The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Widescreen Edition)
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When a masked madman threatens to launch a global Armageddon, legendary adventurer Allan Quartermain steps in with a legion of superheroes, the likes of which mankind has never seen, including Dorian Gray, Dracula's bride, Tom Saywer, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll and an Invisible Man. Now, despite fighting their own personal demons - and each other - they must join forces to save the world.
- "Assembling the League": a six-part behind-the-scenes documentary
- 12 deleted and extended scenes
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The movie provides more visuals, but with a two-hour length it had to cut back on the length of background for the characters. The movie glossed over some of the darker aspects of the characters, particular Alan Quatermain, but enhanced others, particular the background of Mina Harker. The other strange addition was that of the character of Dorian Gray. I also objected to the change in the invisible man character from the book to the movie. I much preferred the book's Hawley Griffin as the invisible man versus Rodney Skinner, who supposedly stole the formula. Griffin was a much stronger, more tormented character, though his characterization would require more film time to establish and would likely have weakened the roles of the primary actors.
In terms of characterization, Sean Connery clearly shined as Quatermain, as he always seems to do in every role. Peta Wilson is excellent as the sultry, dangerous Mina Harker. Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo returns Nemo to his original characterization by Verne as a Sikh. Shah's Nemo was a welcome variation to previous Nemos, providing a sense of command, control and honor in comparison to those others who sometimes seemed simpering and typically talked far too much for Verne's Nemo.Read more ›
*Allan Quatermain from the novel "King Solomon's Mines" by H. Rider Haggard
*Captain Nemo from "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne
*The Invisible Man from "The Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells
*Wilhelmina Harker from "Dracula" by Bram Stoker
*Dorian Gray from "The Portrait of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde
*Tom Sawyer from "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain
*Dr. Jeckyll from "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson
For all of you who don't know who these characters are and have never read the original "League of Extraordinary Gentleman" graphic novels by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill, if you really want to enjoy this movie as much as I did, you probably should read some of these classic novels first.
The plot is a very old and tried one, which has been re-done in this movie surprisingly well. Although you shouldn't expect many unanticipated twists in the story, do look for enjoyable references to other novels like: "Crimes of the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe, "The Phantom of the Opera" by Gaston Leroux and "The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, among others. It even pays homage to Ian Fleming's 007 (James Bond) characters and Sir Sean Connery himself, as it includes a short banter with two characters named M and Q.Read more ›
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I loved it! I've always been fascinated by characters like Capt. Nemo, who's an inspiration and a larger-than-life figure! Read morePublished 25 days ago by K.D.
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