Sunday, July 4, 2010

The Last Airbender: So Many Bad Reviews, So Little Time

I have been reading horrible reviews for M. Knight Shyamalan's new movie, The Last Airbender, based on the Nickelodeon cartoon, Avatar: The Last Airbender. There are so many bad reviews, I can only point out some that have made me laugh the most, and yes, I am laughing because I see the venom critics are spewing at this movie as Shyamalan's bad karma.

His defense for casting white people (Caucasians) instead of Asians for roles in this movie caused me to cross him off my list of directors I've liked in the past. See the website for more on race controversy, but here's a quote from a Time Magazine review that had me chuckling:
You can relax, bloggers. The dearth of racially appropriate casting in the U.S. simply means that fewer Asians were humiliated by appearing in what is surely the worst botch of a fantasy epic since Ralph Bakshi's animated desecration of The Lord of the Rings back in 1978. The actors who didn't get to be in The Last Airbender are like the passengers who arrived too late to catch the final flight of the Hindenburg.
Hilarious. Also see Lindy West asking, "Did he run the script through Google translate and back again?"

In addition, people have taken to the streets to protest this film in person. My household is doing mini jigs because when my offspring first heard of movie, they thought it was exactly the kind of film they wanted to see, but after learning how the director whitewashed the main characters, they opted not to see it. With fans and critics alike yelling "stinker," my son and daughter are sleeping well, feeling they haven't missed a thing.


susan sonnen said...

I didn't see it, but my 18 year old daughter did. She was expecting to be disappointed, but was delightfully surprised. She loved it!

Jimmy said...

This Movie sucked. The only thing good was the story line.

Acting was by far the worst I have ever seen