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There are 13 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 1, 2010, titled Movie Review | The Last Airbender: Too bent to function | The Colum.... In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

The airbender boy: Aang The Last Airbender Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan.

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Matthew

Batesville, IN

#1 Jul 1, 2010
I loved The last airbender
Shelly

Columbus, OH

#2 Jul 1, 2010
I've followed the cartoon series, and yes I understand the statement referenced. I'm almost 40 and Avatar has been one of my all time favorite tv shows. It doesn't suprise me that a grumpy film reviewer wouldn't "get it"...and I've found that over 90% of the films that critics pan, I love. Likewise, the movies critics swoon over I don't get at all. I go to the movies to escape and be entertained, and The Last Airbender delivers. I highly suggest that the critic watch the first season of the cartoon, then maybe he will "get it".
a critic of critics

Blacklick, OH

#3 Jul 1, 2010
"Anton Ego: In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so... "

I have yet to allow a critic's view sway me from seeing what I think will be good. Sometimes I must admit they are right, but not often. I will see The Last Airbender and will decide for myself.
Danielle

Decatur, GA

#4 Jul 1, 2010
its sad when its the truth i am a huge fan and the movie was horrible
svc

Toledo, OH

#5 Jul 1, 2010
a critic of critics wrote:
"Anton Ego: In many ways, the work of a critic is easy. We risk very little yet enjoy a position over those who offer up their work and their selves to our judgment. We thrive on negative criticism, which is fun to write and to read. But the bitter truth we critics must face, is that in the grand scheme of things, the average piece of junk is probably more meaningful than our criticism designating it so... "
I have yet to allow a critic's view sway me from seeing what I think will be good. Sometimes I must admit they are right, but not often. I will see The Last Airbender and will decide for myself.
You're offering up a quote from Ratatouille?

There are definitely some critics who try too hard to be critical, but for the most part I think they do a good job, particularly some of our local scribes. I generally look for a number of reviews. If everybody says that a movies stinks, I won't see it.

I've seen some of the animated series this film was based on and have absolutely no desire to see this. I wouldn't even if every critic in the world raved that this movie is life altering.
a critic of critics

Blacklick, OH

#6 Jul 1, 2010
svc wrote:
<quoted text>
You're offering up a quote from Ratatouille?
There are definitely some critics who try too hard to be critical, but for the most part I think they do a good job, particularly some of our local scribes. I generally look for a number of reviews. If everybody says that a movies stinks, I won't see it.
I've seen some of the animated series this film was based on and have absolutely no desire to see this. I wouldn't even if every critic in the world raved that this movie is life altering.
Then why are you even bothering to click on the topic? Are you stalking me? You seem to reply to a lot of my posts. Creepy, just creepy.
Wow

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 1, 2010
If you have to say "(i think)" then dont write about it. He didn't write this for you to start watching it. It was made for the people who watched the show the. Of course you didnt understand it.
Idiocracy

United States

#8 Jul 2, 2010
The series is great. There are many layers to the story as a whole. Capturing it in a movie would be pretty tough, but he probably could smooth it out a bit more by doing what worked for Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and Harry Potter, which is just make it an almost 3 hour movie.
Ryan

New York, NY

#10 Jul 4, 2010
My son and I are huge fans of Avatar (Cartoon) and when I seen that M. Night Shyamalan was directing it during the trailers I knew that it was going to be a mess and I was not going to pay a dime to see it. The cartoon is so well written why didn't they just stick with the cartoon team to make the movie. If there is a part 2 I hope they get a new director who can direct.
musti009

Islamabad, Pakistan

#11 Jul 4, 2010
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Oneca

Jersey City, NJ

#13 Jul 14, 2010
I am a 33 year old Avatar fan to the bone but who the hell is Ong?
Why is Zuko and the rest of the Fire Nation Indian and in the family picture in Zukos' pocket his family is Asian?
Why didn't they make it a three hour film showing that he defeats the fire lord and the next movie he finds Zukos mother?
Even my ten year old, who is a fan was thought the diretors were high when they chopped up this great cartoon.
wait for the DVD.
Mollie

Oshkosh, WI

#14 Jul 28, 2010
As a fan may I just say that the fans of the series also hate this movie, because they took away the best parts of the original, and the graphic aspect is horrible.
MIKE

Bronx, NY

#16 Aug 18, 2010
Where to begin. Well I will not rant on the race issue when there is so much else wrong with the film in itself. No one wants to flame a movie although it is very easy to do on the net but if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it probably was a good story idea that M. Night cursed. All of Night’s excuses as well as those excuses stated by his apologists only add fuel to the flame.

All and all the Cinematography and Special effects were alright, although we have seen that quality of work in every film produced after the Matrix (which was a pioneer in that field and broke the mold) Moving water and pyrotechnics has been done to death since the Abyss and Carrie. As for action and CGI (Ohh the pretty colors!) go watch the Sorcerer’s Apprentice or any of the Ang Bak martial flicks out there. No fast paced movement or fluidity we come to expect from Crouching Tiger or Forbidden Kingdom, only Power Rangers in slow motion. Yes that bad. The real shame was the lackluster detail made to Appa. Can anyone say Falcor reject! Did you like that well those were the kindest words you will hear from me in this review.

The actions sequences in the movie were already shown in the trailers which leave nothing left to the movie but talk, talk, and yes you guess it more talking. That in itself would not be so bad; however the script is pure garbage. It’s like sitting thru a kindergarten play of the first Thanksgiving. The actors are simply going through the motions with no enthusiasm whatsoever. The transition to audio book will be seamless!
The Martial Arts (snicker) and Acting were at best mediocre and at worst laughable. Apparently this Noel ringer kid is a talented martial artist, why he held back in this film is anybody's guess. I saw better fighting in the Rundown (A modest film by the former wrestler The Rock which in my opinion is ten times more fun than this abomination). Really I saw better choreography at karate classes for 5 year-olds. Now the acting, everyone except Uncle Iroh and maybe Zuko was somewhat tolerable. Everyone else made you feel you were watching the second or third day of filming. No passion, humor, or chemistry; you simply do not care for anyone in this film. The girl they picked for Katara had one dimension, worrisome, and ran with it. Ang had a sad puppy dog expression and like the rest of the cast took himself too seriously. The guy who played Sokka looked high as a kite and I was waiting for the other cast mates to find him tapping a vein with his arm tied up with a piece of tube. Why so jittery and bug eyed!

I will not go over the changes made from the series because the fans will see and hate them on their own, while the rest of the public will find other things to be sick about. The Critics were so on target with this movie and it’s sad that such a great work of art the series was, was reduced to this effigy of laziness and incompetence. In short this movie has no soul at all. No brains or muscle either for that matter

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