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YMMV: The Last Airbender
  • Broken Base:
    • The debate over the movie casting was so intense that entire forums were divided over it, with those supporting the casting and those against it being banned for their opinions. Protesters considered those who supported the casting as blind and shrugging off a big issue, while those that eagerly anticipated the movie saw the protesters as not "true" fans.
    • Firebending only being able to manipulate pre-existing flames ( except in special circumstances). People tend to either be upset that it's not the same as in the show, or feel that it now fits with the other three bending types in that it doesn't create the bendable element.
  • Fight Scene Failure: Viewers have criticized all of the fight scenes.
    • When the Earthbender prisoners are staging a revolt, we see six Earthbenders moving in perfect precision and choreography, stomping the earth and releasing a mighty battle cry... and a tiny rock barely bigger than a football floats by very, very slowly. A seventh Earthbender then launches it at a guard. A fan theory suggested that the dancing Earthbenders were actually responsible for making the earth walls previously used to block the fire blasts, but the scene alludes to the cartoon, in which Haru's father was the one who made the earth wall. It probably would have been more effective if all 7 benders instead each picked up a moderately sized rock and just threw them.
    • The above fight scene, along with a few others, were all shot with a single camera, with no jump cuts. This leads to the problem of showing the audience a large number of mooks standing in the background, not doing anything while their friends are getting knocked senseless.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: M. Night Shyamalan claims that while American audiences received the film negatively, audiences in Japan supported his changes.
  • Ham and Cheese: Aasif Mandvi plays Zhao pretty similarly to how he always plays himself on The Daily Show, only, well, evil.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: "The Ember Island Players" episode which came out at the time when this movie was in production. Needless to say, a lot of jokes were to be had using footage from that episode to showcase how bad this film was.
  • Internet Backdraft: Online criticism of the film reached apoplectic levels. It's a good thing that capital letters and boldface are unlimited resources.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Zuko, when he's not yelling or being his general angry self.
  • Memetic Mutation: Before the movie had even come out, early test screening reviews mentioned a scene that has turned the phrase "punching the fish" into a memenote . Other gems include the pebble dance (the most notorious example of the Flynning mentioned abovenote ), Kat-tackle (Katara pushing over a random guard and then just standing there), Zhao constantly mentioning the secret library, Ozai's glowing ass (from a screenshot in which the source of light appears to be Ozai's rear end), Yue's line about believing in beliefs, and her penis hair (how it looks like when viewed from the back.)
  • Narm: Has its own page
  • Ship Tease: The ending of the Oasis fight was significantly more... Zutara-ish.
  • Snark Bait: Oh so very much. It's in reviews, it's in forums, and it's in this very wiki, and it's all because the movie is so awful.
  • So Bad, It's Good: For all the snark the movie gets, it's good for riffing on at least.
  • Special Effects Failure:
    • The CGI animals.
    • There is one scene at the beginning where Sokka is splashed with water and then is immediately dry. Also, it's an arctic area and you can't see anyone's breath.
    • Also, the waterbending is sometimes not even animated.
    • The firebending is pretty much nothing but poorly composed live-action fire elements with some CG that even the film version of Spawn would reject.
    • In case you didn't get the joke, Industrial Light and Magic were the ones behind the effects. You know, the guys who did Star Wars, Transformers, Terminator 2 and Jurassic Park?
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Long before the movie was anything more than a casting list and a few trailers, fans were complaining about changes to the source material. One of the biggest examples from the movie once it finally came out was the pronunciation changes, which Shyamalan deliberately included to make the character names sound closer to their "correct" Asian pronunciations than the Americanized pronunciations from the cartoon. Fans were not pleased.
  • The Scrappy: Katara has far less fans than her cartoon counterpart, mainly for hardly being like Cartoon!Katara and her actress having a severe case of Dull Surprise. It also doesn't help that many of her strong character development moments were either given to Aang or just removed entirely.
  • They Just Didn't Care: A common conclusion from fans of the show is that M. Night didn't care.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Shaun Toub and Dev Patel, though at least the latter was somewhat close to his character's original portrayal.
  • Uncanny Valley: Appa's face in the movie, from what's been seen in the trailers and tie-in toys. Samples here.
  • Unfortunate Character Design: Yue's hair, most notoriously.
  • Unfortunate Implications: One The Agony Booth recapper, objects to what they consider a sexist tone in the film, pointing out that a number of important moments for female characters (Katara's speech to the imprisoned earthbenders, Yue realizing she can sacrifice herself to restore waterbending) are given to male characters instead.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?:
    • Aasif Mandvi as Zhao. Mandvi is a comedic actor best known for his work on The Daily Show.
    • Many fans of the original cartoon preferred Asian actors to play Katara and Sokka because although the characters have ambiguous racial features, their culture is based on Inuits. Caucasian actors Nicola Peltz and Jackson Rathbone were cast instead, but all the Waterbender extras were Asian or Inuit actors, so the main characters don't seem to belong to their own tribe.
      • One might claim that Peltz and Rathbone were simply the best actors for their roles regardless of race, but that doesn't hold up considering how wooden their performances are.

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