Last week, the much hyped M. Night Shyamalan movie, “The Last Airbender” opened in theaters. Featuring the highly criticized white-washed cast, many among the Asian Pacific American community hoped this would be a flop. Well, according to the wave of recent reviews for the film and the astoundingly low 8 percent it received on Rotten Tomatoes, this wish has been granted.
According to the majority of reviews, when you critique the movie by its major components—storyline, cinematography and acting—there was nothing that made it good. Giving the film a three out of ten, the AZReporter said that the storyline was too complicated to follow. The cinematography for the plot wasn’t appreciated, either. After a late decision to release it in 3D, The New York Times said the film was “so dim and fuzzy that you might mistake your disposable 3-D glasses for someone else’s prescription shades.” And as for the acting? Ignoring the white-washed cast, the Seattle PI gave “The Last Airbender” a C- and regretted the talentless lead actor, Noah Ringer (though they blame Shyamalan for this).
This was just a quick run-through of the many reviews, but it seems like the overall consensus is that the movie is just plain bad. Interestingly, the AZReporter said that the only good actors were Slumdog Millionaire’s Dev Patel and Spider-Man II’s Aasif Mandvi—the two Asian Americans cast. The racial elements don’t seem to play into the bad reviews very much, but it’s good to know that this is one movie people won’t want to tell their friends about.
Last modified: July 7, 2010