Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tuesday Cinema: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Welcome to a new Tuesday Cinema! 
This week we are going to talk about a steampunk movie from 2003 called The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Story: A mysterious individual called the fantom seems to be trying to get England and Germany against one another to start a war. In England, the fantom stole the valuable Leonardo da Vinci’s layouts of Venice’s foundations, in Germany, he kidnapped scientists. The British Empire is in danger and Reed calls on Alan Quatermain to come to the rescue, he is to form a team called The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to stop the evil scheme of the Fantoms. The team recruits heroes of the literature: Dorian Grey, Captain Nemo, Mina Harker, now a chemist and a vampire (well done Dracula), the invisible Rodney Skinner, Dr. Jekyll or was it more Mr. Hyde and a American secret agent called Tom Sawyer. Together they have to stop the fantom from destroying Venice and Europe's chance at peace.

My feeling: I liked the take on the different characters more than the story itself. Captain Nemo was not as great as should have been expected from him, he owe to be a lot smarter than that. I would rather have seen him as the leader than a mysoginistic Quatermain. On the other hand, seeing Mina as a vampire badass was totally awesome, I still wondered what happen for her to turn. I like how they took little pieces of everybody's past and managed to make the characters interact with each other.
On the other hand, I thought the plot was a little thin. There was not enough complexity to it. They all went toward their goal and even when moving as a team were still into their individual needs. The betrayal was a bit predictable and seeing the fantom almost running after them and throwing himself at them at the beginning was not especially cool. Like hey look we are in the same room, but I'm so terrible you can't catch me... Not realistic enough.
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