The Last Airbender

the last airbender

What can I say about M. Night Shamaylan’s latest exercise in tedium,The Last Airbender?To begin with, I don’t think it’s a good thing when you want all those characters who are hunting the young hero (a boy with airbending powers and a reluctant, would-be Avatar to boot) to actually catch up with him and put him—and us—out of our misery. 

 In fact, the last time I felt like this was when I saw The Client, in which everyone is after this truly obnoxious boy that Susan Sarandon is shielding—and I wanted the gangsters to get him).  The movie is in 3-D, which I don’t mind paying for if there are some good effects-well I ‘m still waiting for them.  The cast is either bland or unsympathetic; the airbending scenes look like failed auditions for the Alvin Ailey Dance Company; the action scenes are ineptly staged.  This is a movie that Aasif Mandvi would make fun of in his role as a commentator on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart—only he can’t because he plays the villain-poorly.  There is also the threat of a sequel, so please save your money and go to another movie—any movie.  Life is too short.


Mike Peros
Mike Peros is an author whose new book, JOSE FERRER: SUCCESS AND SURVIVAL, the first biography of the Oscar and Tony-winning actor, has just been published by the University Press of Mississippi, while his previous book, DAN DURYEA: HEEL WITH A HEART is now available in paperback.