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Published:August 30th, 2010 13:18 EST
The Last Airbender Movie... hopefully

The Last Airbender Movie... hopefully

By Tony Graff

Nickelodeon was on to something when they produced a cartoon in 2005 called Avatar: The Last Airbender. While many argue it is another one of America`s attempt to make something as popular as Japanese anime, people who hadn`t been influenced by outside animation thought that the story of Aang, Kitara, and her brother sokka was wonderful to watch and take part in. Having seen all three seasons, or books as the cartoon called them, I figured it wouldn`t be long before we tried to make a movie based on it. 

I should have listened to the little warning voice when I heard that M. Night Shyamalan had picked up the project. Now having invested 2 hours of my life to watching the results of his work... well, I was disappointed, big time. 

Everything was different, even the name pronunciation. I don`t have a clue what was going through his mind with that. The overall movie carried a very serious tone to it, something that the cartoon did sporadically, but generally kept a light-hearted attitude about it. The characters weren`t the same. Aang didn`t seem to care about fun in the movie, totally opposite from the cartoon, and Sokka, Kitara`s brother, wasn`t funny or sarcastic. Seriously, here`s the guy who could get away with lines like "Boomerang! You do always come back!" and was featured talking about a bag he bought that matches a belt. The cartoon series would have failed about as bad as the movie did without Sokka being Sokka. 
I will say this though, the graphics were pretty good. All the fights between the different benders looked really cool. 
The Last Airbender movie falls into the category of movies where if you haven`t seen the original, you would find it pretty good, but if you have seen it, you`ll find it abominable.