Because it’s a slow news day, longtime Christopher Nolan cinematographer (including The Dark Knight Rises) Wally Pfister decided to help us all out by attacking The Avengers, its cinematography, and the methods director Joss Whedon used to shoot the film. In fact, Pfister goes so far as to call The Avengers an “appalling film” driven by an “illogical form of storytelling.” Check out his full quote below.
As /Film points out, it’s odd that Pfister chose to slag The Avengers in the quote, as, during the interview with The Sarasota Herald-Tribute, he had not been asked about The Avengers specifically. In fact, the interviewer simply asked, “What’s most important in shooting a film?,” to which Pfister responded with this surprising blow:
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.
While Pfister is a masterful cinematographer, with a set of eyes trained to be far sharper than those of the average film-goer, this seems like something of a left field attack on The Avengers, especially considering that it was unprovoked. Hey, maybe he’s just touchy that The Avengers scored the higher box office take, who knows? Either way, he doesn’t exactly come off well in the comments—maybe this is why Christopher Nolan tends to skirt interviews and stick with the whole ‘mysterious and silent’ vibe.
What do you think of Pfister’s comments?