The Last Airbender Movie 2010

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Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender poster (Google Images)
Nickelodeon's Avatar: The Last Airbender poster (Google Images)

From Anime to Action Film

Finally! The moment has come that I have a chance to see The Last Airbender come to life on the widescreen! Based on Nickelodeon's animated series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, this action packed motion picture, has been long awaited by many.

The third and last season of Avatar: The Last Airbender ended in July of 2008 and since then, there has been talk of a movie. I assumed that the movie was going to be anime as well and I never imagined it to be a "real" film with "real" actors. My first question was: "How are they going to pull this off?"

In Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang, the avatar, disappears just when the world needed him the most. 100 years past and the Fire Nation had launched a war against the world. It's now up to the return of the avatar to save the world.

Cast

Noah Ringer...Aang

Dev Patel...Prince Zuko

Nicola Peltz...Katara

Jackson Rathbone...Sokka

Shaun Toub...Uncle Iroh

Synopsis

Katara of the Southern Water Tribe and her brother, Sokka discover a boy and a strange, gigantic animal encased in ice. The boy has arrow tattoos on his body, indicating he is an airbender. The strange thing is, 100 years ago, all the air benders were massacred by the Fire Nation.

Aang turns out to be the Avatar; the master of all elements and the only one who can restore balance to the world. Nickelodeon's animated series consists of three series in which Aang masters the four elements. Being born an airbender, he has already mastered airbending. Before he was able to master the other three elements, he was trapped in ice for 100 years (you'll have to see the movie to find out just how... if you haven't already seen the animated series).

This live action movie features only "Book 1", the season in which Aang masters water.

This movies takes us through the struggle between the banished prince Zuko of the Fire Nation--who's sole goal in life is to capture the Avatar--and Aang.

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The Anime vs the Movie

There were a few huge differences I noticed right away. For one, the circumstance in which Katara and Sokka discovered Aang in the ice was a lot different. I, for one, prefered the conditions in which he was found in the animated series. It was a lot more interesting than the movie version but it sufficed.

The pronunciation of Aang and Sokka's name was different than in the animated series. In the anime, the characters pronounced Aang with a long A instead of a rounded A in the movie. Sokka, in the movie sounded more like so-ka instead of the anime pronunciation sah-ka. The pronunciation isn't a big deal but it confused me in the beginning of the movie.

Sokka's character seemed a lot older than he was portrayed to be in the anime. He was also very serious, which disappointed me a bit because the anime Sokka is hilarious. I was looking forward to the physical comedy and corny jokes of the anime Sokka.

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The Music Behind the Picture

The action of the movie was driven by the background music. Personally, I've always loved the music in the animated series and I especially love the music in the movie. For those who like soundtracks and film scores, The Last Airbender soundtrack is worth purchasing. I know I will be purchasing it.

Airbending: Ba Gua

Waterbending: Tai Chi 

Earthbending: Hung Ga

Firebending: Northern Shaolin 

My Overall Review

I found the beginning of the movie to be kind of slow and, frankly, a little boring. However, as the story progressed, it became a lot more interesting. In addition to the slow beginning, I felt that the acting wasn't too convincing. The acting, however improved greatly as the show went along.

The action scenes in this movie were so cool! The special effects were very believable and the martial arts choreography was awesome. Each element has it's own martial arts style (as seen in the box to the right).

To me, the "choreography" was the best part of this movie. Of course, the story line is great since it's taken directly from the animation but the true beauty was the action scenes.

For those who like Avatar: The Last Airbender, this movie could either disappoint you or leave you satisfied. The second half of the movie made up for the slow beginning so it's worth seeing. I'll recommend this movie to anyone who loves action.

I give this movie not more than 4 stars out of 5. If it weren't for the intriguing action scenes, I would have given the movie only 3 stars--I decided to be kind. I did enjoy the movie despite its slow, disappointing beginning and subtle differences (compared to the anime). It's still worth seeing.

I'm looking forward to the next two sequels.

Screenshots

Discovering Aang
Discovering Aang
Sokka and Katara
Sokka and Katara
Sokka and Katara watching Aang taken away
Sokka and Katara watching Aang taken away
Prince Zuko
Prince Zuko
Fire vs Earth
Fire vs Earth
Uncle Iroh displays his firebending
Uncle Iroh displays his firebending
Aang
Aang
Aang in "the avatar state"
Aang in "the avatar state"

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Action movies are one of my favorites so I'll probably see this film. Will let you know what I think. Thanks for the fascinating review.


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

I agree it was slow in the beginning but the end definitely made up!!! I look forward to the next movie. Good review Kaltopsyd.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello again, drbj! You're such a supportive follower. Definitely let me know what you think because I had mixed feelings about this one but mostly good feelings... towards the end anyway.

Marvalous, you too are a dedicated follower and commentor. Thanks!


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Not a movie theater fan(asthma and theaters don't mix..) but your review was awesome!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Aww, sorry, bayoulady. You should rent it when it comes on DVD. Thanks for your encouraging comment!


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John B Badd 6 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

I want to see it but I am not yet sure if I will go to the theater or buy the video. It sounds cool.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello, John. You can rent it if you really want to see it. If there's a RedBox anywhere near where you are, then you should rent it from there. $1... you won't lose a lot.


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TVTopTen 6 years ago

I loved the cartoon as a kid and was going to watch it, maybe I will wait for it to be on Neflix though.

In my opinion Last Airbender should have been called Avatar...And Avatar something like "The Matrix 5" :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello TVTopTen. Glad you stopped by. I guess they couldn't name the movie Avatar because of the other movie "Avatar" (with the blue people, lol). It would bee too confusing. I totally agree with you though. They should have named it the original cartoon title. When you check it out on Netflix, you have to let me know what you think about it.


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

I am waiting to watch this movie at cinema soon. Still not on theatre around me yet :(. Thank you for the review.:)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi Freya. I hope you get to see the movie when it comes to the theatre near you. Thanks for commenting.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago

interesting hub. although i can't say i agree with you about the movie, but you did explain yourself quite well though to validate your opinions. keep up the good work.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, Stevennix. Thanks for stopping by and expressing your opinion. Like I said, the acting was bad and the movie was slow but the action was great. Thanks for commenting!


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meow48 6 years ago from usa

what a great review. my daughter absolutely loved this move. take care.


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Roger Blackwell 6 years ago from guadalupe

Nice review


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks meow 48 and Roger B. I'm glad you two enjoyed the review.


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sammyfiction 6 years ago from Australia

I'm quite excited to see this movie even if it is with actors and not anime.. it has not come out in Australia yet :( But your review was very insightful, thanks!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, Sam. I'm interested in finding out if you like it when it does get to Australia (if you see it of course). Thanks for commenting!

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