Reviewed by: Dave Rettig
John Steed and Mrs. Peel seek to stop the forces of evil in “The Avengers”, a remake of the 1960’s British television series. In this cinematic version, the topic of the day is weather. Specifically, bad weather. Very bad, and meteorlogical genius Sir August de Wynter’s (Sean Connery) power to control the forces of nature to a lethal extent. Now Sir August de Wynter promises 73 and sunny skies, for a price. Can Englands’s finest stop these fiendish plans and still keep tea time?
If it weren’t for the draw of the original “Avengers” series, this cinematic flop would have no appeal whatsoever. A campy cross between “James Bond” and “Get Smart,” “Avengers” was at least original in the 1960; however, aside from some new faces and some better special effects, we have the same dry humor and eccentricities of the series. All this would be fine if you are an “Avengers” television series fan. The movie however assumes the series. If you are not familiar with the characters, or the nature of their relationship, or what to expect from their escapades, you will be lost. The film does not provide background or any character development for those unschooled in the 60’s “Avengers”. Sadly so…“Avengers” devotees are few and far between.
“The Avengers” contains some profanity, violence, and some adult topics. There are a number of times Steed and Peel make statements with double meanings which are inappropreate for younger audiences. Also the violence is frequent and in fact, is the centerpiece of the opening scene.
If you were a fan of the original “Avengers” and the PG-13 rating doesn’t bother you, “The Avengers” movie is great to see, if for nothing more than memories. If you aren’t familiar with “Avengers”, you will find yourself feeling strangely disconnected from the film. I’d pass on “Avengers”, rent the 60’s series (available on video) and likely by the time you watch the tapes, the movie will be at the discount theatre for a dollar.
Year of Release—1998