The Last Airbender is the best (non-animated) movie of 2010.
Did you watch the cartoon enough to know Act 1? Whether you do or not, it's the same storyline as the first season here. One person on Metacritic compared this movie to Avatar (the 2009 one) as a sequel, which it isn't. He said that M. Night Shayamalan did a sequel zippidy quick job at a sequel that takes away the boring blue boys and replaces it with a boy who can control the wind. He said the only thing he sees wrong about the movie is the difference in storyline with the original. Anyway, you read right. The Avatar is always reborn, the only one who can learn, let alone master the four elements: Water, Earth, Fire, and Air. One day, the Avatar goes missing, and the Fire nation decides to start a war that has been going on for a century. Two kids, one of them being the only Waterbender left in the south pole, find the Avatar still as a twelve year old kid named Aang, not just the Avatar, but the last Airbender for real, because the Fire nation knew the Avatar would be reborn into the air nomads, calling out an execution. Suddenly grieved, Aang goes out to find teachers to learn the other elements he hasn't been able to learn yet, in order to defeat the Fire Nation. To start off, they go to the North Pole to learn Waterbending.
This may sound like a big-budget film, and it is, and also sounds like a 3 hour long film, but it's actually a little longer than 100 minutes, which usually works for me better. I generally get really tired of a movie after a while. The Last Airbender did so many things right, I almost wanted it to be an hour longer. There is one word to describe this movie, and that word is: beautiful. The special effects of the bending are droopy and smoky as they'd look like in real life, the costumes are really nice to look at, and the sets look like a combination of Ancient Japan and the cartoon exactly. I just recently saw After Earth, and I'll be reviewing it soon, but before, this was the only movie I saw from M. Night Shayamalan, and it looks like he has fun under all the pressure.
There are two little downsides to the film, though. The cartoon was super funny, and this one focuses more on drama. The acting is definitely believable and never over the top, but the dialogue sounds and feels like it isn't Shayamalan's strong point. It is still delivered plain but properly. The fact that this was a universally panned movie is beyond me. The main character's name is pronounced differently, and it felt sour at first, but then I thought he actually looked like that was his name. If Shayamalan ever makes a sequel, new actors or not, count me in.