The Last Airbender

Released 2010


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M. Night Shyamalan
The Last Airbender is a 2010 action movie based on the television series Avatar: The Last Airbender and directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

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  • 40

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    Airbender, whether intentionally or not, is pegged almost exclusively to a small-fry state of mind.

  • 20

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The problem -- the catastrophe -- of The Last Airbender is not in the conception but the execution. The long-winded explanations and clumsy performances are made worse by graceless...

  • 20


    This is all enormously disappointing, of course, since the best we could hope for from a live-action "Avatar" adaptation is the mind-blowing equivalent of our first encounters with...

  • Outrage.

    I have no idea what Night was thinking when making this movie. Let you tell you, I loved the Avatar cartoon series, and when I saw this movie (and some clips of it) it was like a slap to the face. Wrong actors to portray the characters, pronouncing the FREAKING NAMES wrong, and the bending.. oh my lord.

     In the words of Sokka: At least the effects were decent.

    But it still sucks anyway.


    How can they take a great show and just completely wreck it. I can't explain how much I loathe this but I'll give it a shot.

    The acting in this movie is dreadful. The only decent actors in this are Zuko and Iroh, but even Zuko's actor didn't fit well as him. Also the dialogue is bad, there's nothing interesting said and there's just exposition with no emotional moments like in the show.

    There's barely any plot in this movie. It's suppose to be based on the entire first season, but it skips one plot point to another and so the pacing is rushed. The element bending is worse than I expected. Like there's one part where SIX earth benders lift up one small boulder, LIKE REALLY!?! In one time in the show six guys were able to stop a DAMN TANK and this is all they did in the movie? I also noticed that the firebenders have to be NEAR fire in order to bend it. I could maybe get passed that more I think about it, but then why when they were near fire on their ship they didn't use it to stop Ong from escaping?

    Now don't get me started about the characters (other than the name pronounciations, but that's not really important). Sokka went from funny and smart to emotionless and always serious. Katara went from strong and cool to weak and annoying. Then Aang who was cheerful in the show was just boring in this movie. They also left out characters like ZUKI and for some reason Ong(yes it's Ong not Aang) talks to a dragon instead of the past air benders ( which again, WHY?). They showed Azula a couple times, but was not threatening at all like in the show.

    Was there any positives in this movie? Well the effects were decent and only one scene where they reenact the scene in the opening (except what I realized is they got the symbols wrong in the background) but that's it. I would've liked to see the part where Ong turned into the water monster like in the show, but it was JUST A BIG WAVE INSTEAD,SERIOUSLY? Speaking of that, instead of Jao being killed by the water monster(after Aang gets out of it) he gets killed by four random waterbenders. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?

    Overall, I mean sure Dragonball Evolution is god awful (at least that's what I heard, I've only seen a review of it) but this movie is just atrocious. PLEASE DON'T WATCH IT!!!!moreless
  • Your directing is bad and you should feel bad!

    Shyamalamadingdong should publicly apologize to the original fans of the awesome show
  • Ruined the show for me

    After I saw this film, it really made the cartoon feel less enjoyable to watch. Plus, it was clear it would pick up Razzies long before the nominees were even listed for 2010.
  • And another great story is ruined by Hollywood...

    So my friend has this theory that when M. Night's kids are bad, instead of being grounded, he decides he's going to ruin their favorite stories or shows by making them into a movie.

    His kids must have really loved Avatar, and they must have been really bad.

    And I'm assuming they were really bad again, because he's working on the second one now.

    Honestly though, if you haven't seen the movie you should know that it is not a good, decent, or even a notable representation of the beloved TV series Avatar: The Last Airbender.moreless

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