Review: “The Last Airbender,” By M. Knight Shyamalan; Stay Away

By K. Boyce

Making a little-needed live-action film of an incredible animated series was an unpopular move. But the flop that was the result of M. Knight Shyamalan’s directing effort is rumored to have a sequel in the works.

The Last Airbender, a film by M. Knight Shyamalan, is a film based off of the Nickelodeon animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender. And though the animated series has a large following, there was no excitement surrounding Shyamalan’s live-action film.

According to many viewers, the film was very low-budget and badly done, and not even in a way that made it humorous. The film, which boasts a one-star review on Rotten Tomatoes and is being sold for as low as a dollar and twenty cents on amazon, is bound to result in an equally disappointing sequel.

Clearly, the story which spanned an entire season of a cartoon cannot be squeezed into the length of a feature film, and there is no need to continue the trend by fitting the second season of the show into another film.

Yet Shyamalan is rumored to be doing it again. Posters for The Last Airbender Part 2: Crossroads of Destiny are beginning to appear all over the internet and in the theaters, despite the fact that there is yet to be an official webpage or any official information on the film’s production or release.

Shyamalan has confirmed that he at least has the Last Airbender sequels mapped out, despite the fact that the first film made only $79 million, of the $150 million spent on the project. Dismal critical reception of a film does not, by itself, stop the production of a sequel.

Strangely, the creators of the cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender were very supportive of Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender film.

Much of the critics’ blame for the film’s failure is placed on Shyamalan, for becoming so invested in a project that attempted to please so many audiences that it pleased no one. However, Shyamalan’s continued work on sequels to the film may be seen as something that will attract more people to the show.

Therefore, despite the non-fulfillment of  the first film, there is little reason to be seen for preventing the production of a sequel. It is likely that the Avatar: The Last Airbender fans who regarded Shyamalan’s film to be a failure will have yet another disappointing movie to avoid.