The Last Airbender: movie review
M. Night Shyamalan's 'The Last Airbender' is a fantasy film heavy on effects and light on meaning.
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How about a moratorium on the use of the word â€śavatarâ€ť in movies? I wasnâ€™t a big fan of â€śAvatarâ€ť but itâ€™s â€śCitizen Kaneâ€ť compared with M. Night Shyamalanâ€™s â€śThe Last Airbender,â€ť based on the animated series â€śAvatar: The Last Airbender.â€ť
Whatâ€™s an airbender, you say? Donâ€™t ask. It has something to do with being able to bend air. Aang (Noah Ringer) is the prophesied airbender who must defend his people against the Fire Nation in its quest to dominate the tribal nations of Air, Water, and Earth.
This means we get to see a lot of airbending and also mucho water, fire, and earth bending. In cheesy 3-D.
Shyamalan has been coasting on the success of â€śThe Sixth Senseâ€ť for a long time now, but, especially after his last two debacles, â€śLady in the Waterâ€ť and â€śThe Happening,â€ť you would think heâ€™d can the hocus-pocus and settle into something a bit more, well, lucid. â€śThe Last Airbenderâ€ť is like a Care Bears movie that got waylaid in the fourth dimension. Itâ€™s insufferably silly. Grade: D (Rated PG for fantasy, action, and violence.)
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