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To make TLA a better movie
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Hello, world! I'm KaneC from Malaysia, and I'm a huge fan of Avatar: The Last Airbender since the show premiered in my shores in 2006. The first time I saw the show, I thought it was a flagship show for the Asian market, but to my surprise, it's actually made in America! It was a pretty good Asian-based piece of work and it's way better than all those other cartoons from the States. The creators clearly did their homework by doing research on a lot of things like culture to calligraphy to martial arts movements.
Now I'm actually a pro-Racebending supporter, as I encourage Hollywood to focus on minority actor and not always give the lead roles to actors of Caucasian or African-American descent. M Night Shyamalan's movie adaptation was supposed to be a launching pad for young Asian, Polynesian and Native American actors, but instead, the lead roles are given to Caucasians, though it was recently revealed that Aang's actor is of Native American descent.
So basically I watched the entire series, from start to finish, and I fell in love with its scenery, its music, its dialogue, its action and the characters that grew significantly as the series progresses. Unfortunately, that is not the case in M Night's movie. Aside for some minor issues (firebending from a source, yellowface, name pronunciations), I am disappointed that the director once known for movies like The Sixth Sense turned what is regarded as one of the best animated series ever made to one of the worst-reviewed movies of 2010. I was hoping for another Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, but what we ended up is a movie with barely any character development, too much exposition, sloppy bending, amateurish dialogue, little to no humor and almost no entertainment value. I urge fans to start watching the entire series, then watch M Night's movie, compare both and come up with some suggestions for a re-write that would be way better than M Night's final nail in the coffin.
Check out my drafts of the ATLA movie rewrite:
- A better version of the first movie.
- My version of Book 2.
- And if Book 2 is split...
- Sample dialogue from M Night's movie and its corrections.
- My comparison between ATLA and M Night's TLA, a list of major and minor differences between both works.
But there are some bright spots in the movie. I preferred Aang's more intricate tattoo over Aang's plain blue arrow. Shaun portrays Iroh well and has that "old uncle" vibe to him. Noah is pretty good for a first-time actor and manages to portray certain scenes well. I just wished he needed to be more like cartoon Aang. Dev had some flaws (BRING ME! ALL YOUR ELDERLY!), but he managed to portray Zuko as a complex young man rather well. Not one of his best performances, though I wished he had played Sokka instead. The music is OK, a little too generic for my taste, but "Flow Like Water" stands out as it matches the scene well. I prefer the music to have more Asian flair though. Minus the redundant dialogue, Seychelle makes an excellent Yue. And the costumes and sets are rather spot-on.
And I've written a revised script of TLA, the one that should have been used in the final cut. It features some dialogue from the series, a few from the original movie as well as minor changes here and there. It is split into eight parts:
- The Boy In The Iceberg
- The Avatar Returns
- The Southern Air Temple
- Warriors Of Kyoshi plus Imprisoned
- Avatar Roku, The Storm and The Blue Spirit
- The Waterbending Master
- Siege Of The North
This script also features more character development from Sokka and Katara, as well as the inclusion of the Kyoshi Warriors and Roku. It has more humor than in the original cut, though some slapstick is replaced with more realistic humor. The exposition is lessen, as does the narration. The running time would be around 3 hours at maximum. Please refer to the Fanon:Readapting Avatar: The Last Airbender and scroll down to "See Also" for my suggestions.