The Avengers (1998)

Rating: ***
Release Date: 8/14/98
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Uma Thurman, Sean Connery

A strange and quirky, but thoroughly enjoyable action/adventure film. Government agent John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Dr. Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) must stop a tyrannical madman (Sean Connery) from blackmailing the world by using his power to control the weather. Sure it's ludicrous and over the top, but it plays well and all of the characters are dead serious and feel like they belong in the slightly skewed environment. The witty British banter between Peel and Steed is charming and Connery makes a good crazed villain (although the teddy bear costume was a bit extreme).