I just returned from another movie (seemingly my new Tuesday night ritual) - this time it was The Last Airbender. Written, produced and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this movie is quite a treat and really kid friendly. One of my friends was a bit bored by all the martial arts in the film, but with the stunning cinematography, I thought it was beautiful.
I am a Night Shyamalan fan though. Most people liked the Sixth Sense, but not everyone cares for his other films. I love them all. Well...The Happening was a bit hard to watch. But it brings me to my point...finally.
Is Night a Pagan? I find it interesting that many of his films have supernatural, spiritual or elemental aspects to them. Lady in the Water was about a Sea Nymph. The Happening was about the Earth (plants/trees) finally having enough of us humans, and basically eradicating us. And this movie, about four tribes Air, Fire, Water and Earth all held in balance by Spirit is a classic Pagan theme.
Of course, the cartoon/story was out long before the movie, so I realize that Night is just following the tale the way it has been laid out previously. But he does seem rather at home here - and it seems as though this may end up being four films (for the elements?)
Whatever he is, there is no doubt he is talented and has an incredible eye. This really is a movie to be absorbed. I'm not sure I cared more about the story line than I did about the gorgeous scenery and the special effects when the benders moved their elements.
As we drove home, we all mused which elements we wished we could control. I was Earth, of course - but it was fun to hear what everyone else picked, and why. Is this an Oscar-worth film. Probably not - but it was a fun night out with friends, and made my little Pagan heart happy!