Marketing 101, children: when basing a film off specific, established source material (book, TV show, comic strip, etc.), it helps to be as faithful as humanly possible to that source material. Why? Because you're already guaranteed viewers if you do, which makes you feel a lot better about that expensive-ass budget ($150 million, by the way).
Now, various peeps are furious with M. Night Shyamalan, and rightfully so. I know, I know..."House Negro" is such an ugly term. But if the slave chain fits...get what I'm sayin'?
Some may defend Ole M because he's making some paper off this latest bout of racial sacrilege. Others, of course, tend to disagree.
From Field Negro:
And before I go, I have to rip my homeboy, M. Knight Shyamalan. His latest flick, "The Last Airbender", might or might not be a good movie. But I will never know, because I will never watch it. Look M. Knight, I know you want to appeal to a certain demographic. (Hey, they buy the tickets) but you have to make a better effort to give your project some form of historical accuracy and credibility. If you don't even that certain demographic you are trying to reach will say no thanks.From Abagond:
...you need a hit. It's been awhile. I wasn't feeling "Signs", or "The Happening," or" Lady In The Water", or "The Village"... you get the picture. (Pun intended.) You needed a hit, and this wasn't the way to get it.
There are blacks in the film. That sounds like a good thing but guess what: in the film they belong to a black-and-brown nation that is at the mercy of the Fire Nation. They are saved from genocide by the three white heroes. Hollywood never seems to tire of Mighty Whiteys saving Helpless Darkies.Damn. "Avatar" is truly a condemned word in Hollywood, ain't it?
Tell me something, though. Did Hollywood really think this was a good idea? Really? Like, really? Like...seriously? I always knew Hollywood had "white agenda" stamped in giant letters on its ass, but as turns out, Hollywood's white agenda is even more important than making dough and dodging the wrath of movie critics.
So sad. The franchise apparently has a wondrous story. Hollywood really knows how to utterly ruin some good shit...which, to be honest, doesn't come 'round often.