Wally Pfister Burns Avengers/ Joss Whedon Responds

In an interview with the Sarasota Herald Tribune last Tuesday, cinematographer Wally Phister (best known for his work on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, as well as his Oscar-winning work on Inception) had some unpleasant things to say about Marvel’s The Avengers.

“What’s really important is storytelling,” said Phister. “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.”

When Entertainment Weekly got ahold of The Avengers’ writer and director Joss Whedon, he replied simply, “I’m sorry to hear that. I’m a fan.”

The Avengers movie was, of course, The Dark Knight Rises’ biggest competition at the box office this summer, surpassing it in sales to become the third highest selling movie of all time.

Seamus McGarvey, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer for Marvel’s The Avengers, is also known for such works as Atonement and We Need to Talk About Kevin. McGarvey is also attatched to the Godzilla remake due in 2014.

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