself. So yay, this movie is worth it if good actors and good money can have a chance to make something that doesn't blow, instead of being sucked into the black hole that is his 'creative vision'.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

  • July 1, 2010, 8:34 p.m. CST

    that was the ONLY funny scene in macgruber

    by antonphd

    everything else sucked.

  • July 1, 2010, 8:50 p.m. CST

    New Spiderman movies will be great!

    by TheWaqman

    Andrew Garfield > Tobey Maguire. The only problem I have is with the director, he's no Raimi. And they won't be close to as good as Spider Man 2, the best comic book movie ever. But still, I'm jazzed about the lead. Garfield is the future.

  • July 1, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Why do they keep letting him write?

    by veritasses

    He may (arguably) have a lot of good ideas swirling around in his head but he's shown us time and again that he has no skills as a writer. All the stuff he thinks would make for a good movie never makes it to the page. <BR><BR> Keep him away from the script. Don't let him write, alter or suggest a single word. And that goes for a few other directors who like to get their hands dirty writing. Stick to directing and let the folks who know how to write do the writing. <BR><BR> I say Shyamalan's pretty much lost the right to direct anything over $25M for the foreseeable future. Scratch that. Make that $5M-$10M. Doing a string of low/no budget flicks will do him some good in the long run.

  • July 1, 2010, 9:06 p.m. CST

    Whatever makes you sleep at night LV_426

    by Series7

    It's the same fucking ending. You may as well just said they are TOTALLY different because one's an Alien and the other is The Predator.

  • July 1, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Oh this Summer, what pain thou hath wrought!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    I can hardly take another soul crushing Summer at the cinemas. I should have known something was wrong when "Iron Man 2" opened the Summer season--and was "okay". It wasn't terrible, but it just wasn't the lightening rod that the first movie was for the Summer it started. I've suffered through "Clash of the Titans", "Alice in Wonderland", "Jonah Hex" and the list goes on and on. I've skipped a lot of stuff. "Toy Story 3" DOES NOT A SUMMER MAKE! I need something more! All I can say is this: "Predators" and "The Expendables" better not suck!

  • July 1, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Inception will make the summer tolerable.

    by TheWaqman

    And Toy Story 3 was great too. I'm amazed at how this site is completely ignoring Inception. Tom Hardy looks fucking boss in the movie, and the action set-pieces look trippy. A Train rolling through the street, skyscrapers flipping, distortion of gravity. wuuuuuuuuut

  • July 1, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Is this summer worse than last?

    by The Dum Guy

    Or is it about even?<br><br>Everything is pretty boring, Grownups is funny... in a generic sitcom way, Knight and Day/Airbender/Hex/etc. are just boring.<br><br>At least Get Him to the Greek was an actual funny movie.<br><br>What was last summer? Transformers 2 and GI Joe... what else did we get? Bruno...

  • July 1, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Last Summer was much worse.

    by TheWaqman

  • July 1, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST

    I bet Inception will be the best summer film...

    by The Dum Guy

    This year.<br><br>But, as said above, it doesn't have much competition.

  • July 1, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    I just hate it when..

    by EastcoastAvenger

    bad movies make buckets of money! Airbender will make it's cash and the studios will laud it as a success. Transformers did this to us twice. It will probably get us a third time. Because there are many of of who love the source material and we were told that this time it won't have stupid low brow humor in it and a big baddie like Shockwave calling the shots.

  • July 1, 2010, 9:56 p.m. CST

    A review from a 25 year old fangirl of the show...

