'Dark Knight' Cinematographer Wally Pfister Calls 'Avengers' Appalling
Well, this is definitely going to cause some fanboy bickering. There's no doubt that two of the biggest films of the year are The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Of course, each is special in their own way and has a vastly different style and storytelling technique. However, it's safe to say that directors Joss Whedon and Christopher Nolan mostly hit the mark with their blockbusters. However, if Nolan's cinematographer Wally Pfister puts in his two cents, the Marvel superhero ensemble didn't impress him at all. In fact, Pfister says, ""I thought The Avengers was an appalling film." And cue all the Marvel fanboy rage! Read on!
"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."
I suppose that doesn't necessarily mean he hated everything about the film, but the way it was shot by Seamus McGarvey (who also lensed We Need to Talk About Kevin and Anna Karenina and will also shoot the new Godzilla), just didn't sit well with Pfister. Frankly, the film is shot in a way that fits with the story's style and tone. Pfister likes to shoot his films more realistically and gritty, and it's no surprise that he didn't like The Avengers since it wasn't shot the way he likes to see a movie. Just seems like a personal preference.
Still, those seem like some harsh words from a man who hasn't directed his own film yet, but the guy does know how to shoot a film beautifully. However, you can be sure his directorial debut being produced by Nolan and the director's wife Emma Thomas will be under much more fan scrutiny now. As for that project, Pfister says, ""It’s a present-day science fiction film, a fairly big concept. It’s bigger budget — not as big as 'Batman,' but not independent." Stay tuned for more.