never intended to see "The
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" on the big screen, but I was bored
one day, had seen everything else and decided to give it a roll of the
dice. Having heard so much bad bla-bla about it, my expectations were
lower than Tom Arnold’s brain cells count. But as I was watching the
flick, something odd happened...yes, a smile got imprinted on my face and
it just wouldn’t go away. I suddenly caught myself thinking: "Holy
shite, can it be? I’m actually HAVING A BLAST!
on Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill’s
graphic novel of the same name (these lads also did the "From
Hell" graphic novel), "The League of Extraordinary
Gentlemen" entertained in a period piece, "X-Men"
type of way with an endearing pulp comic book feel oozing throughout. The
flick’s most potent weapon was definitely its varied 19th century iconic
lead characters, some of which were horror-inclined. I totally grooved on
adventurer Alan Quatermain and I have to hand it to the always charismatic
Sean Connery; for an old geyser, he still knows how to throw a mean punch.
My other two favorite characters were: the somber, yet lovely, bloodsucker
Mina Harker (Wilson) and the all-Yankee Tom Sawyer (West).
exciting action was the second spice on this dish! I loved the many shoot-outs,
the tight brawls and the characters’ use of their special skills. I’ve
heard many say that the special effects in the film were far from special
and I beg to differ. I though the Hyde CGI effect was the shite, adored
the many slick vehicles in the film (that sub was kool) and went koo-koo
for Mina’s “bat heavy” flight. Come on, when Venice started
crumbling as Sawyer was driving through it at top speed...didn’t you
feel that shite? I sure did! NICE! Sure,
the matte paintings and green screens were obvious but behold, for me it
gave the setting a more otherworldly and surreal feel and never took me
out of the picture. Au contraire, I was more engulfed by it all. I WAS in
the downside, the script (or was it the editing) was quite flawed, giving
the storyline a choppy flow. The middle section, although still
interesting, was all over the place and no place at the same time, know
what I mean? I also found that some of the characters were abandoned for
too long of time and that the villain was far too typical to be memorable.
Haven’t I seen this bad guy in every other film of this type? Come on!
Let’s get creative here! Lastly, the plot holes were abundant and way
too obvious. I heard there was a lot of conflict on set between director
Stephen Norrington (who is rumored to have quit Hollywood after this
shoot) and control freak star Sean Connery (who also executive produced
the film). That might have something to do with how things turned out. Or
it might not...or I might deserve a beating. You decide.
the whole, although the movie had its faults, I forgave lots of them due
to the strong dose of yummy entertainment it shoved down my throat. This
baby just made me feel like a kid again and was quite the effortless
watch! And you mean to tell me that Captain Nemo is more than just a Sarah
Brightman song? Wow! Who knew?! Hop on this adventure?