The Last Airbender by director M. Night Shyamalan is a wild fantastical ride through spectacular landscapes and dazzling effects. It is by all definitions eye candy with a story and it doesn’t just stop at that as it give the viewer so much more. This film is by far the best one that Shyamalan has done and I hope he never goes back to dramatic horror and continues to make fun family films like this one. He has done the anime proud and listened to his own children while making this film. Children know what they see in the anime and want to see it bigger then life. They want it as real as can be and this film gives them that. Better yet is that the adults can enjoy the film as well as they can see into the deeper parts of the film and not have to explain every little detail to the kids watching with them. No matter what your age you will be able to watch this one over and over and find it hard put to get tired of it.
Aang (Noah Ringer) is a child that is scared of the responsibilities that are ahead of him. Fearing that his life would never again be his own he ran away from the Airbender monastery and the monks that raised him and become lost in the frozen wastes. Trying to save his own life he created a bubble of air around him as he and his mount/pet fell into the frozen waters. There he was in a state of suspended animation for 100 years till a young water bender Katara (Nicola Peltz) and her brother Sokka (Jackson Rathbone) found Aang in the ice. Aang’s release shot a beam of light into the heavens allowing the bannished Fire Nation Prince Zuko (Dev Patel) to find the 3 and the Water Nation village where they were at recovering. Zuko can never return home until he is able to bring the Avatar, a person who is a link to the spirit world and the only being capable of mastering the use of all four elements, to his father Fire Lord Ozai (Cliff Curtis). Zuko is desperate to please his father and to be able to go home and would do just about anything to make that happen. The only thing that keeps his ambitions in check is the guidance of his uncle Iroh, a chi fire master. Iroh is full of thoughtful guidance and wants to see Zuko have a happy life. He treats him more as a father would a son then that of just an uncle.
This film is a fast paced ride, even the slow parts are so interesting that they flow quickly to the next. It is very hard to become distracted while watching this film and you are constantly rewarded with even more spectacular scenes and acting. The young actors and actress are excellent in their roles and wondrous to watch as their characters grow and come alive on the screen. Some reviews said that Shyamalan made a mess of this film, if that is so then they were not watching the same film I was. This is a film that is going to be watched again and again. How can you not love seeing how the children interact and learn about themselves, each other and the powers that each possess? How can you not want to see the beauty of the norther Water Kingdom city and the secrets that they protect? How can you not cry with both joy and sadness as you watch scenes of victory and tragedy? This is an excellent film so all you nose stuck in the air purists sit down and watch the film and see what it is and not what you think it should be. If you do that then you are going to love what you see and how that it does follow the story of Aang.
This film is no where near as bad as people keep saying that it is. Fans of the anime are not seeing what is on the screen, only what is in the show and in their head. This film is an excellent start to the movie series for The Last Air Bender. I could see them making up to 3 more as we all get to see Aang learn what it is to be an Avatar and a guide and protector to the people around him. I will be looking forward to each installment of this series as I know many of you all are as well. We are all waiting to see what Aang and Shyamalan will do next. We all want more as this is no where near the end of the story.
I give this film a Musing review of