Maksim's Review of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
There is nothing extraordinary in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Sloppy, uneven and with dull special effects this movie is a poor attempt to bring Alan Moore's cult comic-book series to the silver screen. With shallow plot and story unable to compel, The League lacks the excitement and the thrills to make this movie more than a mildly entertaining and easily forgettable super-hero flick.
Set in the beginning of the XX-th Century, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen does provide an intriguing first quarter, in which the main story is introduced and Sean Connery takes a commanding lead as Allan Quatermain. With the task of preventing the outburst of a global war, he has to assemble a team of different fictional weirdos and to stop the mysterious "Fantom". Everything in the first part of the movie seems promising for two hours of action-packed entertainment.
The first problems seem to occur while introducing all the participants in the League. It takes too long to introduce everyone and in then one could just get bored by the adding of "just another" member to the League. From that moment director Stephen Norrington seems to forget the main aim of his movie: to entertain. He spends too much time on every single character from the League and tries to describe their feelings, fears and personal motivations. At one point Norrington's movie appears to have five leading characters and as s result of this the overall pace is lost, the focus of the mission is lost and the confusion grows. Add to these issues the mediocre special effects, represented by the ugliest cgi-generated submarine, and the disappointment with The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen would be complete.
The only bright light in this movie is the charming Sean Connery. One could never get bored with his humor, tender accent and ability to draw the attention on himself. Unfortunately, after leading for the first thirty minutes, his character is loses its influential presence due to the introduction of the rest of the team.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is meant to get the audience on a fantastic action-packed adventure, but it never really delivers what it promises. With no style and insufficient levels of tension, this movie stumbles due to the simple fact that it tries to tell more than it can. The last Sean Connery movie, before going into retirement, is a fine Sunday TV experience, but it could have been so much better!