Wally Pfister, director Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer, is not a fan The Avengers.
While participating in a Q&A last week at Ringling College of Art and Design, the Dark Knight Rises cinematographer staked his claim in the ongoing rivalry between DC Comics and Marvel, blasting the record-breaking film. “I thought The Avengers was an appalling film,” he said, according to the Huffington Post (via 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.”
UPDATE: When reached by EW, The Avengers writer-director Joss Whedon responded: “I’m sorry to hear it, I’m a fan.”
Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey, who shot The Avengers, shouldn’t be too put out, though. After all, he’s an Oscar-nominated director of photography who’s worked on films such as Atonement, We Need to Talk About Kevin, and the upcoming Kiera Knightley-starrer Anna Karenina. He’s currently slated to shoot 2014’s Godzilla remake.
What are your thoughts on Pfister’s remarks?
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