Just Read a Book

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen brings together many characters from great works of literature. It’s also yet another early 2000’s comic book adaptation that should never have been made as soon as it was. Long before Watchmen (see that review here) was released, LXG was the Alan Moore team up movie hated by its own creator. It’s a lot easier to see why he hated this so much. I never read the graphic novel, but you can tell his usual dark wit and nuance is missing. This is from the director of Blade afterall. So it’s definitely style over substance. Like so many other superhero related movies, I first saw LXG on FX. It seemed somewhat promising at first, but it wound up boring me to death. LXG is notoriously the movie that made Sean Connery quit acting. Let’s just say turning down the role of Gandalf was the worst career decision he ever made. Connery plays African adventurer/hunter Allan Quatermain from King Solomon’s Mines. Never heard of him. He’s recruited to be the leader of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. A team which consists of: Captain Nemo from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, a vampire version of Mina Harker from Dracula, an Invisible Man not from The Invisible Man, Dorian Gray from The Picture of Dorian Gray, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, and Tom Sawyer (for some reason). They’re up against the Fantom from The Phantom of the Operaย who turns out to be Professor Moriarty from Sherlock Holmes. Bad special effects, lifeless characters, and an unappealing look make The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen another waste of an interesting premise.


The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: (left to right) Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, Dorian Gray, Captain Nemo, Allan Quatermain, Mina Harker, Invisible Man, and Tom Sawyer

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