Last AirBender
I wanted to go see The Last Airbender dispite what the critics and others said about it. I really enjoy the storyline of the animated shows and I have to admit the previews got me. What I expected was a dazzling display of 3d air, water, earth and fire spinning and twirling right in front of my eyes. What I got was complete contempt for 3d movies. I hopped on the bandwagon and got pushed off.
There were no dazzling displays of bending. Nothing jumped off of the screen. In fact, the most interesting thing I’ve seen while watching the 2 3d movies I’ve attended was the 3d ball the dog is playing with BEFORE the movie even starts. Oh and the Owl movie trailer, that is really cool. I MAY go see that in 3d.
I found that the best place to watch a 3d movie is at the top middle row just under the projector. Unfortunately, my son can’t sit back there because the 3d glass do not fit over his prescription glasses so we sat on the third row up from the main aisle. So to him it is clear but to me it was blurry and hard to see when things were moving fast. I really wish they would fix those glasses. I may alter them myself since we kept them instead of recycling them. (Look I paid for them, I have the right to keep them. Back Off!… now keep reading. Thanks.)
So anyway, we are sitting there and the little dog shows up and plays with the ball which dances and spins right in front of our eyes. So we get excited for the movie. A guy a couple of rows back reaches for the ball only to get an elbow in the ribs and a “Dumb Ass” from his friend. We found that funny. It happens every time. The first time I wanted to reach but didn’t want to look like a “Dumb Ass” since it was crowed at How to Train your Dragon (good film by the way. Get the DVD.)
So the movie starts and we are waiting for the first 3d action scene. I take the glasses off to see the difference and truth be told it just looked like watching standard definition tv, then I put them back on and it is in HD again. Am I digressing, yeah I am… back on track. ****Spoiler Ahead****
Last chance…….
Ok so the 2 kids are sitting on the ice and you see this ball of water slowly come up and float in the air (No 3d), and it drops back down on her brother. Umm ok, that was dull. Slightly amusing since he is all wet but do something. Anyway, they try to track some animal and see something under the ice. The brother cracks the ice and a sphere emerges from the ice (not 3d). Mind you I am in a 3d theater with the cheap 3d glass on, just a reminder. So the story progress’ and still no 3d moments. I can name two moments that it truly showed 3d. When they panned over the Fire Nations ships to show the captain and the uncle, and when Aang went to the Air Temple on the flying monster. THAT’s IT!
The bending scenes were interesting but the bending took way to long to execute. All this fancy dancing this way and that just to make a small rock fly….whatever dude! Aang was badass though with his fighting but his bending left something to be desired, actually all the bending did. The huge tidal wave at the end was left flat, I got the premise (Avatars don’t hurt people) but come on. You’re in a war!
Overall it was an ok movie, if you have blu ray and a big screen at home then wait for it to hit dvd. Otherwise, save the extra cash for the over priced concession food and buy the non-3d tickets, you won’t miss anything and you can sit where you want.