    by immortal_pirate

    ...who went to the premiere and literally attempted to stab myself in the neck with an icee straw. I should have known this movie was going to tank when we sat down in the theatre and five minutes later were told we were in the wrong theatre. Once we were in the correct theatre, the mood picked up. We saw multiple Aang's, a few Kiyoshi warriors, two Zuko's (I was once of them), a Sokka, and a Katara. The mood was playful and energetic, and most of it was from us 20-somethings! And then the movie began...cheers as the titles came out of elements being bended. An eruption for the title screen of BOOK ONE: WATER....and then...the scroll...and Katara talking...Every devoted fan of the show knows Katara is the narrator for the opening credits and in the theatre, you're hoping for the same speech. They got the opening shots of the benders which was kinda cool...but then Katara started speaking...and when the word "Avatar" came out as "AHVATAR," you could feel the tension begin to spark. Everything about the first five minutes of the movie pissed me off. From Katara attempting a water-globe thing and getting Sokka wet (he barely had a drop on him), to Sokka being the one to force Aang's iceburg up. And it just got worse from there. Aang's name was mispronounced the entire movie. For those who don't know, it's pronounced AYNG, not AHNG. The story was rushed, leaving out some key memorable things, such as the Kiyoshi warriors, the previous Avatars, Kaibae, Boomy, Omashu...everything...Shymalan decided to make three very happy, peppy, funny kids very depressed, moody, uninteresting cardboard cutouts. Rathbone looked embarressed, Commander Zhau, played by a DAILY SHOW anchor, was rediculous, and Katara was irritating as all fuck. Zuko was slightly more believable...but that's comparing apples and oranges. I did not feel anyone's plight or story...I just didn't care at all for anyone in the movie. The editing was a hackjob and lacked depth. The screenplay was pathetic and retarded and you can just tell by looking into the more experienced actors' eyes...they hated it as much as we hated watching them suffer. For once, I can honestly say, it wasn't the actors' faults. The script was udder bullshit. The bending was mildly entertaining but only just so. I wanted to cry so badly...I sat slouched in my seat the entire time, covering my face...The Aang look-alikes in the back row would yell at the correct pronunciations of words and names at the screen when said words and names were mispronounced. My friend and I were watching this making very vocal protests at every possible point. The scroll, the mention of the library, the air temples, the earthbenders "prison," the "rebellion" they started, the battle...EVERYTHING....In fact the only applause the movie got...WAS WHEN IT ENDED! For those of you who have seen it and seen the false ending that leads us back to the Fire Nation with Fire Lord Ozai talking to Azula...I can't for the life of me tell you what was said...I can tell you that Daddy may as well have proposed marriage to daughter for the way she said "Oh, I do, Father." At the end of this debacle, I literally stood up, flipped off the screen with both fingers, and yelled at the top of my lungs: "FUCK YOU, SHYMALAN!" This movie was a complete travesty. Save your money and two hours of your lives and skip it. Go see TOY STORY 3, ECLIPSE, or IRON MAN 2 for 18th time...but DO NOT SEE THE LAST AIRBENDER.

  • July 1, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    This will not make money

    by Metalheadfan2500

    This will bomb horribly

  • July 1, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Inception ignored on this site

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Or at least given minimal coverage, just like Avatar and all the big geek genre films that really matter. Yep, as usual, the one movie that's really interesting this summer is being sidelined by AICN, while this site constantly forces niche hipster crap like Suck-Ass and Scott Dullgrim on us, months in advance, with complete and visible contempt for the talkbackers.<p>Beaks: "Pay for your two viewings of scott pilgrim. Look into my eyes, you will obey". Cheeky bastard. You want to bet that, even though Inception will not be trashed here (since it will likely be too good to credibly do so), douches like Beaks and Capone will heap it with lukewarm praise, while Scott Dullgrim is proclaimed a 'chocolate pussy juice coated masterpiece of cinema', or some other inane hyped nerd bullshit?<p> After all, beaks was the contrived fraud that left the dark knight and lotr off his dreadful top 100 movies of the 00's list while proclaiming turds like Bring It On and Miami Vice as great films. Basically, a contemptuous middle finger to the readership.

  • July 1, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    All This Horror Exists

    by Dapper Swindler

    Because ticket buyers won't read one god damned review before they sit their fat asses down to watch a shitty movie. It'll make money because of this ignorance and the cycle will continue. Can you imagine what movies would be like if the consumers weren't so stupid?

  • July 1, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Here's an actual review... (SPOILERS)

