Cinematographer Wally Pfister (The Dark Knight) called a nerdstorm down upon himself recently when he was quoted as saying The Avengers was “appalling.” No stranger to criticism, Avengers director Joss Whedon took it upon himself to respond (when pressed by reporters). Or perhaps he was just defending his own cinematographer’s (Seamus McGarvey) honor? Hit the jump to see what Whedon had to say in response. Fair warning: it’s not much, but it is Whedonesque.
“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.”
“I’m sorry to hear it, I’m a fan.”
Classy. While the response doesn’t necessitate an in depth discussion, I would like to point out that Whedon could be: A) A fan of Pfister’s work, B) a fan of The Avengers (obviously), or C) a fan of both. Food for thought…or not.
Regardless of how big a deal we media types make of this, Whedon’s response was handled with more tact than another recent beef between actor Hugo Weaving, who voiced Megatron in all three Transformers films, and the director of said films, Michael Bay. You can find that entertaining battle of quotes right here.