M. Night Shyamalan defends his version of The Last Airbender in an interview with IGN.
M. Night is proving once again that he doesn’t understand the movie going audience and especially not the fans of Avatar: The Last Airbender
“It’s really weird because on the show the average age was, like, nine-years-old,” the director said. “My child was nine-years-old. So you could make it one of two ways. You could make it for that same audience, which is what I did — for nine and 10-year-olds — or you could do the Transformers version and have Megan Fox. I didn’t do that. That would have felt like, ‘Well, I’m going to make a movie about a kids show that my 10-year-old is watching and not make it for her. I make it for my guy friends.’ That felt like a betrayal of the innocence of the piece. In retrospect, is it too young to go out — it’s like what your intention is versus what they want it to be. Clearly, 10-year-olds — I go out and 10-year-olds are like, ‘That’s my favorite show! I love that movie!’ Parents come up to me and go, ‘They’ve watched The Last Airbender 74 times!’ Those kids, it’s for them. It was for them, to talk about mysticism and Eastern philosophies through a 10-year-old’s vernacular. So, you know, these are business propositions, which have very little interest to me, of like, ‘Hey, the business proposition is to get Megan Fox to be…’ You know, ‘You should age it ’til it’s that.’ That wasn’t the source material, you know what I mean? Whereas, also, like a Transformers, it’s really fascinating, because it’s valid for Transformers. You know why it’s valid? Because it’s the little boys that were playing with them are grown up now. They’re the ones who wanted to see Megan Fox. That’s absolutely appropriate, you know what I mean?”
So, let’s take it point by point, shall we, M. Knight.
“show the average age was, like, nine-years-old”
Um, so what. You should have taken a page from Shrek and made it entertaining for adults as well if you want them to come enmasse to the movie theater.
But, besides that common sense approach, my friends and I are in our 30s and 40s and we are avid fans of the show.
In fact, I have gone through the entire series on Amazon Prime several times.
“the Transformers version and have Megan Fox.”
Yeah, I hated the Transformers movies so there’s that.
And I am female and straight so I don’t give a hoot about Megan Fox.
And, if a movie is good, I mean really good, it doesn’t matter what the main characters look like.
Now, having eye candy doesn’t hurt (and, hello, us ladies would like some eye candy too, y’know) but if the movie is good, that doesn’t even matter.
Everyone loves a good movie.
Not just horny prepubescent teens.
So, you know, grow up…
Because it’s the little boys that were playing with them are grown up now.
Guess, what, M. Knight, I was a lil’ girl and I played with Transformers, and G.I. Joes, and He-man.
I was not mad about Barbie (and I am still not) and my idea of a dream kitchen has the man in there while I lounge on the coach, sipping lemonade, and watching Ang, Katara, and Sokka kick some Fire Bender butt!
And, guess what, my daughter loves The Last Airbender too.
So, you can just stuff your sexist thinking up your derriere.
You also fail to understand that you changed the plot and premise of the show.
You didn’t just make little tweaks here and there…you outright changed things.
You changed the fun-loving, goofy companionship of the main characters.
You changed characters motivations for doing what they did.
It wasn’t a good adaptation of the show.
And it wasn’t a strong enough movie to stand on its on.
Devoted fans of the show hated it.
And the best casual watchers of The Last Airbender or those who have never seen the television version have to say is it was “eh, ok”.
Please give reigns of the movie over to someone who knows what they are doing.
What’s Steven Spielberg or Joss Whedon doing these days?