So. HI! I took the long weekend off, and didn’t even load the pictures from the long weekend onto my computer so that I could post them…I was too distracted with sleeping and TV marathons. BUT that does mean that I have lots and lots of post-able things for the rest of the week! So there’s a positive aspect to the situation.
I have however, managed to see a couple of good ol’ summer blockbusters so far. Big tentpole movies are some of my favorite things about summer, along with cute shorts, popsicles, laying out (when I have time), and reading for fun (when I have time). I saw two this past week — one was cheesy-but-enjoyable and one was coloring-an-enjoyable-franchise-in-WTH-M.Night?
I love these movies, and I’m not ashamed to admit it. I’m not the type of person who faints at the thought of sparkly vampires and hunky werewolves, but it does let me tell people that my last name is “Cullen…like the vampires” which is kinda stupid BUT does help people spell my name correctly, so…you know. I feel like it’s a franchise that you have to go into with the mindset of “this is a pretty over-dramatic, poorly written thing with ridiculous universe rules that simply don’t make sense” and just take it for what it is instead of getting all over-dramatic about the fact that it’s kinda crap. In the right mindset, it is a totally enjoyable franchise. Plus, the sparkling and the werewolves look way better in this movie, and aside from a few slow parts, is an overall improvement over the other two movies.
* (Avatar:) The Last Airbender
They had to cut out of the “Avatar” part of the title because of that other blockbuster that came out a while ago that some people may remember was causing depression. Well, this movie — which has a 9% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, just causes disappointment. I wish telling M. Night Shaymalamalamalan that he disappointed me had the same effect as when parents use that argument to shame a kid. There were moments that were good — I liked Noah Ringer, who played Aang, and Shaun Toub as Uncle Iroh. The effects were cool, and I liked the differences in the fighting styles.
Yes, it’s hard to put 20 very episodic stories into one movie. However — cool special effects do not mean you can get by without a coherent plot. You do not get to use narration to avoid showing me things. (SPOILER ALERT) Showing Aang, Katara and Sokka (the 3 main characters) arriving at the Northern Water Tribe while using voiceover narration to say “oh, by the way, we’ve now been here for a few weeks and Sokka is in love with Princess Yue and they hang out a lot, we just didn’t show it” is not ok. There also was not enough Appa (a flying bison) and Momo (a flying lemur), and Mr M. sucked all the funny out a really kooky, charming show!
I’m now getting nitpicky, since it is a movie condensing an entire season of travels and backstory into two hours — but couldn’t they have included just one of the following: Jet and the Freedom Fighters, The Deserters, Suki and the Kyoshi Warriors, the cabbage man, or any of the animals such as the Platobear, Wolfbat or insert odd-combination-of-2-animals-here ?
I hadn’t watched the cartoon series it was based on all the way through when it was airing on Nickelodeon, but after I went and saw the movie, I’ve been Netflix-streaming marathons of it with Jeremy to see what the differences were. The show is seriously crazy, but also really fun. That was the most disappointing part of the movie — yes, these kids are all dealing with a really horrible war, but they’re still kids, and the series still had fun, while showing you that war is sucky. This could’ve been a good movie franchise! But now it’s probably going the way of The Golden Compass. Sigh.
Below, a favorite scene from a season 2 episode. Don’t blame me if the stupid song gets stuck in your head.