Vampires suck life out of elemental world

March 1, 2011 — by Michelle Shu

Occasionally, a movie is released that gains the title of the worst movie of the year. This past year critics have been lavishing this “honor” on movies like “Meet the Spartans” and “Tron,” but I feel like “Avatar the Last Airbender” and “Twilight” were the worst movies of the year.

Perhaps this was because both movies had an original series to be compared to, but they disappointed viewers either through their content or the actors chosen.

The plots, transitions and effects in both movies seemed to be weak and choppy. In “Avatar,” the movie only covered about one-fourth of the original cartoon series because the producers were planning on making a trilogy. However, with the lack of character development and a strong plot, the movies will not get many viewers if the subsequent films even do come out.

“Twilight,” on the other hand, covered more of the events mentioned in the book series; however, the dialogue and interactions between the characters were poorly executed. For instance, almost every time Bella and Edward, the main characters, tried to have a conversation, all they did was stare at each other, barely saying a word. In my opinion, it was a bit creepy rather than romantic.

Both movies had their own weaknesses, but they both shared a talent for poor graphics and one-dimensional actors.

The “Avatar” series is successful predominantly because Aang, the main character, learns how to control different elements (air bending, water bending, fire bending and earth bending). Yet the movie, which may have been a better success had it properly employed its immense budget for special effects, failed to impress.

“Twilight” may not have required many special effects, but the few that were in the movie were badly made. For example, the werewolf transformations looked really fake and seemed like an animated wolf appeared out of thin air.

What made “Twilight” harder to watch was the choice of actors for Edward and Bella. Many who admired Edward Cullen after reading the series considered their images of him destroyed by Robert Pattinson. Rather than a young, dangerous yet charismatic high school boy whom the book depicted, Robert Pattinson looked far too old for the part and sported as much make-up as the heroine. “Avatar” also had bad casting, like having Noah Ringer as Aang, although it had more fitting actors than than those in “Twilight.”

Many movies have been released that can be dubbed as a “bad movie,” but most viewers came to a consensus that both “Twilight” and “Avatar the Last Airbender” were box office embarrassments.

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