    by TheGleas

    I watched the series front to back for the first time about a month ago in about 3 days and was pleasantly surprised how deep and engaging it was. I have to admit that I wasn't even interested in the series until I saw the trailer for the movie. I had the day off today and a free AMC pass, so I wasn't too worried about wasting any money on a movie that had horrible reviews everywhere I looked. That said, I still wanted to see for myself and therefore went to the AMC Roseville in the Twin Cities areas this afternoon. After about 4 horrible trailers for crap like the new Jack Black movie and another dry-gagging event staring Emma Thompson and some British kids chasing pigs, the movie started with the ever changing Paramount logo adapting whatever theme the movie carries. I really liked how the intro was straight from the cartoon with the 4 different tribes displaying their abilities with Katara voice overs. The crawl gave us a quick overview of the 100 year war and the state of the four nations. The movie literally starts with about 1 min. of Katara and Sokka on the ice where they find Ang which quickly results in his arrival. I was pretty pissed that the characters had no introduction, but I had seen the series so I had expectations and had assumptions of what to expect. For those of you who've seen the series, you would expect Katara and Sokka to at least slightly resemble their animated counterparts. The whole "race" issue that has been beat to death didn't bug me at all. I actually felt that other than Zuko's uncle, most of the major characters looked pretty true to form... especially Ang and Sokka. That said, the personalities just weren't there. All the reviews you are reading about no character development are dead on. There is no way to get attached to any of the characters minus a few. I really wanted Sokka to be a reflection of his animated self but he's stiff and stern the entire 15 minutes of screen time he gets. Katara and Ang really have no real relationship in the film and you wonder how someone would just leave to chase a kid after knowing them for 10 min. Speaking of Ang, he looks the part, but he doesn't act it. I think he smiles in flashbacks only and in "real time" he's moping around. The never get into the significance of the "avatar state" at all in the movie. You'd think someone would ask a kid why his head and eyes glow. None of the other benders "glow" so you'd think Katara and Sokka would at least be somewhat curious about why this was occurring... it made sense in the series, and it was a huse part of the trilogy, so maybe Shyamalan's waiting for the next movie... if it ever gets made. I actually really enjoyed the Zuko/Uncle relationship and feel that they pulled off their relationship with a bang. Zuko's adaption to the big screen was probably the best in the movie. I can see them not going with the Goro look that he sports in the cartoon, but they did justice to the scar nicely even though in the promos it's hardly noticeable. Uncle didn't look anything like the animated character, but his personality was there. I dug the actor choice here... really. He's a bad-ass as you come to find out later in the film. Gen. Zao was o.k. we was a douche just like in the cartoon, but in the movie they kill him, which is still making me scratch my head. There really was no need for him to get the axe. They even pull the deal where he's been beaten, told he's all alone and then some randos come in a kill him to nail the point home... it was lame. In a nutshell, the character development really, really, really sucked. Bad. Storyline wise I've read that the film is just a bunch of important mashed scenes from the cartoon... which is absolutely correct. Picture yourself sitting at home with your remote skipping through the filler and that's essentially what the movie is. The problem was that they skipped too much. This movie needed to be AT LEAST another hour to really do it any justice. I honestly think book 1 couldn't be told in 90 min., which is the big reason it sucked so bad. Like other Shyamalan movies, the acting is stiff and forced, especially Ang and Katara. You really need to see it to really understand it, but looking at Marky-Mark from the happening is idea I'm trying to stress, but actually worse. I'm still pissed about Sokka... just wanted to restate that. The cinematography was great as Shyamalan pulled off the look of the series with flying colors. I have to admit though that the bending CGI was spotty at times and I was hoping for a little more. When and if you see the movie, you'll know what I mean. Appa and Momo were just "there" and were way underused, but they did look good. Now that I think about it, I don't even think that they named Momo... he was just a "lemur-bat" that popped out of nowhere. Back to the point, without seeing the series the movie is a mess as far as story goes. I obviously knew what the hell was going on since I've seen the series, but from the point of a new viewer I would be lost and pissed as hell. This movie is a long montage within a montage plainly put. The trio of heroes bounce from point to point every 5 minutes for about 20 min. of the movie with overlay text letting you know where they are. It's so rushed that you are constantly trying to figure out what time frame this is happening in. They reference things like, "I'll be back in a day," or "where have you been for 4 days?" but it seems like Katara and Sokka meet Ang and are fighting the Fire Nation and the Northern Water City in under a week’s time. The Fire Lord played by Cliff Curtis is actually alright. He seems like a menacing dick in the movie, so that's cool I guess... even though we never meet him until book 3 in the series, but whatever. They do actually stay pretty true to the story of the series though. Everything that is essentially in there is from the series and they did a good job about not changing things like most Hollywood adaptions do. The moon and ocean spirit are still fish and one of them die and the white haired chick dies. Sokka cries and is a wreck even though I don't understand why since he just met this chick who he had the hots for. I know that it's implied that they "get to know each other" but the problem is we don't see any of it. Ever. The film makers are doing a lot of a "just go with it" approach during this movie, so be ready for it. I really wanted Ang to turn into the water fish-thing at the end, but he didn't. He just stands on top of the barrier wall and creates a huge tsunami and hangs it over all the fire ships and they turn tail and run. End of conflict. Katara never gets anointed Ang's water bending teacher and doesn't have the showdown with the old water bender teacher from the North which really pissed me off since that relationship is key in book 2. While they really kept what they put in true to form, they left way too much out like I stated earlier. It makes the story weak and lackluster. You never give a shit about anyone because, A. you don't really know them, and B. they leave out a lot of the little details that made the series so great. I really wanted to like this, I really did. I wanted Ang to be spunky and fun, use his "air-ball thing," and hit on Katara. I wanted Sokka to crack jokes, be a punch line other than off screen, which happens twice, and be more present, and while this may be me being picky, I wanted the bending to be cooler. I wanted these guys, especially Ang, to be Jedi-like when bending. I seemed like it took them a minute of pulling of a ritual mating dance to build a bending move. It was slow and unimpressive most of the time, and when you see it, you'll know what I mean. Overall, the movie sucks pretty bad and I'll be really surprised if any sequels are made. The really hacked this one and while I'm glad I saw it, I won't ever need to see it again. The series is where it's at. Well, at least it wasn't as bad as Battlefield Earth. The Gleas P.S. - "Signs" is a bomb-ass movie.

