Poor Manoj ‘Night’ Shyamalan.
Our heart goes out to the Philadelphia resident (Manoj N. Shymalan hails from South India).
We ‘feel’ your pain, Night Shyamalan. 😉
Well, sort of.
Folks, movie critics here have gone rampage on the poor fella’s latest movie The Last Airbender.
Night Shyamalan is the producer, director and writer of The Last Airbender, which debuts in 3D and regular version tonight.
By the way, the movie features Dev Patel of Slumdog Millionaire fame.
Here’s a sample of trenchant comments on Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender:
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
The Last Airbender is an agonizing experience in every category I can think of and others still waiting to be invented.
Matt Pais, Metromix.com
Let’s just be honest: M. Night Shyamalan is an idiot.
Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
Even during the climax, the film still is struggling to introduce the world of the film and its strange rules.
Peter Debruge, Variety
This is all enormously disappointing, of course, since the best we could hope for from a live-action Avatar adaptation is the mind-blowing equivalent of our first encounters with wire-fu, rather than this cartoony nonsense.
Keith Phipps, AV Club
Where to start with this one? How about this: If any movie ever warranted a class-action lawsuit against the filmmakers, it’s The Last Airbender.
Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
This colossal folly, the fiasco of the summer of 2010 — gives us all a ringside seat at the sight of Mr. “I See Dead People’s” career gurgling down the drain.
Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
Slavishly amateurish with no heart. Cold, not engaging, and dull. Bad writing and film school-level directing. What happened to an exciting story?
Christy Lemire, Associated Press
The Last Airbender is a joyless, soulless, muddled mess, but the worst part of all doesn’t come until the very end. That’s when it makes the clear suggestion that two more such movies are in store for us.
Brian Orndorf, BrianOrndorf.com
The picture drags along the ground like a fresh corpse, treating its own myth as homework and the participants as burdens, while feeling around a fantastically wasted world of weathered environments and ornate set design.
Jason Zingale, Bullz-Eye.com
Even in 3D, [it’s] one-dimensional.
Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
The most well-rounded failure of the year so far.
Source: Rotten Tomatoes