Joss Whedon response to Avengers criticism
Earlier this week, we learned that The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister had a bone to pick with Marvel’s The Avengers, which was in direct competition with TDKR this summer.
“I thought The Avengers was an appalling film,” Pfister had told the Sarasota Herald Tribune. “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.”
When reached for comment, Avengers director Joss Whedon had this to say: “I’m sorry to hear it. I’m a fan.”
It’s a shame to be sure, but The Avengers’ cinematographer Seamus McGarvey shouldn’t feel too bad; the Oscar-nominated director of photography is currently slated to shoot 2014’s Godzilla remake.
Even though I actually agree with Pfister (there was some appalling camera angles, much like Thor, and the storytelling was just plain bad), you can’t help but respect Whedon for being such a class act.
I liked The Avengers, just felt it was overrated because of the very reasons Pfister said. There was some great Whedon dialogue in there, but the story was really all over the place, especially in terms of the central conflict in the film.
Still have high hopes for the sequel, though. It’s hard to do a film with so many stars, but I think it sets up well for a sequel.