Excessive effects spoil movie

2010-09-13 00:00

IT doesn’t really matter what I say. Your child will want to watch this movie no matter how badly I review it.

This film reminds me of Hannah Montana and The Suite Life on Deck; these may not be the best of television programmes, but because of the markets that they are directed toward, (that is, the children’s channel worshippers) they are successes. So successful in fact that their teenage stars are all multi-millionaires today.

Now, don’t get me wrong, The Last Airbender is not that bad (I was just putting forward an idea), but it’s just not that good either. Well, at least, that’s what I feel.

Based on the Nickelodeon show Avatar: The Last Airbender, this movie tells the story of Aang, a young Avatar (which is a link to the spirit world that is able to control all four of the elements) who disappears. In his absence, the fire-bending clan tries to take over the world, and now he has to stop them!

It’s kind of like The Karate Kid meets Harry Potter meets The Chronicles of Narnia: loads of kung fu, magic and enchanting beasts. But while this film has all the elements (pun intended) to be one of those movies you just have to see and still buy the DVD, it didn’t leave me feeling like that. It didn’t leave me feeling much, actually.

You know, a good “children’s movie” will always leave you wanting to be like the main character (or maybe that’s just the way that I feel afterwards), but this film left me feeling like I had just watched any other forgettable movie. I didn’t have that urge to learn karate or a few magic tricks — nothing.

Perhaps it’s because more attention was put into the special effects than anything else. Good effects are awesome, but, just like almost every other movie shot for 3D in recent times, you are bombarded with great special effects that would look extraordinary if you were watching the movie in 3D, but when you’re not it just looks excessive.

I can understand how in 3D the effects can capture the audience and keep them focused, but before 3D cinema movies relied on a lot more to win their audiences over — and unfortunately, most South Africans just don’t have access to the luxury that is 3D cinema.

But, like I said, if your children are into the Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez, they will probably think that this film is the best thing since sliced bread no matter what I say — or how bland it actually is.


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