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First, the short film that accompanies this movie is crazy funny. I’m talking laugh out lo ud funny.
But by far, the funniest part was after the movie was over and there’s a big plastic bin saying “Be Green – Recycle Your 3D Glasses”. I just paid $42 for an adult and a child ticket, sodas and popcorn and you want me to give you back the glasses? Yeah, that’s funny as all heck. 4 stars for TS 3.
The cartoon series was deep, very deep for a cartoon. If you don’t know the story, you might think this is a HR Puff’n’weed fantasy, but it isn’t. The story is kinda complex, but easy to follow. They had to cut out a lot of the first book to make a 2 hour movie (like my favorites the Kyoshi Warriors). I digress. The simple question, will M. Night Shamalamadingdong, mess this one up so as to shut the door on the next two movies? Well, no. Again, I am biased having watched the cartoon series. He did keep pretty true to the story and did explain a lot of the background of why an 11 year old is really 111 years old and why he must save the world. The scenery is spectacular, but the martial arts are sometimes a little lamer than they were in the cartoon. A bit too much flourish before actually bending water. Still, I thought it was very good. He did a good job of shrinking 6 hours of cartoon into 2 hours of movie. The cast was interesting, there was the star from Slumdog, Dev Patel, the funny Middle Easterner Aasiv Mandvi from the Daily Show (yeah, that guy) plays the heavy and does a pretty good job and the Fire Lord is played by Cliff Curtis. Who he? He was a terrorist in True Lies and the FBI head in Die Hard 4. Mostly everybody else is white. No brown people in the Avatar world. If I can slam dingdong for anything, it’s that the footage from the original trailer, where His Airness is being attacked by hundreds of ships from the Fire Nation, is not actually in the movie. Oh, and he changed the pronunciation of The Airbender’s name. Kinda like if a cartoon based on Star Wars pronounced Darth Vader Doth Vadder. The music was slammin.
Blah, blah, blah. We saw it in 3D, but 2D is just fine. The real question, how does this compare to “The Karate Kid”? Don’t know, didn’t see that one. Don’t care for Will Smith or his offspring. Don’t care for the standard “American goes to a foreign country and learns their skills better than they know them story”, but that’s my issue. I will say The Last Airbender is a good movie, whether you saw the cartoon or not. If they do make the next 2 books, this is definitely a story worth seeing. Even if they don’t, this one was good. If you don’t know the story it’s not going to be what you expect. But hang in there…. The best is yet to come…
The new trick is they give you glasses that hurt your head, and if you return them you got $1 off your next 3D movie. Yeah, right.