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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen /

Rated: PG-13

Starring: Sean Connery, Peta Wilson, Stuart Townsend, Tony Curran, Jason Flemyng
Directed by: Stephen Norrington
Produced by: Jane Hamsher, Don Murphy
Written by: James Robinson, Alan Moore
Distributor: 20th Century Fox


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     The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’s advertising campaigns state that it is one of the few movies that will come out this summer that is original and innovative, but most importantly, not a cookie-cutter, comic-book sequel. All of these facts are true, but definitely not in a good way. So what LXG is a one of a kind film, based on an energetic and fun graphic novel? It’s also boring, clumsy, and takes itself far too seriously to be called campy (or even very fun, for that matter). 

     I was, admittedly, hooked into the story of LXG, for the first half-hour or so. For a while, it comes across as an entertaining, and sometimes epic, comic-book style adaptation. But, before long, the material begins to wear thin, and the film turns into a boring endurance test. Maybe if LXG had been trimmed down by thirty minutes, to a bearable length of an hour and fifteen minutes, it would’ve been a thoroughly enjoyable popcorn-movie. But, audiences won’t be pleased with the grim 105 minute-long flick they’ll find themselves viewing at the local multiplex. LXG would work best as a twenty-minute-long short-film—it would be much more engrossing and easier to take that way.

     Sean Connery is exhilarating to watch, as always, however. Whenever his face lightens the dismal mood of the film, it’s like a fresh breath of air for the audience. But, when the camera pans back into all of the stupid messes of action, featuring laughable villains, we go back to feeling like we’re being strangled by the video that’s being projected onto the screen. Connery usually has the ability to make bad movies worthwhile, but isn’t able to here. Even with him, and his entertaining co-“Extraordinary Gentlemen,” LXG still, well, sucks the big one.

     The special effects range from being wondrously beautiful and atmospheric to unbelievably ugly. The work on the character Rodney Skinnier (Tony Curran) is stupendous. Skinnier is an invisible man, who has to smear white face-paint onto his front, and wear normal clothes, for anyone to be able to recognize (or see him). Of all the Extraordinary Gentlemen, he is definitely the most interesting, and my personal favorite. However, the work on the giant ship that the cast of Extraordinary Gentlemen travel on, called the Nautilus, is devastatingly mediocre. The Nautilus is big and towering, and quite jolly-looking, but terribly done. If you squint hard enough, it looks like it’s a giant piece of bird-plop. The ship appears as though it was drawn by a five-year-old kid, with a white crayon, over an hour’s time. It’s easy for a movie to appear too campy—LXG represents such, and quite well, at that.

     It’s very hard to say that LXG is one of the worst movies of the year, because its intentions are so good. On the other hand, it’s harder to deny how crappy it is. When it comes to cable, it’ll work as some quality background noise, but other than that, don’t waste your time on it. The only thing worse than a bad movie, is a bad movie that had the potential to be a good one. If I’m able to, I’d love to remove LXG from my memory, until the time to make my “Worst of the Year” list comes. To allow myself to begin forgetting, I’m going to end my review of it, right here.

-Danny, Bucket Reviews


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