The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

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  • Time: 110 min
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy
  • Director: Stephen Norrington
  • Cast: Sean Connery, Stuart Townsend, Peta Wilson

Storyline:

Renowned adventurer Allan Quatermain leads a team of extraordinary figures with legendary powers to battle the technological terror of a madman known as “The Fantom.” This “League” comprises seafarer/inventor Captain Nemo, vampiress Mina Harker, an invisible man named Rodney Skinner, American secret service agent Tom Sawyer, the ageless and invincible Dorian Gray, and the dangerous split personality of Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde.

One review

  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is an extraordinary entertainment. It took me back to the Saturday afternoon adventure serials when I was a kid, at a time when you paid twenty-five cents to see an “A” feature, a “B” feature, a newsreel, a cartoon and a serial adventure.

    What makes this such a fun romp is the humor of the piece with the pithy and witty dialog, the reverent tributes to dozens of nineteenth century and earlier adventure characters, and of course the actors themselves. The aging but still ever dynamic Sean Connery once more proves why he has been so watchable for the past five decades. One of the things that has marked his many performances is the way he does not seem to take himself seriously, while he does honor to each character.

    While the rest of the cast is not maybe as well known, they all managed to bring a great deal of fun to their performances. This is not a great classic of Cinema, and will never return an Oscar, but taken for what it is, it succeeds well. If you don’t enjoy this one, then you either need to get out more or you need a humor transplant. I got so much into the film that it did not strike me until much later that Tom Sawyer should have been in his late sixties or early seventies at the time of this story.

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