Monday, 8 May 2017

The Avengers (1998) Review

The Avengers

Release Date: 5th November 1998 - Australia

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures
Jerry Weintraub Productions

Roadshow Distribution

Genre: Action

Rating: M

Runtime: 89 minutes

Budget: $60,000,000

Box Office Gross: $48,585,416 

Plot Summary
British Ministry agent John Steed, under direction from "Mother", investigates a diabolical plot by arch-villain Sir August de Wynter to rule the world with his weather control machine. Steed investigates the beautiful Doctor Mrs. Emma Peel, the only suspect, but simultaneously falls for her and joins forces with her to combat Sir August.

Ralph Fiennes - John Steed
Uma Thurman - Emma Peel
Sean Connery - Sir August de Wynter
Jim Broadbent - Mother
Eddie Izzard - Bailey
Fiona Shaw - Father
Eileen Atkins - Alice
Keeley Hawes - Tamara
John Wood - Trubshaw
Carmen Ejogo - Brenda
Shaun Ryder - Donovan
Nicholas Woodeson - Dr. Darling
Patrick Macnee - Invisible Jones (Voice) 

Director - Jeremiah S. Chechik
Based on Television Series "The Avengers" - Sydney Newman
Writer - Don MacPherson
Executive Producer - Susan Ekins
Producer - Jerry Weintraub
Production Designer - Stuart Craig
Costume Designer - Anthony Powell
Cinematography - Roger Pratt
Stunt Coordinator - Marc Boyle
Visual Effects Supervisor - Nick Davis
Film Editor - Mick Audsley
Composer: Theme Song - Laurie Johnson
Music - Joel McNeely

Released in 1998, THE AVENGERS (no, not the film from Joss Whedon) was considered to be the worst screen interpretation ever released. It was very lucky that this wasn't based on the famous Marvel comic book series, but it was instead based on a classic British spy-fi television series that wouldn't be recognised by young audiences. It's a travesty that this movie nearly derailed the careers of those who participated its production, namely actors like Sean Connery and Uma Thurman. The lack of background extras, plot holes, severe editing and overall politeness of the chemistry dialogue of Thurman and Ralph Fiennes may have contributed to these criticisms of the movie.

Shame on the producers for casting Connery, the former 007 as the weather-controlling megalomaniac in a movie that shows no loyalty to the source material. He should be ashamed of his performance in this abnormal movie. The part of the villain would have been perfect for Anthony Hopkins, if he had been willing to accept that instead of Connery who did not yet retire from acting after THE AVENGERS until 2003.

The film was not quite ready to renew interest on a classic TV series and actually did no justice for the series as it was so poorly made that if this is your first introduction to THE AVENGERS, it discourages you from wanting to watch the TV series which despite this poor movie is actually quite decent.

Star rating: (2/10) Bad Movie

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