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The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Saturday, July 12, 2003
I saw the new movie "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" last night, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Like the comic book (which I have also read), the movie follows a team of fictional characters as they fight evil in a steampunk 1899.
This movie was great. It combined action with a reasonable amount of character development. Characters with powers (such as Mia Harker, Rodney Skinner, and Dr. Jekyll) actually remember to use them, and they use them well. Generally, in none of the action sequences did a character act stupid, even though they were occasionally defeated.
I liked Nemo and the Nautilus. While they lowered the tech of Nemo's weapons from the comics, they gave him today's technology rather than technology from the future. Although the Nautilus would be a bit big to fit through the canals of Venice, in the LXG timeline it seemed that global warming had already taken place. (Or a comet had dumped far too much water on earth, whatever.) Either way, a steampunk ship with VLS tubes is just cool.
Readers of the comic should check out the annotations, at the link above. Realize that the movie producers did quite a bit to capture the depth of the original. In both the comic and the movie, there are paintings of previous leagues in the background, which is just a great subtle bit of depth.
All in all, this movie is a worthy adaptation.
Posted on Monday, July 28, 2003 by beth:
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