Rating : 2/5
Everyone told me not to see, but I just didn't listen...
It all happens in a fantasy world where people are directly related to natural elements. Therefore, there are 4 coexisting nations: air, water, earth and fire. Among each one of them there are individuals capable of manipulating (bending) their respective element. And there is ONLY ONE person who can bend all 4, and that's the Avatar, who on top of that can communicate with the spirits, and whose purpose is to maintain the balance in the world.
At some point this Avatar disappears, and the things go slightly to pot because one of the nations wants to control the world...the Fire nation, who else?!
The film starts with the return of the Avatar, but who only masters his birth-element, and thus leaves on a quest to learn the other 3, also liberating the villages on his way. Of course, the Firey boys (an annoying commander on one hand, and the banished FireKing's son on the other) don't quite appreciate this and want to capture him.
The plot has potential but it was presented in a sloppy way. It shifts from narration to dialog at strange moments, with no reason.
The movie is short (1.5h) so it doesn't develop much of the story but on the other hand it tends to bore you. I was expecting some awesome element fights all the way, but you get a total of 5 minutes of those, the rest is cliched dialogs up the wazoo and some kind of kung-fu ballet done by one side while the opponents sit around and watch. The "combats" really look more like turn-based strategy than real action.
From time to time, there are some beautiful landscapes but that doesn't counterbalance the whole; because the acting doesn't help either. You might get attached to one of the characters (mostly the Responsability-issued or the Daddy-issued) but it's only because of the idea they represent and not because of their performance.
One last thing, the 3D is a major BS, there is a tiny perspective but nothing that the mind couldn't develop on its own without paying extra.
Sorry...but this one doesn't deserve spoilers!