Thursday, July 1, 2010
The Last Airbender?
M. Night Shyamalan's star has dimmed so much in the ten years since he shook up Hollywood with The Sixth Sense and the even better Unbreakable, that studios would be wise to divorce his name from his work. From a filmmaker who has been scraping the bottom of the creative barrel for nearly 5 years, adapting a source material seemed like the sort of career life-support he was due for. Take the story out of his hands and let him do what he is good at; namely suspense. While an adaptation of a children's anime series doesn't lend itself to atmospherics, I at least expected mixed reviews given his eye for detail and skill behind the camera. Funny thing about career arcs; they're a tough track to jump. Especially when you're on the downslope. It currently boasts a Tomatometer score of 7% (6 positive reviews, 78 negative), a number that makes his last film The Happening (18%) look like Raging Bull. Here are some choice quotes from a few reviews in case you are still on the fence (SS, ahem).
"The current national priorities should be as follows: reduce carbon emissions and stop funding the films of M. Night Shyamalan." - Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"It's rare to see a film so choppily edited, poorly scripted and spastically directed that you can barely understand what you're watching." - Rafeer Guzman, Newsweek
"If any movie ever warranted a class-action lawsuit against the filmmakers, it’s The Last Airbender. " - Keith Phillips, The Onion AV Club
"The Last Airbender is an insult to anyone with a triple-digit I.Q. and a willingness to use it inside the confines of a movie theater." -James Berardinelli, Reelviews
And finally, Mr. Roger Ebert,
"The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented" Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times