The Avengers is something truly special: a film that fails miserably in every possible way.Obviously listening to the sound of ringing cash registers in their head, the Hollywood big shots have dusted off another TV show with an eye to merchandising and a new franchise. But they've effectively cut their own throats by signing on hack director Chechik (the pathetic Diabolique), who obviously comes cheap.
Why waste money on a good director, or even on a script, when you can spend it on big stars and special effects?
The "plot" revolves around secret agent John Steed (Fiennes), who teams up with Dr. Emma Peel (Thurman) to thwart August De Wynter (Connery) who has taken control of the world's weather patterns. And that's about it.
Not for a long time has a film been created which seems to intentionally avoid everything that goes into making a good piece of entertainment.
Character, motivation and even the merest whisper of a decent story have been tossed overboard in favour of clunky set pieces and tedious action sequences.
To rub it in, the whole stinking mess comes wrapped in a cloak of smug self awareness. And there's nothing worse than being poked in the ribs at a joke that's not funny.The Avengers is an unmitigated disaster. ---Erin Free