Does this look like Joss Whedon trying to get the best angle on his million dollar sets?
Ranking high on the scale of dumbass remarks is the one that The Dark Knight Rises cinematographer Wally Pfister made about Joss Whedon’s The Avengers while at some Q&A public appearance last week.
At this public appearance, Pfister said that
“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 EW reached out to Joss Whedon to get his take, he said,
“I’m sorry to hear it, I’m a fan.”
Ziiing! The dude’s comment doesn’t even register on the radar. Or Whedon wasn’t going to bite the bait EW put out there for him.
When I read what Pfister said, my first response was “SERIOUSLY???”
Because unlike The Avengers, I was pretty distracted by some of the huge plot holes from The Dark Knight Rises.
THE NEXT FEW LINES ARE SPOILERS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE MOVIE…
Where do I begin?
- The one bad guy escapes the prison pit and the rest don’t follow suit?
- The primary bad guy being taken down in a one-shot moment?
- 3,000 civil sevants who can’t find a way out of the sewers for 3 months?
- That Batman can have his ass beat in round 1, but without extra training, go back and then do the same to Bayne.
- Or that with hundreds of criminals rioting, Batman can just walk through the crowd and no one takes a shot at him?
- Why Bruce Wayne would bang a character, right out of the blue? (Maybe it’s because he can.)
- How Bruce Wayne can break into a city with no bridges, even though it’s heavily guarded.
- How Catwoman can get on a specialized motorcycle and instantly master it?
- And what was the Superman Logo doing in one of the promo posters for this movie? (Oh, sorry, that’s a personal batty point for me.)
And the list goes on…
But then I took a moment and thought, hey, wait Bruce. Pfister’s comment was from his perspective of how a movie was filmed, not the story of the movie.
I sort of retract my grumbling, but then, I still don’t get the comment because very little distracted me from The Avengers story line and I enjoyed every bit of it. Each time. While I only saw TDKR once, I caught TA quite a few times. And it never got old.
So it’s interesting that Pfister chose to bash on The Avengers for whatever reason, when there are other movies deserving the bashing. But hey, that’s the fun of things.
(I’m right now looking for the over/under on when Pfister will come out and say his comment was misquoted, or that it was a dry-witted joke, like the many Whedon makes.)