I’m glad I don’t have to be the one to describe what this movie is about to you because the commercial does…Oh wait, it doesn’t?
…..AVATAR: The Last Airbender….Or so the Germans would have us believe, is going to be M. Night Shyamalan’s next huge cash cow which should make him happy being Indian and all. Anyways, when this film’s first teaser debuted they were touting it as Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I noticed as of late has been DROPPED completely since the success of James Cameron’s Avatar…And I don’t want to hear the argument that is to avoid confusion..This strategy is totally to avoid M. Night being called a copy cat. It’s as simple as schoolyard shenanigans.
Problem is The Last Airbender by itself is confusing to the people who were fans of the original work this is being adapted from. The 30 second ad does little more then show compelling visuals and special affects constantly showing (Usually) one person fighting off armies. Doesn’t sound like total shit right? That’s because it looks stunning, however the narration makes the movie sound archaic and old school action based, which is also fine. But there is a huge story arc and history to the plot which is either being dropped in favor of special effects, or left from the trailers to shorten the length. I am actually very excited for this.
Water. Earth. Fire. Air. In the old days, there was peace between the four nations of the world. The Avatar — Master of all four elements — kept peace between the the Water Tribes, the Earth Kingdom, the Fire Nation, and the Air Nomads. Only the Avatar has the ability to Bend (manipulate) all four elements, but one day, he Vanished. Then the Fire Nation attacked, forcing a war on the other three nations for one hundred years. Now, for the good of the world, it’s up to 12-year-old Aang (Noah Ringer), the new Avatar, to return peace and balance by putting an end to the war and mastering all four elements. Aang must accept his destiny by stopping the Fire Nation’s war and defeating the Fire Lord for good.
Release July 2nd 2010