Thursday, July 01, 2010

review(not): The Last Airbender

Sometimes I read something just so shockingly stupid that I can't ignore it. In the third paragraph of that link (a review of "The Last Airbender") there is this amazing statement:
The chances of the series ever reaching four movies will depend on worldwide acceptance of a children's fantasy wherein kids save the (imagined) world while adults offer not much more than enthusiastic coaching or outright villainy.
Where "reaching four movies" means being successful and having sequels. Now, the movie (which I've yet to see) is apparently pretty bad, based on a large number of bad reviews. But, a "children's fantasy wherein kids save the world" is neither an original plot device nor the slightest impediment to success. Compare "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". ... And "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban", ad infinitum. The Harry Potter blockbusters are just one recent and notable example. Last time I checked, children like fantasies where children save the world. (And, if the Harry Potter series is any guide, adults can put up with them, too.) It may not be believable, but this is fiction. The statement that that aspect of "The Last Airbender" is some sort of deficiency is inane beyond comprehension.

It is sad, however, that the movie is being received so poorly. I have watched the television show and it is one of the best children's shows on the air. It is one of the best children's shows ever made. It's perfectly done. It blends action, humor, and drama masterfully. I suppose we should all skip the movie. But, if you haven't seen it, go get the TV show on DVD!