Recently started watching the Nickelodeon cartoon Avatar:The Last Airbender a few weeks ago. Flipped past it one day, and thought it looked a'ight so I started watching. I was hooked like a crackhead in crackland. Kung-fu, crazy elemental manipulation abilities, good story and it's set in a world that has such a weight to it, you would think every bit character walking by in the background had a life of thier own. There's not a lot of blood or anything, but people actually die in this world. There is a sense of danger and intense drama like I have never seen in a kids show before. And the characters grow immensely from beginning to end. The voice actors and animators did a great job bringing the work of the fantastic writing to life. It won awards and shit. Great show.
So, a few years ago, M. Night Shamylan decides he wants to make a live action movie of this story. And I'm sure the producers and creators of the TV show thought it sounded like a great idea. I only heard about the movie recently, and having just become an addict, I was hyped to see this fantastic world and the great tale of Aang (sounds like "Ayng") brought to life. And I was more dissapointed then the entire south was when Obama got elected.
This has got to be the singlehandedly hands down flat out no way around it worst fucking movie ever released by a major studio that I have actually seen. I find great humor in the talkbacks and comments sections all over the internet killing this movie. Controversial casting, truncated story, physical limits of time and FX believability for the big screen all aside, Shamylan is insane. And not very good. The actors didn't act, they read lines while in costume. That isn't the same thing. And the changes to the name pronunciations, the story, and the look of some key elements comes across as lazy and inept at best, pretentious and insulting to actual fans of the source material at worst. I think its actually a clusterfuck of sucktitude and a synthesis of lazy, inept, pretentious and insulting.
I would have put this in the movie section, but it seems more like a fucking joke, or a mean prank played on people who enjoyed the tv program, than an actual attempt to make a movie. They should have just made a badass cartoon for the big screen, instead of this drivel. I liked the 6th sense, and unbreakable was okay, but after Signs, and the villiage, I stopped watching this dork's movies altogether. Hopefully now, people stop letting him make movies. Because he's clearly not good at it.