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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)


10/10: Sean Connery's best action movie since "The Rock
Monday, February 18, 2008

The improbable logistics of the exciting new Sean Connery science fiction adventure saga "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" won't stand up to scrutiny. Meaning, moviegoers who nit-pick at flicks probably won't appreciate this special effects laden extravaganza. For example, when our intrepid heroes cruise into Venice, Italy, circa 1899, aboard the fabulous submarine 'the Nautilus' of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" fame, they should have run aground. Under actual circumstances, those scenic Venetian canals don't draw enough water to accommodate a sub. Later, Tom Sawyer of Mark Twain's "Tom Sawyer" performs the impossible as he races along straight stretches of street in Venice. You can wheel around in circles without accident, but those claustrophobic Venetian roads aren't straight enough for him to pull off those "2 Fast 2 Furious" stunts. Indeed, virtually everything in "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" qualifies as wholly unbelievable, so hard-core realists won't buy a bit of...

8/10: A film that deserved a better fate
Wednesday, January 14, 2004

Many times film have such bad vibes during production that they are rumored to be a terrible mess before they have a chance to premiere. Some films that suffered this fate during filming were The Godfather and Titanic. Both turned out to be box office bonanzas and the trouble they had making it to the big screen was quickly forgotten. Then there are films like Valley of the Dolls and Myra Breckinridge which were legendary for their on the set squabbles and dissension among cast members. The end product of both of those productions were films that should have won awards for being the ultimate in cinema stinkers. In 2003, we are given The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, which had already become legendary for it's problems between director Stephen Norrington and lead actor Sean Connery. Add to that such disasters as a flood wiping out production in Prague and you have a nation full of critics ready to pounce...

7/10: Heavens, it wasn't THAT bad
Monday, May 17, 2004

I've been reading the comments page in a somewhat bemused fashion. It seems to be divided between people who don't like the movie because it's not enough like the original graphic novel and people who don't like it because they've never heard of half of the characters that are members of the League. The latter seems to me to be an unutterably silly reason for disliking a film. Does nobody read the classics anymore? Nobody reads Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jules Verne, H.G. Wells, or Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? I find that difficult to believe. As to the former--not enough like the graphic novel, in other words--just how in the heck can a screenwriter accommodate the dark and twisted visions of Alan Moore in a two-hour Hollywood movie, anyway? I don't believe that one can compare anything written by Alan Moore to what ends up on the...

5/10: Disappointing in content and style
Saturday, July 12, 2003

This was one of my most anticipated movies. I love Connery and the premise of this was great. A Indiana Jones setting for adventure, six great characters from classic fiction, and a good story.Somehow, these elements were lost in the presentation. The story is supposedly based on a graphic novel (comic book) by Alan Moore but the departures from the original story are too numerous. Sadly, not only the storyline is abandoned but the style and flair is as well.The entire movie is far too dark. I'm so tired of "dark and atmospheric" becoming just a vehicle for covering up lousy sets and fx. The action sequences are fake and choppy as the director decides on fast editing rather than skilled choreography.This is a period piece, set in 1899 but there are a lot of continuity errors. They refer to the car as a "car", for example, though they didn't know what it was.For...

6/10: The League of SO MUCH Potential
Sunday, July 17, 2005

Sean Connery is a very distinguished actor. He has appeared in several great films spanning decades. He was the original 007 James Bond and has since made his mark on the American Cinema. His way or presenting a line is uncanny. Connery is a real hero. His character Allan Quartermain is no different.The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen shows the world during the turn of the century, 1900. The dawn of a new era is about to begin as the world changes into the industrial, mechanized age. New technologies are being developed and Europe is gripped with terror. The man known as "The Fantom" is toying with England and Germnay, starting what seems like a war between the two. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Allan Quartermain is picked to lead a team of select individuals on an expedition to find and stop "The Fantom". Allan is teamed up with Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), Tom Sawyer...

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