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Avengers, The | 1998 | Uma Thurman, Ralph Fiennes


Quite how Warner Bros lit on the decision to entrust the making of The Avengers to director Chechik is a mystery. After all, with such gems as Diabolique and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation under his belt, it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would stink up – big time.
Uma Thurman as Emma Peel is way off the money, never once capturing the essence of Emma (haughty and snobbish is not cool and calm). Fiennes is even wider of the mark, turning debonair Steed into a pompous, buttoned-up prig. Even the appearance of Macnee himself can’t stop this from being so ghastly and unforgivable.

cast
Keeley Hawes as Tamara
Ralph Fiennes as John Steed
Uma Thurman as Emma Peel
Sean Connery as Sir August de Wynter
Patrick Macnee as Invisible Jones (voice)
Jim Broadbent as Mother
Fiona Shaw as Father
Eddie Izzard as Bailey
Eileen Atkins as Alice
John Wood as Trubshaw
Carmen Ejogo as Brenda
Shaun Ryder as Donavan
Nicholas Woodeson as Dr. Darling
Michael Godley as Butler
Richard Lumsden as Boodle’s Porter
Solly Assa as Bob
crew
Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik
Script: Don MacPherson
Characters: Brian Clemens
Producer: Jerry Weintraub
Photographer: Roger Pratt
USA | 89 minutes | 1998

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