When it comes to mentioning word “Avatar” in any sort of discussion, people instantly think of the “Avatar”, the blockbuster movie that’s so overrated because of its CGI that it makes me cry. Very few know of the first mentioning of Avatar (at least world-widely), Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Avatar: The Last Airbender is the story of a little boy Aang, who was raised by the Monks. When he was told that he was the next Avatar, the wielder of all the elements (Air, Fire, Water, Earth), he ran away and disappeared for hundred years. During that time, Fire Nation began its quest of conquering the world. Led by the line of Firelords, they’ve managed to wipe entire Airbending nations off of the world. Hundred years after his disappearance, Aang was found by the young Katara and her brother Sokka. From there on, three of them began the quest of their lives – to teach Aang all four elements in order of defeating current Firelord Oazi.
Now, the basic storyline seems simple but the development of the series is far from that. When it comes to the animation work, or cartoons if you may, even Anime, most of the people think of the Dragon Ball, Pokémon, Digimon, One Piece, Naruto and so on, but Avatar: The Last Airbender should be their first spot in that remembrance. From the very first episode of the show, you’re cruised into the story that just keeps getting better until the very last one, where you tear your eyes without your will.
Now, this post is not only about Avatar: The Last Airbender, but also about its sequel, The Legend of Korra. Korra is the new Avatar, the one after Aang, and she’s everything Aang isn’t: Stubborn, furious, impatient … while that gives an edge to the Korra, it definitely removes lots of good stuff from Avatar: The Last Airbender. The first season of The Legend of Korra just ended, and it seems that there won’t be another. For me, personally, Avatar: The Last Airbender was far better. Writing was better, character development was better and, overall, it just seemed better. Don’t get me wrong; The Legend of Korra is an amazing TV animation, and it will suck you into its story without question, but it leaves too much ground for development: it just seems too rushed. Graphically speaking, The Legend of Korra is probably at least ten times better than Avatar: The Last Airbender, but that’s it.
I can’t help but to remember Uncle Iroh, and all that that man has taught me. There’s Tenzin in the Legend of Korra, for sure, but somehow it just doesn’t come close enough. Both shows are amazing, for sure, but if you have time and willingness to watch only one, I’d suggest Avatar: The Last Airbender.
As you have noticed, there’s no bashing in the text above, so I’ll make it up to you below.
I’ll talk about another Avatar-themed movie. Simply named “Avatar”, the movie has no connection with the shows. I am, though, glad that it doesn’t. As many summer blockbusters, Avatar was glorified by reviews because of his outstanding “story”, “acting”, “dialogue”, and of course the world its set in. Avatar is anything but good – it’s a shame of today’s movie makers; it’s the lowest point one can hit in order to crawl back up. The story is entirely stolen from the classics like “Dances with the Wolves” and “The Last Samurai”. There’s absolutely nothing original in the story expect that it’s placed in space on some planet called “Pandora”. Now, on Pandora there’s something that Earth doesn’t have: big, tall people that, somehow, can learn English really fast. They are bound with the nature but nature is on the way of Human expedition in order to collect some sort of energy stone that provides much money back on Earth. The movie is filled with shit … only, this time, shit is blue somehow. I’m ashamed when I see what rating this move has on IMDB when movies like “The Last Samurai” and “Dances with Wolves” have either same or lower rating. It strikes my heart deep … too deep. I reckon that once this movie had rating around 9.5 on IMDB. I seriously wanted to hack the shit out of the IMDB just to correct this injustice. Then, it came out in 3D! Hohoho! The Santa’s here to deliver shit, in 3-FUCKING-D! It’s 2h and something more of blue shit crawling around the screen – in 3D! I’d rather watch my own shit floating in the toilet – it’s realistic, it has its purpose, great plot and it’s even better than 3D! That’s what Avatar is – a crap of crap of crap.
While reading some of the reviews on IMDB, I seriously wept for humanity. To see in which words people are glorifying this shit, comparing it even to “Star Wars”, it made me sadder than the day I found out my father is dead. HOW CAN THIS SHIT BE AS GOOD AS STAR WARS? PLEASE – TELL ME?!
I’ve even watched this movie like 3-4 times just to see what other people see – what’s good in it. NOTHING! Even the CGI from time to time just seems overused and non-realistic. For the pretty Love of the Good Movies, can someone erase this movie from existence? It’s filled with cliché crap, predictable in every single way and boring to death. Come on people, get fucking educated before judging this crap as one of the best movies ever.
I don’t want to even start on commenting Avatar: The last Airbender movie because it’s worse than crap. It’s even worse than Avatar which is hard to top off. So long the crucifixion of stupidness of this world. See you in the halls of crap … where Avatar and those alike shall dwell.