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sherkahn ([personal profile] sherkahn) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2010-06-29 04:38 pm

The Last Airbender: Rumble

I feel I owe an explanation for an earlier small rant, as I seem to have irritated a sore spot. And to keep things light, I offer this token of good will behind the cut. From Nickelodeon Magazine #9... as the movie approaches, I offer you a true treat from the Last Airbender universe.

*note - not my scans.

After hearing how Bumi retook the mountain top city of Omashu all by himself, Suki casually comments that he must be the greatest earthbender of all time... just as Toph was walking by. And you know how Toph feels about that title.

In the canyon just outside the camp, they begin their friendly duel.

The sparring gets more intense, disturbing the rest of the encamped Order of the White Lotus on the eve of their liberation of Ba Sing Se. In order to stop them from drawing unwanted attention, the Order must stop the fight. Easier said than done, and it takes all of them to rein in the two great Earthbenders.

Want. Rematch. Now.

Mod note: 3 pages of 10. 1/3 rule.

Now, about earlier...let me clarify my rant. Feel free to skip from here on in if you don't wish to read it.

Being of one of the "brown" tribe (and with one of those names that requires an apostrophe in an odd place and a "z" you do not pronounce) I dig where you are coming from.

My swipe was at the name of the director/writer, not the family and heritage that precede it. The talented M Night Shyamalan I have come to know directed the "6th Sense", "Unbreakable", and "Signs" (which I liked). After "The Village", something horribly changed, and his art took a serious turn for the worse. He took himself too seriously and forgot the golden rule of story-telling: "Keep it simple, stupid." Since then the refreshing director that had a new voice and vision is now gone, replaced by a hack who turns great "gold into straw".

If Shyamalan had remained in his own kitty litt- I mean sandbox, had he only tinkered around with his ideas, then I would keep my trap shut. It's an individual following his own vision. I can respect that. What he's done with the "Last Airbender" film for me borders on religious blasphemy. "Fanboy rage" would be another term, but it is well deserved. This is more than just disappointment and bitterness. This story holds a very dear spot in my heart, which is something to say for an older fan who's seen them come and go. This filmshould have been the next "Star Wars", open to all ages, with cultural significance on that level would be felt for generations to come. Instead, it's almost as bad as 1998's Godzilla. The hints of epic greatness were there, but it was for naught.

The Last Airbender film should have been introduction of older, living traditions and beliefs the Western world doesn't know or understand much, but would welcome to learn and respectfully integrate. A new introduction to mythologies and philosophies older than Rome to an eager new generation. Something that would show that even kids can make the world a better place by having it's lead character practice tolerance, understanding, the willingness to grow and not remain trapped by the scars of time, and the value of families in any form they come. Does the film show this? Nope.

Also, what Cameron's "Avatar" did for visual effects the "Last Airbender" should have done for contemporary adventure-storytelling with genuine heart, because the goods were right there. It sure looks pretty and has some astounding visuals, but nothing that makes the heart beat faster or get the spirit excited. Golden rule: Don't "fix it" or alter it if it's not broken, something the director forgot.

The casting issues have been done to death, so I won't go there. I just know a lot of talented people who could have filled the roles were left out as they should have been.

Instead... well, I will let you judge it for yourself. What I will do is return "the kindness done", and abuse the only thing M Night Shyamalan can trade on: his name. His talent ... it doesn't live inside the man anymore.

suggested tags
title: Avatar the Last Airbender
character: Toph Bei Fong, the Greatest Earthbender in the world.
character: King Bumi
character: Katara
character: Sokka
character: Suki
character: Prince Zuko
character: Uncle Iroh/Dragon of the West
character: Master Pakku
character: Master Piandao
character: Jeong Jeong
group: Order of the White Lotus

creator: Joshua Hamilton
creator: Johane Matte
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[personal profile] neuhallidae 2010-06-30 05:06 am (UTC)(link)
If the clip that's up of her fight with Zuko in the big battle scene are any indication, I'm not holding my breath for anything amazing. Never in my life would I have thought that one could make that fight, with all its awesome, boring. The parts of the fandom that compared the version from the live movie to a turn-based RPG were dead on.