The Avengers (1998)

JEREMIAH S. CHECHIK

Bil’s rating (out of 5):   B

USA, 1998.  Warner Bros., Jerry Weintraub Productions.  Screenplay by , based on the television series by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Laughably lame action film based on the swinging sixties show has Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman, resting comfortably at the top of their sex appeal, as two supersleuths whose job it is to stop an evil villain (Sean Connery) bent on controlling the world’s weather. It’s about as lame as it sounds. Some colourful set pieces and the odd jolt of excitement (Fiennes taking a nude steam bath will have your heart racing for days) never for a moment compensate for how embarrassing the entire production is, from lame script to laughable performance by Connery and completely non-existent direction by Jeremiah Chechik (who between Benny and Joon and Diabolique isn’t about to make a great film anytime too soon). If you must subject yourself to it, hopefully you will enjoy Thurman’s great costumes and the oddity of seeing a bad guy dressed up as a giant candy-coloured teddy bear.

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