Having just waited in line for 2 hours wanting to be the first to watch this I am very unhappy to say this movie was a complete failure. Zero character development and shorthanded story board leaves the viewers and more importantly fans with a bitter taste in their mouths. I went into this movie hoping for the best but preparing for the worse but even this I could not take.
Being a fan of the TV show I was very happy to see it being made into a movie. I was also happy to see M. Night Shaymalan direct. However, I was left disappointed. It was the small things that irked me. The pronunciation of the characters names was different for no reason. Fire benders can no longer create their own fire unless they have the help of Souzin's Comet, which by the way is now 3 years away (the entirety of the TV show lasted less than a year). I don't understand why these changes were made. Also, important parts of the story were left out which could cause problems down the line. And finally, while the acting wasn't great (Noah Ringer was particularly bad however that is expected seeing as it is his first movie) it was the dialogue that ruined this. The dialogue seemed forced and stale.
I am giving this movie just 1/5 as it did have some positives like costumes design and special effects but other than that this movie deserves little else.
If you are a fan of the series please for the love of god don't watch this movie. If you think you are prepared for this onslaught just think about the adaptations of Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, and Dragonball: Evolution. Those would be considered successes after watching this movie.
1 / 5