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.

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

  1. natalia   April 17, 2015 at 11:55 am

    I loved the avatar the last air bender and can’t wait for the sequel crossroads of destiny .. to come out I am looking all the time for the release date … I have seen the 2 trailers for the movie on Youtube… so they need to hurry up and release it….

  2. M.Altohamy   February 13, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    That was one of the most beautifull movies I have ever seen. i always search when the 2nd part will be released….. it was just wrong time for the frist part. think now is the right time for the 2nd part. now we realy need such a beautifull fantasy to wash our souls and get us little bit out of the strang reality.
    i love the concept. You do not have to kill the others . try to love and respect them so we may live all in peace…

  3. Dale Morgan   October 19, 2014 at 5:52 am

    Personally i Think all you cartoon freaks need to return back to cartoon network and quit bashing a really GREAT MOVIE alone!!! “”I’m waiting on the sequel””

  4. johan   October 7, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I like this movie… i am always wait the second movie

  5. Ekene Nwachukwu   August 20, 2014 at 9:28 am

    This movie was AMAZING!!!!!! Can’t wait for the second and can I be in the second one ekene nwachukwu

  6. Willette Mitchell   June 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    HOLY HELL DID ANY OF YOU WATCH THE SHOW!? IT WAS A DISASTER! NOTHING FROM THE ORIGINAL MATERIAL WAS USED, THE EFFECTS WERE A DISASTER, THE CHARACTERS BLAND AND EMOTIONLESS IT SUCKED!!!!! NOTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE WAS GOOD AT ALL!!! GO BACK TO THE SHOW AND YOU TELL ME, HOW THE HELL IS THIS MOVIE REPRESENTING AVATAR THE LAST AIRBENDER?

  7. Emre   June 16, 2014 at 1:49 am

    i watched number 1 and i loved it im a freak of avator-last airbender and cant wait till they make the 2

  8. kyle   November 4, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Wow this movie was great….u cant expect to have movie just like the cartoon series u can have better effects in cartoons…I give 5 star for this movie n cant wait to see the next one. The effects were great in this one and the acting was good as well. Stop bashing it. If you have time to message on the message boards all negative then u still remember the movie. If it was so bad why waste your time on here talking about such a horrible movie. Get a life. Stop spreading negativity comment on movies u like. Peace and love

  9. thomas   October 13, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    STILL WAITING FOR PART 2 GEEZ DO I NEED TO DIRECT IT OR WHAT GEEZ////

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