July 20th, 2011



We're watching The Last Airbender on Netflix streaming. It's free, so we figured we might as well see exactly how bad it is.

And wow, our first impression is oh my god! We're blind! Not from the glare off the snow and ice, from the glare off the blindingly white actors =P

It's not even just a case of racial whatever, they also just look _blatantly_ wrong.

There are a few Inuit looking people around in the village who get shown in the background for a few seconds here or there. Of course that raises the question of how a tribe of mostly Inuits can have a random selection of blindingly white children. I posit that there's actually a hidden fifth nation of race benders.

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So that was... bad. Even aside from the whole race thing. Not even good bad, just underwhelmingly poor.

In order to compress an entire season of anime (cartoons, whatever) into an hour and a half movie they decided to utilize two techniques, working somewhat in concert. First, skip large swaths of the original plot. Second, catch us up on anything important we missed because of that by explaining it through exposition. Multiple times.

And let me tell you, you really haven't seen romance blossom between two people until you've seen... er, heard it summed up as "[they] became friends right away."

Aside from that, the acting was meh, the fight scenes were mostly meh, and the CG effects for the bending were pretty meh. In a lot of the fight scenes it seemed like "and now we're all going to pause and stand around while our opponent(s) waves his arms arms around extravagantly to create a relatively small bending effect."