'The Last Airbender' Reviews Mixed

Julie Ryan Evans
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The Last AirbenderIn movie news other than Eclipse, M. Night Shyamalan's movie, The Last Airbender, opens this weekend.

It's a fantasy flick based on Avatar: The Last Airbender, an animated series that was on Nickelodeon from 2005 to 2008.

Here's the synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes:

Air, Water, Earth, Fire. Four nations tied by destiny when the Fire Nation launches a brutal war against the others. A century has passed with no hope in sight to change the path of this destruction. Caught between combat and courage, Aang (Noah Ringer) discovers he is the lone Avatar with the power to manipulate all four elements. Aang teams with Katara (Nicola Peltz), a Waterbender, and her brother, Sokka (Jackson Rathbone), to restore balance to their war-torn world. 

Some critics have trashed it completely. The New York Post started its review saying, "It's almost sad what a mess The Last Airbender is." Rotten Tomatoes says, "Despite flashy special effects, The Last Airbender squanders the potential of its popular source material on an incomprehensible plot, laughable dialogue, and a joyless sense of detachment."

Ouch.

Most, however, most seem to agree that it hits the mark for its target audience -- boys 10 and younger.   

Great, I just so happen to have a boy in that age range (6 1/2) and I can't think of a movie I'd rather see less.  

With most children's movies, I fight with my husband over who gets to take my son -- as far as the The Last Airbender goes, it's all his. Call me when it's time for Ramona and Beezus.

Are you looking forward to seeing The Last Airbender?

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