Avatar: The Last Airbender, the live-action that divides critics

The live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender is now available on streaming platforms. Given the early mixed criticism that it has received –since many critics praised it and others hated it– here, at MFC, we bring you everything you need to know to decide whether the series is worth watching or not.

Back in 2005, Nickelodeon premiered an iconic cartoon called Avatar: The Last Airbender. This animated series with similarities to the animé genre, despite being a western cartoon, managed to captivate millions of fans to the point of becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

Almost 20 years later, the live-action series of Avatar: The Last Airbender premiered on February 22nd. Promising to be a visual delight, this story follows the same narrative that fans loved so much. However, the first reviews on social media are quite mixed. But don’t worry, at MFC, we will tell you everything you need to know about Avatar: The Last Airbender so that you can come up with your own opinion.

Official poster for Avatar: The Last Airbender

What is the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender about?

The live-action adaptation for Avatar: The Last Airbender will follow the same narrative as the animated series, despite the producers admitting that they took some liberties. Nonetheless, they assure fans that it’ll be true to the original: “When the Fire Nation ignites a war, only one person could stop them, the Avatar. But can a 12-year-old boy really master the four elements in order to protect the world and keep the peace?”.

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Avatar: The Last Airbender follows the story of a child that seems to be the reincarnation of the Avar, a powerful master of the four elements (Earth, Fire, Air and Water) who’s in charge of maintaining peace in the world and preventing the Fire Nation from causing havoc. With the help of his loyal friends, Sokka and Katara, Aang will have to learn how to master the four elements in order to save the world from the Firebending Masters.

First reviews of Avatar: The Last Airbender

After an exclusive avant premiere, many critics shared their opinions on social media and, much to everybody’s surprise, there were very different outcomes. 

Many positive reviews make clear that this is a solid series that stands by itself, and they praise the work of the cast. However, they warn fans that they should bear in mind that this version has many elements changed or added to the original plot. They even assure that the first episode is wonderful and that this live-action version was true to the original. Finally, they praise the visual effects and claim Gordon Cormier’s outstanding performance as Aang.

On the other hand, bad reviews tear down the series by saying that this first episode of Avatar: The Last Airbender was a great disappointment alleging that it’s a mixed bag of an adaptation with poor and horrible pacing.

ALT: Scene from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Who are the actors in Avatar: The Last Airbender?

These are the actors that will be playing the main characters of Avatar: The Last Airbender

  • Gordon Cormier as Aang, the last Airbender Master and the chosen one to become the next Avatar. 
  • Kiawentiio as Katara, the last Waterbender Master from her tribe.
  • Ian Ousley as Sokka, Katara’s ingenious and hilarious older brother.
Cormier, Ousley and Kiawentiio in a scene from Avatar: The Last Airbender

Other installments of the world of Avatar

If you have already seen the live-action series Avatar: The Last Airbender and you still want to see more of this universe, we recommend that you watch The Legend of Korra. Set 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender, this story follows the adventures of Korra, the next Avatar after Aang. A passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenager from the Southern Water Tribe with three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), she seeks to master the fourth and final element, Air.

Official poster for Avatar:The Legend of Korra

Now is your turn, MyFamilier. Let us know in the comments if you’ve already watched the live-action adaptation of Avatar: The Last Airbender and what were your thoughts on it.


1 Comment

  1. a small world cup

    It’s interesting to note that the first reviews on social media are mixed. While this may create some uncertainty, I appreciate that the article acknowledges this and promises to provide readers with all the necessary information to form their own opinion. It’s essential to approach any new adaptation with an open mind and give it a fair chance, especially when it comes to beloved properties like Avatar: The Last Airbender.


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