The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

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Posted by Sulkyblue (31st May 2004, 13:20)

I wasn't expecting this film to be much good and I wasn't wrong. I haven't read the graphic novel, but was intrigued by the concept of seeing literary figures on the screen together. For some reason the whole thing just didn't gel. I think primarily to blame is a spectacularly clumsy script - the words were cheesily bad in places, the plot had the feeling of being squeezed in to make the effects work, the pacing was terrible and the character handling was hit and miss. Much of the cast seemed to be plodding through along for the money and potentially interesting pairings were squeezed off the screen in favour of tired old father-son and romantic-history relationshis, while most of the actual action worked hard to split the characters up rather than bring them together. Maybe it would be better on a 2nd viewing or when I'm not tired, but a wasted opportunity I feel.

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 Siberman ( 1st Jun 2004, 08:41, Rank: Mentat )  reply

This should have been a good film. unfortunately it wasn't. I was at least pleased to see all the other main characters laughing at Tom Sawyer throughout most of the film. On the other hand, I was annoyed that Moriarty, evil hyper-genius, was portrayed as a bit of an idiot. It seems to hjave been the victim of confused script writing torn between wanting to be true to he graphic novel, and wanting to make a hollywood blockbuster. Unfortunately the americanisation won.

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 karne ( 3rd Jun 2004, 10:50, Rank: GSV )  reply

Much less painful on a second viewing, or if you make sure to set your expectometer fairly low.

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