Friday, July 09, 2010
With that in mind, I was prepared to give Airbender a lot of latitude. However, it fell into the same trap that many modern movies have fallen into, which is this: They try to use the story to move you along to the next visual effect, rather using visual effects to buttress a good story. Let's face it - visual effects are getting old. We get it Hollywood... there is nothing that, visually speaking, you cannot do.
With that in mind, can we go back to telling a good story?
I am usually not one to watch Nickelodeon cartoons. What got me into The Last Airbender on TV was over-hearing the dialog as my son was watching it. I started to notice that it was often truly witty; that the writers were attentive to the interaction between the characters. Every line was effectively used. Pretty soon I was sitting next to my son watching the next episode.
So, though I was hoping that the movie would stand on its own, that it would take the premise of the TV show and give us a re-imagining of sorts ... instead we got a story that lacked imagination.
My advice is: be content to catch it on DVD.
P.S. I have to add this. There was a lot of hub-bub amongst fans about M. Night choosing non-Asian actors for this movie. In a racial sense, I have to say I didn't care one way or the other. I have to confess though, from an artistic standpoint, I did find it distracting. This movie is obviously set in the context of Eastern/Asian culture and religion. Having all of the leads being played by "white" people was somehow distracting. Again, morally no problem, but artistically I admit I found it to be a hinderance.
Posted by Andrew at 5:45 PM