Avatar: The Last Airbender

6 02 2010

The Last Airbender is a film adaptation of the popular cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender (the name was shortened so it wont be confused with James Cameron’s billion dollar movie). I happened upon this series and was blown away. The story, the character,—-I had never seen a cartoon with such depth and a culture all its own. I have watched every episode of its short 3 season run. Although the show ended nearly all its storylines, I have often wondered how the marvelously detailed series would look with real actors. It looks like I got my wish. But with every wish comes wishers’ remorse. Here are my reservations: The series is greatly infused with asian culture, yet the cast race rages from Indian to Caucasian. When you think about it, thats not that big of a deal and the least of my worries. That actually opens up the world of avatar, instead of the movie just catering to one  nationality, its more international. Okay..I already put one on my fears to rest, still I’m worried. The director that is bring my beloved ‘toon to the big screen is none other than M. Night Shyamalan (he is also adapting it the series)…sigh…M. Night’s career started out so promising with The Sixth Sense, peaked with Signs, and last years The Happening solidified the slum. One thing I will give to him, he is a storyteller. In this day and age of garbage like Twilight, you need a director than knows how to weave a compelling story. The Happening has left a bad taste in my mouth (really the enemy was wind?), but just maybe this will be the movie that will reinvigorated him and get him back to his sixth sense glory. I swear if they make The Happening 2, I will murder a small cat!!

Here’s the teaser trailer and the TV spot for The Last Airbender.

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