  • July 1, 2010, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Last summer was a little bit better...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    We did have District 9 and Inglorious Basterds towards the end. And of course, there was the looming light of Avatar in December to get through it all and look forward to. Unless you're a Tron fan there is not much in the winter season this year that is comparable, just another harry potter (and only a rip-off 'part 1' at that!) and the much duller third Narnia movie, every born-again god botherer's favorite franchise. Blah.<p>Plus, gigantic, obnoxious dumps like Transformers 2 are good for a laugh, just to see how bad they can get. Stuff like Last Cockbender and the A team and Jonah Hex are just crap AND dull. At least Bay's movies are good for unintentional comedy and to see just how far he will dig into the barrel of complete tastelessness. Someone like Shamadingdong is too measured and dull to be entertaining even when he's bad.

  • July 1, 2010, 10:38 p.m. CST

    The Dum Guy

    by HeisenbergsBlueSky

    i have to agree with you Inception truely looks like the only movie worth a shit this summer.

  • July 1, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    a 'chocolate pussy juice coated masterpiece of cinema

    by HeisenbergsBlueSky

    Brilliant that shit made me lol all of the sudden i could go for a pam grier look alike.i liked lady in the water alot.i can't be the only one can i?i felt the same way about the weatherman.two duds in a row for m.knight not good

  • July 1, 2010, 11:13 p.m. CST

    Indie films????

    by IsaacTheRed

    I think everyone and i mean everyone should check out what other countries are doing with film and indie films as well. Micmacs was fantastic. How many of you have ever heard of this great film, let alone have seen it. expand beyond American film. Theres a lot of good films that are not mainstream. Thats all>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • July 1, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    I love the show. Fuck this movie.

    by DOGSOUP

    I'll just go back and watch the show again if I need to go back to this world. It's on Netflix instant now. I won't give this movie any of my money...EVEN if it means I'll never see a movie version of Toph. Who will just be all fucked up anyway...

  • July 1, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    What's the point of having all of the reviewers

    by mistergreen

    On this site saying the movie and Shamalan suck? It's a little monotonous don't you think? One of you, say you love it just to be different. All of you seem like you're all the same anyway. I honest don't know the difference between Beaks, Massram something, Capone, HeadGeek. And who the hell is 'the enemy'?

  • July 2, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    I was rooting for the bad guys

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    The actors playing the "good guys" were atrocious.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Sounds like the leader for 2010's Razzie for worst picture

    by SkinJob69

    "I close with the hope that the title proves prophetic."<p>- last line from Ebert's review (love that guy, even if he did give The Happening a thumbs-up).

  • July 2, 2010, 12:12 a.m. CST

    he is definitely one of the best directors of our generation

    by darwinmayflower

    even if he does total shit from now on, Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, SIgns, and yes, the village are masterfull. even if you "hate the twist" the directing is top notch. he IS a good director. no matter how many bad movies he makes. war of the worlds was a piece of shit, but speilberg is still a good director.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:13 a.m. CST

    oh, and...

    by darwinmayflower

    he will make a good movie again, I promise.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:21 a.m. CST


    by SkinJob69

    The only way MNS can regain his fan base would be if he did a sequel to Unbreakable (and he knocks it out of the park). Just my opinion.

  • July 2, 2010, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Lady in the Water fucking sucked

    by Derrida77

    Self-indulgent, self-worshipping piece of crap. It was all about Shyamalan's ego on display, it was him masturbating in front of the audience for two hours. Pity the fools who enjoyed being jizzed on

  • July 2, 2010, 1:07 a.m. CST

    Harry didn't hate it.

    by YouAreAllMyBastardChildren

    He pities it. Whatever the hell that means.

