I think it could be done in a way that would be awesome, but at the same time, I think it would depend quite a bit on how they tried to do it.
Like, Maati could actually be useful if he got creative with the power he had, but if some director just only ever looked at his reputation for being lame and useless, then they might end up trying to give him some other weird powers instead, or else martial arts skills or something else lame like that.
Earth, Fire, Wind and Water, though? I think modern special effects could make those pretty cool. ^^