... it's official now: Shyamalan gave us the next Dragonball: Evolution!
TLA is so bad critics are ripping it into pieces left and right. And from the detailed summaries, the clips and all the other information I saw ever since the fail!cast was announced I say it's rightfully shredded! As of now it is holding 06% on Rotten Tomatoes
and a Metascore of 23
. Even people who were excited to see it beforehand were devastated after they saw the movie.
If you think that because it has a good original source Shyamalan couldn't possibly screw it up that much, fear not! HE DID!
- He ripped the story into unrecognisable bits. If you don't know the series you couldn't possible follow the story at all.
- To compensate for that he tortures you with exposition - TONS OF EXPOSITION! If you know anything about storytelling you should know one rule: "Show, not tell!". What Shyamalan did was "Tell, not show".
- The writing is horrible. I kid you not. Every quote I read is cringe-worthy.
- It doesn't help that the actors are outright bad (Noah, Nicola, Jackson) or at best decent (Dev). Then again, it could be the crappy writing and direction.
- The characters are non-existent and/or so much OOC that it looks like a horrible fanfiction.
All I can say now is: DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE!
If you are a fan of the series do not reward M. Night Shyamalan for butchering your favourite cartoon with your hard earned money.
If you haven't seen the series, watch the series instead.
Mike and Bryan don't have anything to do with this movie. They had no creative influence whatsoever. If it was their movie it would have been different.
If you want to support the two and the cartoon in general:
- Buy the DVDs - they are cheap and you have high quality entertainment!
- Buy the Artbook - it is all sorts of awesome and totally worth its money! If you have any doubt about all the work they put into this project read it for yourself - it's amazing.
... let me clarify:
- I am not happy that the movie turned out to be the way it is. I would have rather had a high quality blockbuster which would reflect the awesomeness of the TV show.
- I feel incredibly sorry for Dev Patel. While the other actors already have new projects, Dev got nothing. This is the very reason why racebending.com exists - Hollywood is not willing to give fantastic young talents like him good roles just because he's Indian. It's heartbreaking.
- I blame all the fail on M. Night Shyamalan, Frank Marshall and Paramount who have all demonstrated an incredible amount of unprofessional stupidity thorough the whole past 19 months. And yes, Shyamalan has lost all my respect - especially with his latest interviews. Whatever benefit of the doubt I was willing to give him it's gone right now.
As a fan of the series, as someone who's creating their own fantasy world and as an admirer of cinema I cannot and will not support this movie and I ask you to skip it as well. Do not watch The Last Airbender.
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