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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Kelaan » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:08 pm

Garov wrote:I really only could take Iroh, Sokka, and Azula seriously.

WHAT!? Christ ... it really does sound like they're doing it wrong. Damn.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Shoju » Wed Jul 07, 2010 2:55 pm

If Shamalamahackjob directs any of the other movies, I will not be watching them. Actually, if he is involved in them in any way shape or form, I wont be watching.


A movie doesn't need white people to be good.
slumdog whatshisface is terrible in it. They should have stuck with whoever the other person was.
his justifications are bad.

I don't care if they were brown and the bad guys. I care that this movie was cast horrendously. The world of A:TLA is fuedal asian/oriental fantasy based.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Arnock » Sun Jul 11, 2010 4:42 pm

So, out of curiosity, I decided to go through and watch the show. In all honesty, I didn't have very high expectations, it being a 'kids' show and all.

However, I was quite surprised. Season 1 didn't impress me a whole lot, the plot was somewhat disjointed and episodic. But once I got into season 2 and 3, I began to enjoy it much more.

Most of the characters were surprisingly complex, especially for a children's show. The overarching story was engaging, and the writers did an excellent job of following it, (parts of season 1 being the exception.)

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However, a couple things did kinda bother me. For one thing, from what you see in the show, it seems like the 100 year 'war' was more of a 100 year stalemate. You hear of people going off to fight in the war, but none of the combatants seem to have made any progress between the time of the air nation being wiped out, and the events detailed in the show.

I also never did understand why aang and co. didn't stop and train in the earth kingdom at first, and why they had to go out of their way to get to the north pole right away. And I was kind of irked that they didn't really close the subplot concerning zuko's mother.


Other than those minor points though, it was still a very well done show. Definitely would recommend it.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Joanadark » Sun Jul 11, 2010 5:16 pm

Arkham's Razor: a theory which states the simplest explaination tends to lead to Cthulu.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Garov » Sun Jul 11, 2010 7:21 pm

Arnock wrote:I also never did understand why aang and co. didn't stop and train in the earth kingdom at first, and why they had to go out of their way to get to the north pole right away. And I was kind of irked that they didn't really close the subplot concerning zuko's mother.


I think there's a real quick mention in one of the Season 1 episodes that he has to learn the elements in an order. Water being the first after Air in the cycle. That's really the only thing I can think of for rushing to the North Pole. I agree with Zuko's mom. Would have been interesting to see what potentially drove Azula mad.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Pallywhackr » Mon Jul 12, 2010 6:40 pm

I read somewhere (I don't recall that source) that each element represents a season. Fire = summer, air = fall, water = winter, and earth = spring. Each Avatar learns the elements in seasonal order beginning with their natural element. The cycle of rebirth for the Avatar also follows this pattern. The next Avatar will be a waterbender.

At the end of the series, I began to wonder...what happens once the cycle comes full circle? If Aang is in fact the last airbender, the cycle of rebirth ends at the death of the next Avatar from the Fire Nation.

Edit: To correct the seasons. Derp.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Fivelives » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:07 pm

Aang bangs Katara and single-handedly repopulates the air nation. Duh.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Torquemada » Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:28 pm

Hmm. So I just got back from driving down to Seoul where we saw TLA on base. I admit that I had essentially no familiarity with the source material before, only scathing reviews from this thread, Roger Ebert, and the like. After the last several M. Night Shyamalan movies I was ready to hate him for raping my brain, but... I didn't hate it. Not only did I not hate it, both my wife and I rather enjoyed it for what it was; an entertaining kids movie with Eastern philosophy woven in with an extremely predictable story line.

I'm sure if someone took the Wheel of Time, the Lord of the Rings, or maybe Firefly and turned it into a cheesy kids movie I would probably be rallying against it, but all this did was interest in finding out more about the story. We're debating getting the show and watching it now, and hoping we don't suddenly come to hate the movie as an oversimplification/raping of essential story elements. But then I sat through two seasons of Legend of the Seeker despite it only basically having the characters' names in common with the books, so I'm probably just lazy at this point.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Garov » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:55 pm

Torquemada wrote:But then I sat through two seasons of Legend of the Seeker despite it only basically having the characters' names in common with the books, so I'm probably just lazy at this point.


I would call you a brave man. Either that or you couldn't be bothered to find your remote and change the channel. That show is/was horrid.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Marwan » Wed Jul 14, 2010 5:06 am

Torquemada wrote:We're debating getting the show and watching it now, and hoping we don't suddenly come to hate the movie as an oversimplification/raping of essential story elements.


If you have Netflix all three seasons are up there for free on Watch Instantly and I'd definitely recommend watching it.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Belloc » Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:17 am

The movie isn't bad, especially if you haven't seen the TV show.

Either way, if you come in expecting the movie and series to be the same, you'll be disappointed. If you disconnect the two in your mind, I don't see why you wouldn't enjoy it.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Kelaan » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:02 am

Torquemada wrote:both my wife and I rather enjoyed it for what it was; an entertaining kids movie with Eastern philosophy woven in with an extremely predictable story line.

[A]ll this did was interest in finding out more about the story. We're debating getting the show and watching it now, and hoping we don't suddenly come to hate the movie as an oversimplification/raping of essential story elements.


If you see the movie, and then read the book/see the original series/etc, you often end up not hating it, no matter how badly it's hacked together. For example, Starship Troopers was considered by many Heinlein fans to be an atrocity, capable of powering a Thanatropoic Generator. However, I had never read anything by him before, let alone the story of the same name, and I thought the movie was Totally Awesome. I'd watch it again in a heartbeat today, even: I like it as kitschy Propaganda-Sci-Fi, and it also makes me glad that it was the gateway to my discovering and reading several other of his works. The book's MUCH better, but in a different direction.

Harry Potter's the same way: my wife had never read the first few books until we'd seen several of the films, and she's subsequently devoured the series. (As a result, we both are profoundly dissatisfied with the recent films as renditions of the book on the screen, despite our hungerin' for more awesome wizarding action.)
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Kelaan » Wed Jul 14, 2010 11:04 am

Marwan wrote:If you have Netflix all three seasons are up there for free on Watch Instantly and I'd definitely recommend watching it.


!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you. I am so grateful that I was unable to type that correctly the first three times.
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Garov » Wed Jul 14, 2010 6:31 pm

Anyone been able to find Sozin's comet in DvD? I keep finding all the season's at my local stores but can't ever find the damn ending :(
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Re: Avatar: The Last Airbender (Movie)

Postby Pallywhackr » Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:02 pm

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