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The Last Airbender Movie Review

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This movie was based on the popular cartoon called “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. I’m sure that if the movie “Avatar” had not been thought up by James Cameron then the Last Airbender movie would have been called “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” Issues about the name aside, the movie was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and that alone should have sounded alarm bells in many people. “Oh, he’s a famous movie director!” exclaimed many, but with his recent films tanking, I was worried. There’s also the fact that it was suddenly announced it would be 3D, which I’m sure only came about as a result of Avatar’s (the one with blue aliens) success. A movie that was supposed to be 2D, suddenly turning 3D… hmmmm. Weighing heavily on my mind was the controversy surrounding the casting of this film as well. They completely changed the race of certain characters, in some cases entire nations, from the original. It had left many feeling angry as the movie wasn’t being loyal to┬áthe original. People went as far as to say the casting was discriminatory and racist and backed up sites such as Racebending. With so much stuff already going sour for the film before hitting theatres, I wasn’t sure what to expect. So, when I went to watch it, I thought “Okay, let’s forget about everything people were saying about the film, any rumours and/or controversies surrounding it, and let’s go in with an open mind.” And so I did.

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