Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Review

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a comic book series written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Kevin O'Neil. The Official Synopsis for the Film:  In an alternate Victorian Age world, a group of famous contemporary fantasy, Sci Fi and adventure characters team up on a secret mission. . It draws on the works of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells, Bram Stoker, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H. Rider Haggard, Ian Fleming, Herman Melville, Oscar Wilde, Robert Louis Stevenson, Edgar Allan Poe, Gaston Leroux, and Mark Twain, If you have not seen this Film yet please be advised that there are Spoilers ahead.

Released July 11, 2003 The film grossed $179,265,204 worldwide at the box office, rental revenue of $48,640,000, and DVD sales as of 2003 at $36,400,000.Although the film bears the same name as the famed graphic novel it differs greatly from the work of Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neil.  Many have attributed Sean Connery's retirement(until 2010) from live action films to the reception and poor reviews of this film. It is fair to say that this is not the best comic book/graphic novel adaptation however it is a summer feel good type of movie with big explosions,  A-list stars and the endless good versus evil plot.  The film opens in the year 1899  with explosions and a Battle Royale at the Bank of England. The Assailants who are dressed as German Soldiers and that are in a tank, steal Leonardo Da'vinci's  blueprint drawings of the city foundations of Venice Italy. They then kidnap a group of German Scientists and blow up several factories which puts the United Kingdom and Germany on the brink of war.

The League of Extraordinary Gentleman is a Victorian era Justice League or Avengers style film. We meet a group of highly skilled  individuals with otherworldly powers taking on insurmountable odds. For all the camp and bad jokes that are in this film, I still must say that I truly enjoyed viewing it. We are treated to breathtaking cinematography of Victorian era London, sweeping views of Kenya and even an undersea battle ! I can appreciate director  Stephen Norrington's attempt to bring our childhood heroes to the big screen in a bold new way. Most everyone has read Tom Sayer, Dracula, 10,000 leagues under the sea, etc.. but no one has ever seen these characters unveiled together on the silver screen. In a sense you can say that Stephen gave us a glimpse into what the Avengers would be like 8 years in advance.

For someone that is not into Steam Punk, Sci Fi or Comic Book related stuff I would recommend renting from Redbox or Amazon Direct Digital. There is not much depth in the plot of the story but if you love seeing the forces of good overcome evil, big explosions and ridiculous one liners than this is the film for you ! The film stars Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson, Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng, and Richard Roxburgh.


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