So, everyone knows that most TV, book, play, song, whatever to movie adaptations usually have a low chance of working out. Especially book or any kind of series to movie adaption since they have to pack soo much into an hour to two hour long film. I understand that and am willing to look pass certain miss steps that might come across in a film. However, there was so much wrong with Airbender that even people who did not watch the original cartoon series on Nickelodeon were disgusted with the film.
After seeing the cast announcements and who was directing it, I already knew I was going to have some issues. Since it was Airbender I figured they couldn't mess it up too bad mostly because the original series has a lot of potential to be a great live action movie. Yeah, I was so very wrong. It started off with my confusion as to why they changed the pronunciation of the characters names. This was the biggest and most annoying mistake mostly because the original series is in English. Usually when writers change names it's due to some kind of language barrier. However, there was never that issue, so WHY?
After I got over the name thing (but not really) I started noticing that the story was rushing along pretty fast. One moment you were getting your first introduction to Katara, Sokka, and Aang, the next minute they were already at the Air temple learning about what happens to the air nomads, then you were to Zuko, then you were at the northern water tribe and the movie was over. I get that they had to try putting the whole first season into an 1 hr 43 min film, but it just did not work. Instead of the story flowing together nicely until the end it came off clipped and confusing. I can honestly say that had I not watched the whole series I would have no clue what was going on during certain parts of that movie. They would introduce something (for example Zuko's ship getting blown up by *can't remember his name right now* with Zuko apparently still on it. Or at least that's what it seemed like.) and leave it with no real conclusion like they just forgot that happened or it was thrown in there to get the movie to an hour.
Now on to the acting... it was bad. It was like watching the first Twilight movie all over again I just wanted to shoot someone. I don't know what it is with people these days and their attraction to horrible acting, but I can tell you this shit is getting old fast. When you get into the horrible acting this leads to the fact that Paramount casted an all white staff for the leading roles (except Zuko). They didn't even try to cast anyone with some kind of acting skills or for some marketing purpose, it was just because they felt like it. This blog goes into more depth about this then I ever could: Facepainting
Some other little issues I had: Aang entering the spirit world and speaking with the dragon instead of his past life, the final battle with the fire nation ends with Aang just creating a big wall of water and bypassing the other moon spirit getting angry, No real explanation as to why water benders powers increase during a full moon, or why the moon spirits took the shape of fish. Other little stuff that just comes across as nitpicky. Even the fact that M. Night Shyamalan spent more time on the CG and 3D then the actual plot and acting.
In the end I would not suggest anyone waste their money on this crap. This movie was a huge disappointment and the sad thing is that even non-fans of the series agree that it was terrible. Usually you can get some people who don't know the source material, but my theater was in total agreement... it was bad and a waste of $11.
Oh and where the hell was my comic relief Sokka?