Fatally failed fantasy universe just rescued by Netflix

Avatar – The Last Airbender is for many fantasy fans the best animated series of all time. Sixth Sense director M. Night Shyamalan made The Legend of Aang one of “worst films in film history“, if screen rant agree. The live-action adaptation is on TV today. And soon Netflix should rescue the crashed franchise.

On TV: exceptional director turned fantasy highlight into an unbelievable flop

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a celebrated series or a real film downfall, the story about the supernaturally gifted chosen one Aang (in the Shyamalan adaptation: Noah Ringer) and his friends Katara (Nicola Peltz) and Sokka (Jackson Rathbone). has incredible potential. Adversary Zuko is one of the best anti-heroes ever, played with great passion by Dev Patel in the adaptation.

Check out the trailer for The Legend of Aang here:

The Legend of Aang – Trailer F (German)


Still, Shyamalan’s film has incredible weaknesses. The dramaturgy is completely rushed, dialogues are almost exclusively exposition, many acting performances appear stilted and the direction is totally uninspired. Criticism guru Roger Ebert wrote (via rogerebert.com ):

The Last Airbender is an ordeal in every category that comes to mind. And in others that have yet to be invented. By sheer coincidence, something should have gone right. But it didn’t.

apart from that, the film sparked controversy with its cast. Many non-white characters in the original were played by white actors. After that hair-raising tragedy, the Avatar franchise faded into oblivion.

Netflix wants to save the sunk fantasy franchise again

At least until Netflix came into play. The streaming service recently announced a live-action adaptation of the animated template called Avatar – The Last Airbender. It should be as gigantic as The Mandalorian. and could save the unjustly discredited franchise.

Watch the English intro to the Avatar animated series here:

Avatar The Last Airbender – Opening (English) HD


After all, Avatar is next to all dramaturgical and artistic achievements an intoxicating story of friendship without borders. She deserves to be cleaned of the stain of structural racism. Fans all over the world keep their fingers crossed.

When will the fantasy adaptation The Legend of Aang be on TV?

Shyamalan’s The Legend of Aang is on today at 11 p.m. on RTL II. If you don’t have time, you can catch up on the film at 3.10 a.m. The fantasy adaptation has a running time of 103 minutes without advertising.

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