I know there have been threads about this before, but I finally nutted up and saw the film. It was utterly terrible. I'm not even talking as a fan of the TV show. The film was horrid from a filmmaking point of view. Every line was exposition and clunky as hell. The line readings by every actor was bizarre like Shyamalan dosen't know how humans talk. The editing was awful (both within scenes and scene-transitions). The pacing didn't exist. The visual effects were mostly terrible. The action scenes were horribly shot. And the lighting was terrible in many scenes and the whole films just looked cheap.
I expected all this. I wasn't going to make a thread about it. Then I saw the credits.
Kathleen Kennedy was executive producer! Known as one of the best producers in Hollywood. Spielberg and Lucas swear she is nothing short of amazing. I was thrilled when she was given Star Wars. I guess her involvement vs the result can be explained that Shyamalan had full creative control on this one. Then it got worse.
Pablo Helman was VFX Supervisor for lead VFX house ILM. So why did everything look terrible? ILM mastered water in Pirates 3 (then again in Battleship after this film), fire in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince and Avatar (Cameron's) and all the CGI environments and blue-screen should be a no-brainer for them. Helman worked on Attack of the Clones as VFX Supervisor among other projects before this film. I can only assume both the director and the cinematographer were completely incompetent. So who was the cinematographer?
No! Andrew Lesine? What? I'm still in disbelief. This is the oscar winning cinematographer of Peter Jackson known for the Lord of the Rings films, King Kong and more recently Rise of the Planet of the Apes and The Hobbit. All super demanding projects. This guy is good!
I'm just an outsider. I'm posting this here for all the people who know more about what goes on behind the camera than I do. How does something so utterly crap on a technical filmmaking 101-level as The Last Airbender happen with a $150-million budget and all these amazing crew members? I swear the film plays like an overambitious high school production with a large budget. Some scenes aren't even lit. From the LotR cinematographer! How did Shyamalan pull that off?
Sorry for the rambling, informal post, but this was strange.