By Saurin Parikh (Review Catalogue)
The best thing about The Last Airbender is that it ends. But an hour and a half too late.
I’m not going to dwell much on the story, it was by and large incomprehensible to me. And I didn’t even care enough to look it up on the internet. You should be ashamed of yourself if you can figure out the story, because that would mean you wasted good money on the movie.
Anyway, The Last Airbender is a thin kid with chubby cheeks; he goes by the name of Avatar. He is an airbender, whatever that means. The movie also has firebenders, earthbenders and waterbenders. You and I become the audiencebenders, we bend down. And fork out our money too. Coming back to the movie… yeah, there’s really no need to. In a nutshell, the firebenders are out to rule the world, only Avatar can save the world, he’s helped by some waterbenders and all they do is throw around water, fire and maybe air, of course you can’t be sure about the latter. But whatever.
The Last Airbender stars Dev Patel, who is terribly miscast as a firebender prince. Patel is the Tushar Kapoor of Hollywood. Remember how funny Kapoor looked in Shootout At Lokhandwala when he was trying to act tough and macho? Ditto for Patel in The Last Airbender. In his last movie, he was beaten by cops, in this one he’s kicked around by a kid and a whole other bunch of men.
Alright, that’s enough about this one. All I can say to sum up is: avoid.