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Josh-D. S. Davis

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The Last Airbender
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The last Airbender was a good movie. For me, I rate it 3.5 out of 5 stars. The Kids really liked it, probably 4 stars. We'd definitely see it again.

The target audience for the series and therefore the movie is ages 6-11. This might be an issue because teen and adult viewers might have different expectations for the movie. It's not a Matrix like action flick. It's an epic saga. Also, there are many parallels to modern day technology vs tradition and finding a balance.

This movie was effectively Book I: Water. Book I was something along the lines of 20 episodes, so of course there are some cuts to fit it into a movie. Pacing was slightly rushed in some layers and slightly slow in others. I think it fits the story though.

I'm anxious to see books 2 and 3 if they come out.

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We LOVED the animated series. I know I've watched the whole thing at least four times through and I can't even guess at the number of times Zoe has watched it. It was so incredibly well done. I'm honestly not looking forward to the movie just because I've heard so many negative things about it, from who was cast to how the changed it and even the acting. I'm afraid that it won't hold a candle to the actual series and I'll be disappointed... but I still want to see it! Maybe I might be better off just "forcing" Zoe to sit through the cartoon with me again instead ;)

Avatar: The Last Airbender

I was very pleased with the casting. The casting complaints we saw were that it wasn't all Asian actors. Well, the cartoon wasn't all Asian, and the target market was the US. It wasn't a converted import.

Obvously, 10 hours of book I material had to be trimmed to fit in movie format. You'll probably feel the plot is just a tiny bit rushed, and there's a substantial lack of subplots (20 episodes vs 1).

Also, the comic relief from the uncle, from Ang, and from Sokka are missing. So expect the movie to be more serious.

Where it's enhances is in the reverence to the old ways. There are some pretty big parallels between Ang and the Dali Lama, and you can see that in the movie.

Also, there is a moderate amount of practice shown which almost looks a little forced, to ensure you see what's going on.

They show the inner struggles of Ang pretty well.

Appa is not as important a character as I'd expect, but he's really well done. I'm hoping he would be shown more in Book II.

Anyway, It is different, because it's a different rendition, but it's definitely worth seeing.

As someone who knows next to nothing about the series, the book(s) or the movie, I still want to know why James Cameron got to co-opt the name Avatar for his own use, leaving this movie to have to call itself The Last Airbender. When I first heard talk about an Avatar movie coming out, I thought it was this one. And of course, I was wrong.

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