  • July 2, 2010, 1:57 a.m. CST


    by carraway

    It sounds like Shymalan decide to take a page out of George Lucas playbook when Lucas is AT HIS WORST!(With unnecessary tedious exposition for those of you who don't immediately know what I'm talking about. In what is possibly the worst shared year of my 47yr existence has Hollywood chosen to release its worst batch of shit in it's history. We can't even escape the moneyless, crude oil soaked reality to our neighborhood theater. My hope is that Hollywood has finally bottomed out.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST


    by redkamel

    Once I heard the ending for signs, I knew this guy was a moron. The weakness of aliens is a they comet to a planet that is mostly water and has humidity, rain, and water vapor in the air. Not to mention organisms that live on it are mostly water. And they usually have access to water at all times.<p>6th sense and unbreakable. He should have just quit while he was ahead. As it stands, i dont even know how he still works. <p>The worst part, and this is what pissed my off about Trashformers, is the lost POTENTIAL. This could have been an AWESOME movie. Something kids remember fondly. Something they grow up on. Something with cool toys and maybe a little meaning. And it was all in a nice package. Hell, it was already written well, unlike Transformers where comics and fans made a lot of the best material. And he fucked it up. I still cant even believe it. Literally, all he had to do was take season one and summarize it in a 2 hour episode. A college kid could have done it.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Shyamalan is patronising

    by Ray Gamma

    Shyamalan is the most patronising director in the world. Sixth Sense was the only movie he ever made that was entertaining. Every other film he has made has seen him milk certain key gags that he used in that film, over and over, becoming a total parody of himself. </P> <P>Oh, and you "Unbreakable" fans, for fuck's sake, that is the silliest, most juvenile, and yet patronising feature film I've ever had the misfortune to sit through. I fucking hated that film because I'm not a 17 year old moron.

  • July 2, 2010, 2:44 a.m. CST

    You want patronising?

    by Derrida77

    Someone else posted this link under Harry's review: It's Shyamalan's reacting to the bad, I mean abysmal, reviews. He says: "It must be a language thing, in terms of a particular accent, a storytelling accent. I can only see it this certain way and I don’t know how to think in another language" So he directs his films (which he calls art in the same interview) in an language that noone can understand, especially the critics? Seriously how far up his ass does his head go?

  • July 2, 2010, 3:12 a.m. CST


    by JonChambers

  • July 2, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST

    I think this is the Curse of Michael Bay getting back at film cr

    by JonChambers

  • July 2, 2010, 3:15 a.m. CST

    Just give me a scene-for-scene live action miazaki.

    by UltraTron

    Princess or Nausicca would fucking own the world.

  • July 2, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST


    by Brannagins Law

    Dear M. Night Shyamalan, it's Aang pronounced (ang), not (ung). Uncle Iroh is pronounced (eye-roe), not (ear-roe). Sokka is pronounced (sock-a) not (soak-a). I know it's common for you to change names Manoj Nelliyattu Shyamalan, but you have no right to mess with something greater than you're capable of producing yourself. The casting was absolute monkey piss. Uncle does not look like the Fire King. He should look like an old, fat, happy man and not the scarry headmaster from Durmstrang. Aang was actually not a bad cast but the kid had no heart or acting skills. Not that you wrote any depth of character into the scripts. Sokka tells one joke. The camera was awful. There was an extreme close up of Aang's face for an entire scene, wtf? The battle scenes play out more like a friendly performance of West Side Story. Your skills as a directing have officially dropped below that of Uwe Boll. You here that? Uwe Boll, is better than you! You should never be allowed to write a script ever again. The past was explained, and then again later shown. I've never heard so much over explaination in a movie before. Rather than take the time to develop the characters in front of the audience he has them narrate their feelings and what they have gone through like a kid with ADD trying to recall Cliff Notes he read years ago. I can easily stomach watching the Human Centipede a million times easier than the slaughter of one of the best ever written animated series, and if you know me then you know that's saying a lot. Please save yourself the money of seeing this crime against cinema and an amazing show and go buy the 3 books of Avatar the animated series on dvd. You will not regret it!

  • July 2, 2010, 3:35 a.m. CST

    There is a GREAT writer at work here!

    by JasonZumwalt

    And his name is Mr. Beaks. Well written sir. JZ

  • July 2, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Good God

    by thound007

    Even Jonah Hex has a higher rating at RT. Considering the stunning awfulness of THAT celluloid train wreck, M Night must have truly shat out one for the ages.<br> What would Tommy Wiseau do?

