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Friday, June 27 12:00 AM EST

Trailer Review: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

By Brian Briggs

Reviewinator

Starring Sean Connery
Director Stephen Norrington
Official Site Link
US Opening July 11, 2003
Rated Not Yet Rated
Genre Comic Book Adaptation
Trailer Clichés Quick-cut title-splash,
Explosions 4
Weapons Knives, Sean Connery's Fist of Fury (tm), liquor bottle, bazooka, teeth, harpoons, big muscles, pistols, car, machine guns, rifle, sword, Sean Connery's Head of Fury, giant monster hand
Voiceover Yes
"In a world where..."

"The world must call upon..."

Spoilage Factor 10%
Geek Factor 80% (Comic book adaptation, extensive CGI)
See Trailer? Yes
See Movie? No

Sean Connery as an adventurer in a submarine. No, it's not The Hunt for Red October meets Indiana Jones. It's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen or LXG. What is it with comic book movies and their titles. First, the ever changing X-Men United and then (the )[incredible] HULK. Shouldn't it be LEG? Oh, I forgot you have to have an X in your title these days to have a successful movie. I'm surprised the studio didn't rename Hulk to Hulx.

I know Americans don't read, but isn't it important to let people know that some of the greatest characters in literature are thrown together in this movie? The Invisible Man and Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde are the only ones that are obvious.

The voiceover tells us that Sean Connery's character is the greatest adventurer who ever lived, but fails to tell us his character's name. I think they're trying to fool us into thinking this might be an Indiana Jones sequel.

I have a fear that comic book adaptations while being very cool are starting to grow old. Like everything else Hollywood does, they'll take a good concept and run it into the ground until you're sick of spending money to see it. To me this movie looks like X-Men 3: Journey Through Literature or JXL.

This trailer nears the frenetic pace of Hulk's 1.46 cuts/second with a respectable 1.22 c/s. The trailer doesn't give me any cohesive feel about the movie. It's trying to blind me with special effects, sound and action which is one way that bad movies try to mask their stinkitude.

Who's the man now, dog?

Naturally, one of the Gentlemen claims that their foe is indestructible. Of course, if that's true then there will be no LXG 2, but this crucial hint reveals to us the climax of the movie. My guess is that the LEG will find the enemies' fatal flaw just at the crucial moment and execute their plan to save the world in the nick of time. This movie is also not yet rated which makes me a bit nervous. Are they still editing it at this late stage?

Finally, I have to mention that Sean Connery will be 73 in August. He's getting close to the age where I can't really accept him as a superhero.

Conclusion on Trailer: It's fun to watch, but I wish more was explained about the characters.

Conclusion on Movie: While Sean Connery is entertaining I just don't have a good feeling about this one.

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