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Avengers, The (1998)

The cult 1960s TV series gets royally shafted by Hollywood in this stunningly designed blockbuster that’s stunningly awful in every other department.

Ralph Fiennes and Uma Thurman couldn’t be more miscast as John Steed and Emma Peel, here trying to stop villainous Sir August De Wynter (Sean Connery playing himself again, only with extra ham) holding the world’s weather to ransom and freezing London to an arctic standstill.

Ruthlessly edited before release and packed with one-liners, bad puns and vulgar double entendres, this is misguided and misbegotten to a simply staggering degree while Jeremiah Chechik’s mannered direction screeches the action to an unexciting halt at every flat turn.

Terrible special effects and zero chemistry between Fiennes and Thurman make this notorious disaster a total waste of everyone’s time and energy.

John Steed
Ralph Fiennes
Doctor Emma Peel
Uma Thurman
Sir August De Wynter
Sean Connery
Mother
Jim Broadbent
Father
Fiona Shaw
Bailey
Eddie Izzard
Alice
Eileen Atkins
Tribshaw
John Wood
Brenda
Carmen Ejogo
Tamara
Keeley Hawes
Donavan
Shaun Ryder
Invisible Jones
Patrick Macnee

Director
Jeremiah Chechik