The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Rated PG-13)
Starring: Sean Connery, Shane West, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson and Jason Flemying
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Synopsis: A hunter, a scientist, a vampire, an invisible man, an immortal, a spy, a beast… When a masked mad-man known as “The Fantom” threatens to launch global Armageddon, a legendary adventurer Allan Quartermain commands a legion of superheroes, the likes of which mankind has never seen. Now, despite fighting their own personal demons — and each other — they must join forces to save the world.
My Thoughts: In my mind, it would be awesome to be a superhero or some other “extraordinary” person. Some would say there’s too much responsibility on the shoulders of anyone in that position. I disagree, the awesomeness outweighs the responsibility for me.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a hodgepodge of literary figures, mainly of the classic variety. It’s not even close to being accurate on the time scale, but how often is a movie, outside of the documentary genre, all that accurate? I was excited to see that they were combining the characters of the Invisible Man (The Invisible Man), Captain Nemo (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea), Dorian Gray (The Picture of Dorian Gray), and Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde (The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde) into one steroidal movie.
The plot was intriguing and action-packed, not necessarily believable. there were lots of explosions and character battles to get just about anyone’s heart pumping. I enjoyed the little nuances that were brought out in these famous characters and the addition of newbies. Sean Connery as Allan Quartermain was eh, in my opinion (no need to kill me; I’m just not a big Connery fan). The overall acting in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was about average, nothing to write home about.
I enjoyed watching this movie, but it’s not really the type of movie that you can watch over and over again within a short time period. For that reason, I’ll say that I liked it and would recommend The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, just not exuberantly.
3.5 out of 5 Popcorn Buckets = I liked it quite a bit.