good fun I'm very glad, and pleasantly surprised, to report that LXG is a very fun popcorn movie. It isn't exactly true to the Alan Moore comic, but Alan Moore wasn't exactly true to the original stories or characters either. Moore made changes that were not always for the best. Moore's Quatermain was nothing like Haggard's original. Connery's version is much better. The rest of the casting is also Extraordinary. Peta Wilson is one sexy vampire!
what would Alan Moore say? This movie reminded me of the adaptation of Starship Troopers - the title was the same but everyhting else was completely different. If you are a fan of the excellent graphic novels by Moore and Kevin O'Neil you will be bitterly disappointed in this film.
Taken on its own, the film isn't all that bad. It's pure B Movie fun and Sean Connery and the cast (Stuart Townsend as well) have a terrific time with their characters. I was disappointed by Hyde - how does a ghastly creature who murders people in the Rue Morgue and is the embodiment of pure evil suddenly decide to be helpful and a team player? He also looks amazingly fake.
The plot is silly and exists only for fight scenes and the Fantom is a terrible movie villian (how does he get around in all that armor?) but I always like lots of kung fu and flips so it was fun to watch.
I agree with another reviewer - the ending is lame. Rent but don't buy.Film of Exceptional Concepts The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is witty, action packed and smart. The film is, of course based on the comic book literary characters, and not so much on their traditional literary roles. One of the most interesting things done in this film dealt with Professor Moriarty. At the beginning he is portrayed as a middle aged gentleman, and at the end he is shown in younger form. Of course this is reminiscent of the idea that there were actually 3 Moriarty brothers - the elder being a professor, and the youngest being a criminal mastermind. The younger, according to his creator, Jules Verne, kills the elder and disguises himself as the professor. The only thing that would have been even wittier in this film would have been if they had managed to get Richard Roxburgh to play three roles instead of two, also posing as Captain Nemo. There is a strong belief among Jules Verne scholars that Captain Nemo was infact Professor James Moriarty!!! This film is an excellent action piece, whose only short coming would be the CGI effects (and no, Mr. Hyde is not CGI!!). There are a few characters that were CGI rendered which were obviously fake. Other than that the film is Extraordinary, but it must be taken for what it is - a film adaptation of a comic book.