  • July 2, 2010, 4 a.m. CST

    Hollywood's becoming so predictable these days

    by thatswhatshesaid

    When I heard M. Night was directing this, I thought this is not gonna work. When I saw the first trailer, I thought it looked pretty bad. When I heard about the 3D conversion, I thought thats not gonna be a good thing. When I read all these reviews, I thought yep thats just what I expected.

  • July 2, 2010, 4:10 a.m. CST

    british actor andrew garfield is....

    by emeraldboy


  • July 2, 2010, 6:29 a.m. CST

    Every M. Night movie except The Happening is great.

    by dr sauch


  • July 2, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST

    anyone defending Lady in the Water is a dickhead..

    by quantize

    most pretentious silly ass load of shit dropped in years, THAT was the film that screamed 'THIS GUY HAS DISAPPEARED UP HIS OWN ASSHOLE'

  • July 2, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Shyamalanding dong...

    by SunTzu77

    This guy needs to stop making movies.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:02 a.m. CST

    This only got made because of Shyamalan...

    by alienindisguise

    just like Howard the Duck got made because Lucas produced it. Piles of shit.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:04 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    The Sixth Sense was so so... saw the twist coming... unlike a great film such as The Usual Suspects... Lady in the Water was a fucking travesty!!!!! The Happening was fucking horrid but also extremely funny. Signs was fucking awful... aliens coming to a planet that's 75% water (water is their worst foe) how the fuck did the aliens stand the humidity? The Village was a joke. Unbreakable was a slow plodding piece of tedious shit.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:13 a.m. CST

    Top movies this year...

    by SunTzu77

    In no particular order... Iron Man 2, Shutter Island, Red Riding, A Prophet, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Animal Kingdom. <br> <br> I'm looking forward to Inception, The Expendables, The Adjustment Bureau, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Conviction, Tron Legacy, True Grit, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:28 a.m. CST

    m night

    by squirrelboy

    I liked everything up until the happening,even thought lady in the water was entertaining, in a weird way. That scene in the village where the "creatures'' are wandering into town and everyone runs inside,meanwhile the blind girl stands there bravely with her hand out in the open,waiting for johnny cash's character. That scene gives me chills to this day. The slow motion shot of him grabbing her hand and taking her to safety with the music swelling.chill bumps.(Although cheesy i liked it) I guess what im saying is it bothers me to see someone you know can do beter...just suck. Its like having a friend whom is brilliant and capable throw away their lives on drugs.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:30 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Beaks... whoever posted that thing on youtube... took it down... here's another link to the fans being totally pissed. <br> <br>

  • July 2, 2010, 7:43 a.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    On, Gigli has a 6% fresh rating... The Last Airbender has a 9% fresh rating.

  • July 2, 2010, 7:50 a.m. CST

    ROFL the critics are brutal...

    by SunTzu77

    Some GREAT review highlights/excerpts... <br> <br> "Never mind that the little kid flapping his arms to whip up the waves in "The Last Airbender" suggests a pouty-faced version of Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice. Or that the movie looks no worse if you take off your 3-D glasses. (It looks better only if you close your eyes.) Or that the default color is murky purple, just as the default mood is morose. Or that M. Night Shyamalan's big-screen live-action version of the popular Nickelodeon animated TV series constitutes a form of Chinese water torture in which tin-ear line-readings take the place of drips." <br> <br> <br> "Unfortunately, its positive attributes are thrown out of balance by its abundant negatives - including chintzy effects, lumbering storytelling and an overstylized, earnest incompetence that evokes "Speed Racer." If you thought it was bad when writer-director M. Night Shyamalan was channeling Rod Serling, wait till you see him try to be George Lucas." <br> <br> <br> "After spending the past decade making bad movies, writer-director M. Night Shyamalan has branched out in "The Last Airbender." He has made a really bad movie. To be specific, he has made a dull, boring, poorly acted, limply written and thoroughly unappealing fantasy, featuring bland characters locked in a struggle of no interest. What's more, his film doesn't derail. It's off track from its first seconds, from an opening scroll that's confusing to a first scene showing two teenagers walking along a frozen landscape, spouting pure exposition." <br> <br> <br> "Stiff, fuzzy-looking, cloddish and disastrous in nearly every way, "The Last Airbender" looks as if it could have been made by the spoiled son of a studio mogul willing to waste gobs of money. That the movie instead comes from the once hugely successful M. Night Shyamalan ("The Sixth Sense," "Signs") is downright mind-boggling. True, Shyamalan has been on a downward drift for some time now -- following the flop "Lady in the Water" with the ridiculous "The Happening" -- but it seemed inconceivable that he would ever fall this far. Conceive it. "The Last Airbender" is simply stupendously bad. It never connects emotionally, offers little if any character development as it races through its ridiculous plot lines, screeches to a halt with little resolved and looks absolutely awful." <br> <br> <br> ""The Last Airbender" is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented. The laws of chance suggest that something should have gone right. Not here. It puts a nail in the coffin of low-rent 3D, but it will need a lot more coffins than that."

