Well, it's been 6 years since M. Night Shyamalan tried to jump-start the apocalypse with his god awful live-action movie adaption of Nickelodeon series Avatar: The Last Airbender. We all know he's not a bad director, he's made beautiful movies that many, including myself have enjoyed over the years; but for some reason when it came down to this one project he failed horribly. Yes, the movie did well in the box office but not one Avatar fan liked the film.
As the years pass, the film gains more hate and could even be classified as one of the worst films of 2010, but that's just my opinion. Many people try to give excuses for why the film failed, such as: bad actors, not a big enough budget, and that people just don't like Shyamalan; but honestly, it came down to the fact that he didn't execute the project well.
Now he's making the sequel and I doubt he's going to take any advice from the fans and change the things that we find unbearable. Instead of a sequel, he should be reboot the entire thing. It would allow him to rebuild his vision of The Last Airbender series, because that's clearly what he had in mind at first, and it didn't work out.
He took a beloved cartoon series and dragged it right through the mud. I tried to understand why he failed but nothing really came to mind. He's a seasoned director, he should have known how to research a project, he's worked with other people's storylines before, why was this so hard for him? Well, for him it wasn't that bad, he said so himself that he doesn't understand why people hated the Avatar: The Last Airbender movie. He also added:
"It's really weird because on the show the average age was, like, 9 years old. My child was 9 years old. You could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for 9 and 10-year-olds — or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox."
No, Mr. Shyamalan, having Megan Fox would not have made the film better, Transformers did well because it was a good movie, with decent actors and amazing action. I sometimes wonder if he even watched the series, or maybe he just wanted to be first to convert the series into a live-action. But I'm sure we'll be seeing more of his interpretation of the series when his sequel releases.
Things We Can Probably Look Forward To Seeing In 'The Last Airbender 2'
1. The Same Cast - You can pretty much guarantee he's not going to change the cast. If he did, it would be a miracle compared to the whitewashed actors we had in the first movie. But there's about an 80% chance that we're going to get the same cast, so don't get your hopes up.
2. Horrible Bending - If you watched the first movie, I'm sure you witnessed the horrid bending they were doing. You know, having those six earthbenders bending that one small boulder, which they could have just thrown at their enemies. It was one of those scenes you think they would've just left out, they didn't even try to execute it right.
3. The Butchering - The way the movie was put together was terrible, for me it felt like he skipped a lot of important pieces. You guys do remember the Freedom Fighters, you know the friends the Avatar gang met on their journey. They weren't even shown or mentioned in the film. It all seemed very rushed, like the film wasn't finished, but we all know we're gonna see a lot more of that. Yay.
4. The Pronunciation of Names - I don't know if it bothered anyway else, but the way they said the characters' names was just murdering my soul. I don't know why he couldn't just leave their names as they were in series. I'm not sure if that was suppose to be his own little twist on the story, but it just felt wrong and made me feel like I watching some type of parody.
5. Bad Make-up and Wardrobe - I will never understand why he took the realistic turn for Aang's tattoo, it didn't look right, you could barely even see it on the actor. How did his tattoo go from bright sky blue to black? it makes no sense. And Zuko's scar was a far cry from the one in series, didn't even seem like they tried to duplicate it and not once did I see Aang's original bright orange and yellow outfit in the film. Not once.
Soon we will see what he has done to our precious Avatar, he said after he's done with one more of his own original projects he will start working on Avatar: The Last Airbender 2. As of now there's no date for when the film will be released but, as previously stated, he has confirmed he will be working on it. Let's hope I'm wrong and that he surprises us with a beautiful sequel that gives justice to the series. Thanks for reading and comment what you think of Shyamalan's adaption.
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