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Festivale online magazine, November, 1998
The Avengers movie review
The Avengers

Steed (Finnes) and Mrs Peel (Thurman) are called in to investigate the peculiar weather conditions -- freak snowstorms, hail of Old Testament proportions, temperatures wildly fluctuating. Could they be the result of machinations by Sir August De Wynter (Connery).

I took the precaution of viewing a couple of old Avengers tapes before heading off to the cinema to see this.

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The film has the same rhythm of the series, a very stylised dead pan delivery, which didn't always work then, and probably will have trouble finding an audience now.

Movie Poster, The Avengers, Festivale film review; avengers.jpg - 16632 Bytes It is a sort of wanna-be camp in the same ilk as the TV Batman series. In the nineties, we demand that the sophistication extend to the plots. As a femme, I ground my teeth thoroughly when they took Doctor Peel and demoted her to Mrs Peel, making her an emotional wreck without her man. A little less attention to style and attitude and more attention to script and real characterisation would have improved this film.

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See also: Uma Thurman also appears in Gattaca, Les Miserables
Sean Connery also appears in Dragonheart,
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Title: The Avengers (1998)
Written by: Don Macpherson based on the British television series
Directed by: Jeremiah Chechik
Produced by: Jerry Weintraub, Susan Ekins
Edited by: Mick Audsley
Director of Photography: Roger Pratt
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The Players: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery
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