Friday, July 02, 2010
"The Last Airbender": A planet with the Four Kingdoms proabbly exists in some universe
The look of the film recalls “The Lord of the Rings” but is less delineated. The LOTR trilogy drew us in and made us believe in its world; other films like Eragon and this one are less convincing. Still, the 3-D is used with subtlety, not too much into pointing things at the audience, but rather giving a (Paramount) VistaVision like clarity (in combination with Cinemascope aspect ratio) to the scenery. (There is one scene in the Fire king’s court where the background remains fuzzy, apparently a technical error). The separation of the four kingdoms somewhat recalls the four different planets in Frank Herbert's book and movie "Dune".
Nickelodeon Films, which emphasizes children's content, is one of the production companies (along with Paramount). Back in August 2006, a Sunset Script conference for screenwriters in Washington DC presented a program from Nickelodeon Films for apprentice writers.
The site for the film is here.
Wikipedia attribution link for Sobel North American Map in article on many worlds interpretation (from his novel "For Want of a Nail").