Here it is, folks: this is my last-ditch attempt to keep you from going to see that damn live action adaptation. I'm pretty much at my limit. (Well, I'm hoping to write a Letter to the Editor or something, but that's different; it's offline.)
* Everyone loves N. K. Jemisin and her debut novel, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
, right? Well, she's got a lovely post on the subject up over here
* I linked this yesterday, and I'm not above linking it again: These Are My Colors
, a wonderful run-down of what's wrong with the casting, and how it's hurting people.
* In a similar vein to the previous link, an article called FacePainting
by Roger Ebert, and is a downright amazing
history of color-facing in Hollywood.
* The plot of the movie, in two YouTube videos: Part One
and Part Two
. The grammar's pretty horrible, but it covers pretty much everything that'll happen in the film, plot-wise. Some of the changes are pretty WTF-inducing. If even the horrible casting issues aren't giving you pause, you might want to take a look at these. Oh, and ignore everything about Suki and the Kyoshi warriors; they've apparently been cut. (Spoiler-rampant, obviously.)
* Three clips of the movie itself:Clip One: Zuko vs Katara in the North Pole Spirit Oasis
, AKA, adventures in turn-based RPG land;Clip Two:
Aang Ong vs Fire Nation Soldiers in North Pole Proper
, AKA, adventures in wire harness overuse;Clip Three:
Aang Ong escapes Zuko's custody in the beginning
, AKA, are you sure
this isn't a made-for-TV movie?
* Reviews so far:
-- The Same Old M. Night: Disappointing, Flat, and Just Bad
-- The Last Airbender Movie Thoughts (Spoilers)
-- Racebending.com/MANAA's pre-screening; reactions from one viewer, all racial issues aside, as a fan of the original
-- The Boston Globe: ‘Airbender’ loses something in switch from cartoon to live action
-- Mendelson's Memos: Review: The Last Airbender 3D (2010)
-- A Prophet Catches "The Last Airbender" Early So You Don't Have To At all!
-- 'The Last Airbender' review: Now M. Night Shyamalan is screwing up movies for kids too
-- Roger Ebert's review
-- The Angry Asian Man: the last airbender: this movie could boycott itself
-- The Last Airbender on Rotten Tomatoes
-- Variety reviews The Last Airbender
-- The Hollywood Reporter review: The Last Airbender
-- ***Early*** The Last Airbender Review from Ezra's Reviews
-- NowPublic - REVIEW: The Last Airbender
-- The Last Airbender is boring
-- The Modesto Bee review
-- WSJ - ‘The Last Airbender’s’ 3-D Effects Come Under Fire
-- Shadow and Act - A few (dismal) words about The Last Airbender
-- azcentral 'The Last Airbender' review
-- The AV Club's review
(linked in their tweet, below)
-- Shyamalan's Last Airbender Leaves Us Out of Balance
(written by a pro-caster, no less)
-- The New York Times review
-- The Vancouver Sun: The Last Airbender falls flat
-- LA Times review
(rating is apparently because "If you're the target 10-year-old kid, you might like it!")
-- Collider: THE LAST AIRBENDER Review
-- Capone says M. Night Shyamalan's THE LAST AIRBENDER is a hate crime against those who love movies!!!!
-- io9: M. Night Shyamalan Finally Made A Comedy
-- The Last Airbender: To Boycott or Not?
Dante Basco weighs in.
I'll just add that there are now a whole lot more reviews, and
pretty much everyone who isn't a big name and who thought it was bad is now being slammed as either "a racebender" or otherwise unable to appreciate the movie for some reason (it's 'incomplete' without the next two, they haven't seen the original and don't understand, etc).
* Reviews on Twitter!
-- Film School Rejects
; take two
-- Ellen Fox
-- The AV Club
-- A lovely collage of before-and-after tweets can be seen here
; put together by vejiicakes
(Actually, you can probably just keep an eye on the Racebending
twitter account and catch most to all of these.)
Fans before and after the show (Though I will admit to being pretty damn skeeved at how the interviewer did that pause to look at how he was surrounded by young women before commenting that this was his favorite "first look" so far. On the other hand, Almost!LewisBlack was really damn awesome :Dbb
This video has now been removed.)
-- Yet more before-and-after reactions in this video
In summation: Exposition hell, plot holes all over, and horrible 3D; if you have to pay for the movie, don't shell out extra for glasses.
At this point, I'm going to take a page out of Gene Luen Yang
's book: if you aren't convinced by now not to give this production any money, there's probably nothing I can do to stop you. Just - consider, please, not going the first weekend it's out, or the second. There's plenty of other movies out right now; you don't have to go see The Last Airbender
just yet. A moment of silence for lost opportunity. That's all I ask.
(Other options include: Buying a ticket to see a different movie and switching theaters, so TLA at least doesn't get the money, and piracy ♥ But I'm not supposed to endorse that second one. Even if it is
a great reminder of episode 1x09 of the original series, where Katara's all, "Stealing's okay when it's from pirates :DDDb")
Things to do this weekend and next weekend instead of going to the movie:
* Watch the original series!
* Read/write fic! Draw/look at fanart! Something else fannish!
* Drool over the original series artbook! (Though don't actually get any drool on the book itself, because that would be tragic.)
* Sign up for schmoop_bingo
and fill half the squares per weekend!
* Roll up some katamaris! Or play other video games!
* Make and eat Schadenfeude Pie
* Volunteer work! That's still valuable, right?
Anyone interested in protesting more directly - particularly if you live in/near LA, Seattle, or NYC (with a possible side-order of DC) - check out this post
. If you Hollywood-area types aren't even slightly
tempted by the signed copy of the series artbook, I will, uh. Tell you to go anyway and give it to me if you win. Yes, that works. I, unfortunately, can't go to any of these myself. I had pipe dreams about doing so, but between not knowing which one to go to until now, there not being one in the Midwest, and the reality of the planning that would have to be involved in even trying
to make one of the coastal protest-gatherings this late in the game have conspired to prevent me. Go in my place, and you will have my eternal gratitude ;_;b