THE AVENGERS Was “Appalling” Says Wally Pfister, THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Cinematographer
Accumulating over $1.5 billion in worldwide box office sales, there's not much more to be said about writer-director Joss Whedon's Marvel's The Avengers movie and its critical success. However, Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan, most recently on The Dark Knight Rises, thinks otherwise. Although he isn't the first oddball to express negative thoughts towards the superhero spectacle, Pfister recently said during an Q&A interview that he thought the film was rather “appalling.” When the Sarasota Herald Tribune asked precisely what he thinks is most important when shooting a movie in general, Wally Pfister replied:
The Academy Award-winning Cinematographer, Wally Pfister, who recently served as director of photography for The Dark Knight Rises, has expressed his dislike for the way The Avengers was filmed.
What’s really important is storytelling. None of it matters if it doesn’t support the story. I thought “The Avengers” was an appalling film. 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.
Considering his profession, it seems Wally Pfister had more beef with Marvel's The Avengers cinematography, which Seamus McGarvey is credited for. However, writer-director Joss Whedon notably consulted with McGarvey, and Whedon has said before that his directing style for Marvel's The Avengers was heavily inspired by its source material - the comic books. Of course, everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but what do you think?
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