The gloves are off!
Legendary cinematographer and long-time partner of Christopher Nolan’s, Wally Pfister, recently got a bit rough with The Avengers. Pfister, whose work includes Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Inception, Memento, has been nominated for four Oscars, of which he has won one. So, when the man has something to say about cinematography, one should listen. Even if it’s a bit mean.
Pfister recently called The Avengers an “apalling film”. He explained, ”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 [going crazy] by that illogical form of storytelling.“
The cinematographer on The Avengers was Seamus McGarvey, who himself was nominated for an Oscar for Atonement. Director Joss Whedon said he often consulted with McGarvey, but ultimately wanted The Avengers to look like a comic book.
So, is Pfister right? Or is he just a a bit jealous? Either way, they really shouldn’t fight in front of the kids.