The Last Airbender, M. Night Shyamalan’s movie, is here.
Some people raise their freak flag. I, on the other hand, have a geek flag and I’m going to raise it with this startling confession: I have watched every single episode of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Last Airbender. If you haven’t watched the cartoon, every episode is available via Instant View on Netflix. Avatar takes places in a world of four kingdoms: Water, Earth, Fire and Air. The Fire Nation has attacked the other three kingdoms, and has brought years of war and famine to peaceful nations. The only person who can save the earth is Aang, a twelve year-old boy, who has been trapped inside an iceberg for one hundred years. His two sidekicks, Katara and Soko from the Water Tribe, must assist him on his grand journey to master all four elements and defeat a Hitleresque Fire Lord seeking world domination.
Many fans of Avatar feel skeptical about M. Night Shyamalan’s role as a director. Some fans worry the horror film king might lose the comedic essence of the original cartoon. Furthermore, M. Night Shyamalan, an Indian-born director, is under allegations of racism after the press learned he cast only “Caucasian” actors as heroes for an Asian-themed film. Finally, M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had any good luck recently; his last three films: The Village, Lady in the Water and The Happening have bombed and disappointed critics.
Can M. Night Shyamalan regain his reputation as a film director? Will the movie be totally lame? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section. . .