Let me start with something I wrote here almost three-and-a-half years ago about “Avatar, the Last Airbender:”
Suffice it to say, there is a very rich universe here to explore, and the internal mythology of this place is detailed, consistent, and engaging. It is truly epic in scope, and I don’t use that word lightly. (And the live-action motion picture has already been optioned by M. Night Shyamalan, I hope he doesn’t screw it up.)
The bad news is that my concern was valid. M. Night Shyamalan botched this movie horrible. I remain a huge fan of the series which aired for three seasons on Nickelodeon, and would rank in the top five TV shows of the last decade (alongside Lost and Battlestar Galactica.) I hoped the movie would be good enough to draw new viewers to the show. Now the opposite appears likely – people will avoid the show because the movie is just that bad.
The irony is that a show about “benders,” those who can shape the very elements through imagination and flexibility, gets horribly crammed into a movie format. [Read more...]