Nearing the end of the 19th century, a group of remarkable
individuals unite to combat a man who wishes to start a world war.
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
Directed by Stephen Norrington
Written by James Robinson
Starring Sean Connery, Naseeruddin Shah, Peta Wilson,
Tony Curran, Stuart Townsend, Shane West, Jason Flemyng,
Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore and Kevin O'Neill
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen has been the subject of ridicule ever since its release back in 2003. While it may not have the spirit of the graphic novel or the best screenplay, it delivers what it promises nonetheless and has been a guilty pleasure film for many, myself included.
Despite being the film that single-handedly made Sean Connery retire from the industry, the film is enjoyable, especially if you read the classics. The league in the film consists of Allan Quatermain (Connery), Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah), Mina Harker (Peta Wilson), Rodney Skinner, the Invisible Man (Tony Curran), Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), Tom Sawyer (Shane West), and Dr. Henry Jekyll and Mr. Edward Hyde (Jason Flemyng). Even if you hated this film, you've got to admit it was cool to see all these characters in the same movie.
I have no problem with admitting that I like this film. It's a movie I can put on in the background while I'm doing something else and among its many issues, it has a great deal of things to like about it. Regardless of the critical backlash, I enjoy watching The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and I hope more people will admit they like it too.