Wally Pfister: "The Avengers was an appalling film"

News Simon Brew 17 Oct 2012 - 07:09

The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer doesn't have much love for Joss Whedon's The Avengers...

Cinematography Wally Pfister has rightly earned significant plaudits for his extensive work with director Christopher Nolan. Across the three Dark Knight films, as well as the likes of Inception (for which Pfister won an Oscar) and The Prestige, Pfister has shot to the top tier of cinema's finest modern day cinematographers.

His next project will see him direct a feature himself, but ahead of that, he's given a really interesting interview to Arts Sarasota. We suspect we've done him few favours with the headline to this piece, but do consider clicking the link at the bottom: Pfister talks, for instance, about just how much he enjoyed shooting the likes of Inception and The Prestige, as well as his dislike for superhero movies.

One that he saves his ire for in particular is Joss Whedon's The Avengers. Arguing that storytelling is pivotal when shooting a film, Pfister said that "I thought The Avengers was an appalling film". He added that "They’d shoot from some odd angle and I’d think, why is the camera there? Oh, I see, because they spent half a million on the set and they have to show it off. It took me completely out of the movie. I was driven bonkers by that illogical form of storytelling."

We're not really sure we agree with him, but then when it's someone of Pfister's standing talking, then it's hard to not at least consider what he has to say. As we pointed out on Twitter earlier in the year, though, a special geek by-law was passed that means you're allowed to like both The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, and it's not compulsory to pick one over the other...

You can find the full interview here.

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