POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD!!!
File the ending of "The Ember Island Players" under Hilarious In Hindsight
. That... wasn't a good movie. I'll say. No kidding. Horrible. You said it. But
the effects were decent.
The only thing the movie does right is satisfy anyone's desire to see what bending might look like in the "real" world. Honestly, though, there are many scenes where the actors are doing all these complicated moves and nothing
happens, as if someone seriously did just forget to add the CGI of elements reacting to them. What CGI bending there is is cool, though, and I loved the music.
Aside from the visuals and music, there's nothing else about the movie to like. The plot and the characters are very poorly written, it has none of the humor or excitement or drama of the series, it doesn't even make the smallest Mythology Gag
to the series, and "Grandma" (*groan*) has the Avatar confused with Captain Planet
. The Avatar cannot bend, and I quote, "heart" (chi, yes, but "heart," no!). I expected the grand battle at the Northern Water Tribe to be the moment for the plot to shine, but they ruin everything: Zuko and his arch rival Zhao never fight once, there's no Koh or Aang merging with Ocean Spirit, Yue makes her sacrifice but doesn't turn into the Moon Spirit, and Zhao is killed in the most anti-climactic, pathetic way possible.
Only worth seeing once, and that's only if you've seen the cartoon.
Interesting things of note: Sozin's Comet has 3 years to arrive (to allow for the real actors to age), Iroh clearly thinks Zuko needs to get laid
, and the additional Elemental Baggage
to Firebending is just stupid.
Stick with adapting only episodes
of Nickelodeon shows
instead of the whole series, Shyamalan.