  • July 2, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    Sounds like Shyamalan doesnt know how to write...

    by D.Vader

    Comedy. Hence no one is funny in this movie, because no one is funny in ANY of his movies.

  • July 2, 2010, 8:27 a.m. CST

    There's NO Giant Water-Fish-Monster?!?

    by D.Vader

    Then there can be NO PEACE! You are dead M Night! You hear me? Fucking DEAD. That part of the climax in the cartoon just fucking BEGS to be seen adapted live for the big screen! You arrogant fucking prick, you think you know how to make a better ending? Fucking HORESHIT!

  • July 2, 2010, 9:05 a.m. CST

    If you have the DVD of Unbreakable

    by cookylamoo

    watch the deleted scene at the funfair which is sort of the origin of Mr. Glass. It's the best scene in the movie, except it's not in the movie.

  • July 2, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST


    by ant_monkey

    All this just confirms what I all-ready knew MNS is one of the worst film makers on the planet, who keeps funding this shit! Yes Six sense is shit, unbreakable is shit! get over it! The "Horrible Twist" is that You all paid to see a man jerk off on film and bought into it! Losers!

  • July 2, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Let's not let Kennedy and Marshall off the hook too easily...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    After all, they were responsible, for 'Congo'. Now, Chrichton's source material may not have been that solid a novel; but watching the film was an excruciating experience.<p> At this point, I'm done with Shama-lama-ding-dong. 'The Happening' was the last of my time any of his films will waste.

  • July 2, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST


    by bourne7855

    i was goin to see last airbender. was looking forward to it, but not now. damn this is the most brutal reviews ive heard in a while and almost unanimous all over the country. i did get book 1 2 and 3 on netflix instant view so il check that out. i know some people here arent feeling predators, but for some reason i have a feeling it will be excellent. i hope anyway. guess il find out next week

  • July 2, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST


    by moonlightdrive

  • July 2, 2010, 8:05 p.m. CST

    Just watched it this afternoon in 2D

    by GeneralKael

    With my wife and 14 year old sister in law. All of us are fans of the cartoon. Let me be first to say we went to the regular screening as we heard so many bad things about the 3D version. I have to say : IT WASN'T THAT BAD. Was it great? No, but it wasn't horrible. Everyone is acting like it is the worst movie ever made and it is far from it. I do think it is more aimed at kids than adults and there are some things that don't make sense(the mispronunciation of character names like Aang and Sokka are kind of jarring). I don't remember all of season 1 so I'm not exactly sure of the differences. However, all the critics are acting like this is the worst movie ever made. Half a star from Ebert? That's just ridiculous. At the very least it doesn't have a Jar Jar in it, which should give it points for that alone. I'm wondering if the 3D version is so horrible that it's tainting everyone's perspective. I also wonder if anyone other than M.Night directed this if it would be getting raked across the coals as much. Are there flaws with the movie? Yes, but there have been other movies with these issues that didn't seem to become as much of a punching bag. The audience I was with seemed to like it. I dunno - maybe someone should review the 2D version. Then again, maybe my expectations were lowered by reading this site and I was expecting Aang to break out in song as a crossdressing cocktail waitress...

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  • July 3, 2010, 2:06 a.m. CST

    the Salt Lake Tribune gave it a good review

    by Neilfan12

    ... so apparently not everyone hates this movie. I'll give it a shot when it comes to the dollar theater (where I see 90% of my movies). It's rare that I see a movie in the first run/expensive theaters, I don't see the point in doing that when I can see the same movie for a few dollars or so less. I have to really want to see a movie bad to see it in the first run theater. And I rarely rent a movie, movies are meant to be seen in a theater.

