Review: Does The Last Airbender Deliver What Fans Have Been Longing For

No, The Last Airbender is not what fans were longing for. Instead it'll just make fans humiliated that they actually like this. To see what went wrong, read more.

 I was actually looking forward to this movie, and practically forced my family to see it. I had confidence in it, but that confidence crumbled after the first ten minutes of the movie.

The Last Airbender follows the events of the Nickelodeon TV series, which was a hit. It follows Aang, a young boy who has been frozen for one hundred years. Soon to villagers Sokka and Katara discover the ice Aang is frozen in and break him out.
Aang lives in a world where each person can bend an element, water, fire, earth, and air. People are separated by the element they bend, and are part of a nation. Sokka and Katara are from the water nation, while Aang is actually the only known surviving air bender.
While Aang was frozen, the Fire Nation had taken over and destroyed all members of  the air nation, and the two other nations live in fear of them. There is only one person who can master all the elements, and that person is the Avatar.

Turns out Aang was the Avatar until he was froze, and with out him to protect the nations, the Fire Nation took charge. So now Aang must try to restore all the nations to the way they were, and stop the Fire Nation. But it doesn't help when the soon of the original Fire Lord, Prince Zuko, is out to find and kill the Avatar.
Sounds good, right? Now imagine trying to fit this and about one whole season of adventures all in one film. it just doesn't work out.

The acting is completely disappointing, and probably the worst is by the title character. Noah Ringer basically sounds like he has cotton in his mouth the entire movie, and portrays Aang as a boring character laking personality.
Dev Patel was just about the best actor in the movie, and it's easy to say he did a better job than Jesse McCartney would've done as Prince Zuko.
The story is rushed, and all over the place, skipping years and months and just completely out of control. In the TV show, you follow the journey of the characters, but in the movie the journey just feels short, and every time you actually get into it, it will skip ahead years later.

Both of Aang's pets in the TV show, Uppa (His flying bison), and Momo (His flying Lemar bat) are completely unimportant to the movie, in comparison to the cartoon.
You don't get emotionally attached to the characters at all, but that's probably because you don't have enough time to. The movie really isn't bad, but it just trys to fit to much characters and story into one two hour film.

Then there's the pronunciation of Aang's name. In the cartoon it is pronounced Ah-n-g, but in the movie it is pronounced Uh-n-g.

When casting had begun for the movie, it was being called racist for not having any Asian actors, which is where the source material is from. So they said they would change things so it wasn't so racist. But instead I think they made it worse. The entire Fire Nation was Indian, the entire Earth Nation was Chinese, and the entire water nation was American. If not being racist was their goal, they failed by a long shot.

Fans of the show should still give the movie a chance, considering the fact that it still follows the same brilliant story from the TV show, only rushed. But the average movie goer might want to wait for this to be a rental, or just pass on it. Out of all the great movies this summer, The Last Airbender really isn't one of them.

I Give The Last Airbender 2 Stars Out Of 5:

What did you think of The Last Airbender? Do you still want to see it?