Which isn’t to say I don’t think that THE LAST AIRBENDER does not suffer from other critical problems beyond insulting, wrong-headed, casting. M. Night Shamylan was just not the right guy to adapt a light-hearted children’s epic to the big screen. While there is a certain element of melancholy to AVATAR, the show was mostly optimistic, bright, and most importantly, FUN. M. Night Shamylan has nothing in his repertoire that indicates he has the ability to make that kind of movie; not to mention his consistant ball-dropping since UNBREAKABLE (some people say SIGNS, but I really find that movie to be completely bullshit). I feel like the AVATAR guys got star struck because a guy who used to be a pretty big named director sought THEM out while looking for his own HARRY POTTER (which Shamylan has openly admitted to in interviews), and handed over the keys to the kingdom without considering what kind of movie this guy would make, rather than potentially waiting around for a better deal (though NICKELODEON probably had a lot to say abut it as well).
All in all, I’m just disappointed to see a property I enjoyed so immensely (AVATAR really is one of my favorite shows of all time, animated or otherwise… definitely better than BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, to speak about ball dropping), fucked up so bad, and chances are… there is not going to be another chance for anyone to do it right.]]>