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A review of The Avengers
by J. D. Rummel

My girlfriend liked The Avengers.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik

Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery, Patrick Macnee

Rating: PG-13

Release: 08-14-1998

Time: 89 minutes

Buy Movie at It might be because she never saw the television series on which the movie was based.

I remember vividly the Monday and Friday nights when that series first aired on American television and the incredible adventures of John Steed and Emma Peel, portrayed by the legendary pairing of Patrick Macnee and Diana Rigg.

The recent movie with Uma Thurman and Ralph Fiennes does not compare favorably with the original series, and that causes the movie to misfire badly.

That's not to say the filmmakers completely failed. Anyone who remembers the series will recognize the cadence of the speech, the odd situations (a business meeting where everyone is dressed in colored bear suits) and the heavy emphasis on style. Someone who knew the series was involved. Unfortunately those efforts were not sufficient. Too often, the movie fails by bringing a alien touch to the established canon. (my spider-sense first started to tingle when the previews described Emma Peel as an "atomic scientist.") Those who know The Truth, know that Steed is never as incapable as he is portrayed in the movie. And Steed and Mrs. Peel would never kiss on camera (nor is there sufficient chemistry between Fiennes and Thurman to make us want to see such an act).

Yes, the movie is miscast. Fiennes, a talented actor misses the mark, making Steed a sort of duty bound stick who periodically becomes Jackie Chan, instead of the ever competent suavester fans know him to be. Thurman, while trying valiantly cannot project any of the British thermal units that Rigg had in spades.

Sean Connery is wonderful as the villain, the sets, special effects and stunts are first rate also, but that's not enough to save this movie. There are probably intelligent, thoughtful people like my girlfriend who will enjoy the film, but not enough to make the film a hit.