  • July 3, 2010, 4:17 a.m. CST

    My list had been completed

    by Kromen

    This one wasn't even on it. after Kick Ass, HTTYD, Toy Story 3, and The Karate Kid thrown in at the last minute, I planned to stay out of the theaters until The expendables. I've never watched the cartoon so I'm not even familiar with the story.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Your all freakin nuts

    by Daimon

    I have had enough of this crap. Your all nuts. The movie was great, I loved it, my wife loved it, my son loved it. Geeze, lighten up you jack ass! Sure, their are things I would like to see included, but you can only fit so much, and I thought the pacing was fine. The kids did a nice job. Sokka could have been a little funnier, but at the same time, I dont want to see it become hokey either. Oh, and the 3D was NOT bad, and I could see just fine! All this nonsense about it being to dark is simply crap. This was a beautiful move, and a fine interpretation of the show we all love. Please don't listen to these angry old fools. See it your self for Gods sakes. If these bogus reviews cost us BOOK TWO on film, you have done a great disservice to us all.

  • July 3, 2010, 12:15 p.m. CST

    Oh...and by the way

    by Daimon

    Toy Story 3 was about as fun to watch as..well...Schindlers List. Geeze, way too serious. LAST AIRBENDER was fun, exciting, and the perfect film to take your kids to see. I questioned the mispronunciation of names at first, but in the end, it doesnt change the heart of the film.

  • July 3, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST


    by SunTzu77

    Airbender dropped to 8% fresh now... Gigli 6%.

  • July 3, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    If some one can inform me :D

    by Violator90

    I have a few questions, if some one can answer then for me: Did the creators of the show have ANY input to the script? For that matter, did they have ANY input in the development of the movie?!?! <p> No giant fish-monster ?!?! DAM N! that was the ONLY saving grace I was hoping this movie had. But if is doesn’t have the giant fish-monster (which was one of the best scenes of the first Book) then there is no fucking point to this movie.

  • July 4, 2010, 11:50 p.m. CST

    So far it's made 40,650,000

    by GeneralKael

    Which is pretty respectable against Twilight and Toy Story 3. I'm still pretty astonished at the amount of pure hate against this movie - the acting and writing isn't any worse than the Star Wars Prequels. Nothing in this movie is anything close to the midiclorian fiasco.

  • July 5, 2010, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Went to see this drunk...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    Don't remember too much. Remember it wasn't what I thought it would be. In the end we walk out halfway through it. Don't really hate M. Night yet, but I'm getting close. And this from someone who found The Happening somewhat entertaining.

  • July 5, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Feel the need to make an excuse?

    by Darth Macchio

    That's called "SUCKS" in case you missed it. Haha!<p>Ok, kidding here. But does it make me a dick if I want this arrogant fucker to fail? Ego is a given in Hollywood but at some point you have to have the talent to back it up or some nepotistic connection or other method of staying relevant (hookers and coke, etc).<p>After reading about M.s temper tantrum at that lunch and how he supposedly was actually crying (probably not true) but this slow crash and burn has a certain undeniable voyeuristic thrill.<p>Not like being happy that body parts are bouncing down the higway...that's fucked up. No, more like happy that the asshole loudmouth of the 5th grade class is getting chewed out in front of everybody for something long overdue.<p>But again...does that make me an asshole to hope he fails? I'd say yes if he wasn't supposed to be such a dick but then that's hearsay...but he seems like a dick tho.<p>But seriously...if you see a movie and then say anything like "..yeah but..." or "..would be great but..." then just stop. If you liked the movie, you're not going to make excuses out of the box unless you're ashamed for liking it or just a weirdo.<p>I like broccoli even if most people don't. i don't make excuses..even if i was the only asshole to like broccoli on the planet. gimme some broccoli and i'm a happy vegetable eatin fool.

  • July 16, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    the last airbender!

    by hawk_lady_fan

    whoever saw this movie and didn't like any part of it needs to see it again! Jackson Rathbone did an awesomely excellent job! The effects was of course magnificent and second best right after Jackson's (a.k.a. Sokka) acting!!! But no offense to Jackson or anyone else in this film it's nothing compared to Toy Story 3!!!!

  • July 16, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    ppl NEED to watch last airbender!!!!!

    by hawk_lady_fan

    whoever saw this movie and didn't like any part of it needs to see it again! Jackson Rathbone did an awesomely excellent job! The effects was of course magnificent and second best right after Jackson's (a.k.a. Sokka) acting!!! But no offense to Jackson or anyone else in this film it's nothing compared to Toy Story 3!!!!

  • July 16, 2010, 6:29 p.m. CST

    Darth Macchio no offense but you're wrong!

    by hawk_lady_fan

    And so is everyone one else who didn't like this movie due to their closed minds! Watch the movie again and this time pay attention...I couldn't even finish reading your comment because it was SO annoying and negative! I'd like to see you try to make/direct a movie or even act in one!!! Then you can trash talk!