The GeeksverseCinematographer Complains About Avengers

Cinematographer Complains About Avengers
Published on Monday, October 29, 2012 by

Marvel’s The Avengers has proven to be enormously popular across the world, both at the box office and with critics. One man who’s clearly not a fan, however, is cinematographer Wally Pfister (whose own comic-to-screen work includes Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy). In a new interview with The Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Pfister strikes out at the Marvel Studios release.

Wally Pfister’s work in documentaries has influenced his sense of narrative, light, and camera angle. That background most likely informs his opinion on Avengers.

“I thought ‘The Avengers’ was an appalling film,” he says. “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.”

Respectfully, the odd angles do help show off the great sets and background pieces used in the Avengers, although, more importantly, the odd angles also emulate modern comic book story telling. Besides the Wally Wood 22 panels that work, modern story telling in comics likes the odd angles and weird vantage points. One of the contributions of Marv Wolfman to Teen Titans and the comic industry in general is the sense of odd angles.

Pfister is an Oscar award winning cinematographer, winning in 2010 for Inception, and is currently working on  a new sci-fi movie with a budget smaller than a Batman film.

Notably, both The Dark Knight Rises and The Avengers had strong summer showings with critically acclaimed and fan-received movies. The Avengers won the box office, but both movies were successes.

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