I was hooked on Avatar:The Last Airbender series after the first episode. The idea of a world where different people can control elements was just awesome and very similar to daydreams I constantly had. It was like someone hacked into my head to make the world more real.
Only it was much more than that. Avatar made an incredibly complex (for a kid's show, at least) world and plot and added such unique life into the characters, creatures and life lessons. The influence of fighting styles and the overpoweringly beautiful culture of China just made the film so much more than a Nickolodeon cartoon.
And then M. Night Shyamalan decided he wanted to fuck everything up. Pardon my language, but here comes a rant.
The Last Airbender was the biggest disappointment I have ever witnessed. I realized that they had about seven hours to cram into a two hour movie but toddlers could have done better than Shyamalan did. The spirit world, which was a deep and powerful concept in the series was reduced to a misty place where sometimes a dragon will say "inspiring" things to you. The bending itself was ridiculous. Every bender had to flail around for twenty seconds before anything would happen which looked TERRIBLE. The elements were supposed to be an extension of the bender and were supposed to move with them! They weren't supposed to flail randomly after a series of kicks and arm waving!
And firebending??? They cut down the power of the benders by only giving them the power to bend flames that already existed. Sooo.....why didn't the water tribes just put out their flames and candles when the fire nation came?? really??? Were we supposed to be shocked when Iroh (pronounced EE-roh in the film) produced fire out of nothing? He and everyone else had been doing that the entire series!
The race issue really pissed me off. Though it was probably lost on the younger viewers, the creators of the show cleverly hinted and compared the Fire nation to the Nazis of Germany with their propaganda of a superior race and the genocide of entire races and cultures and kept them pale compared to the varied skin tones of the other nations. Yes, they were probably implied to all be different races of Asian but the fact that they didn't carry through with that is probably because of the target audience and I get that.
But making the main cast white and turning all the bad guys into middle eastern villains??? WHAT THE FUCK. As if the United States didn't already have a huge group of ignorant people that believes everyone from India and Pakistan are terrorists and villains? I saw this with my Indian friend and her sisters and we were all just insulted. Terrible terrible choice on the actors. They looked wrong and acted terribly.
I think Shamalamadingdong was pissed people kept forgetting how to pronounce his name so he changed character names for no fucking reason. Aang? Ong. Sokka? Sooka. Iroh? Eeroh.
He even changed the fucking word avatar to ah-vatar. Thats not artistic freedom, idiot, thats you making the entire cast sound like they have a retarded speech impediment. They are saying it WRONG. AAAAAvatar is how its pronounced in the fucking dictionary and I don't know that there is a single fucking soul out there who appreciates the changes to the names either.
This director is an idiot who somehow got his hands on a masterpiece like a child with a bottle of Ketchup who somehow got his hands on a Monet.