So, as you may or may not know, I am a huge fan of the cartoon series Avatar: The Last Airbender.
It's funny, dramatic, great action, great voice acting where kids actually voice the kids (this may shock some of you but most kids in cartoons are voiced by 40 year old women).
Also, for all the great action, drama and characters, it might be the best thing for kids I've seen in a long time.
Now as you ALSO may know, I am a huge fan of the early work (see that line I just drew?) of M. Night Shamylan. I think 6th Sense and Unbreakable are amazing films. But lately, really everything he's done NOT named 6th Sense or Unbreakable? Not a fan.
Still- between my interest in the cartoon and interest in the writer/director, I wound up seeing the Last Airbender movie.
The verdict? It's ok. And honestly, that means this is a thumbs down review.
If someone gives you $150 million dollars and you can't make a more compelling work than a cartoon, you have failed.
Another disappointment below. This is potentially a spoiler for the cartoon. You have been warned.
Probably the part of this movie I was looking forward to the most, there's a point in the cartoon where the Avatar meets this creepy demon that can steal faces. I was *really* looking forward to seeing the 6th Sense guy give everyone under 20 in the theater nightmares with this scene. It's creepy in the damn cartoon.
It's not in the movie. At all. That was a huge disappointment. Of course, this is a kid's movie I guess. Maybe they left the scene out for creative reasons, or maybe time. Still kind of a let down.