Guten Morgen, Leute! So, for today, I thought that I’d bring you a little movie review! I guess that my history with this movie starts circa 2012 when my uncle introduced it to me and I immediately fell in love with it. I suppose that it’s the sort of movie that you either love or hate. And well, I loved it—it was exactly the sort of thing that I typically enjoy. I mean, what’s not to love about what is essentially a superhero movie except all of the characters are from classical literature? I suppose that by now you either know precisely which movie I’m talking about or are left wondering “Well, what is it?” Well, that would be THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN (sometimes referred to as LXG). The cast is the following:
· Sean Connery as Allan Quatermain (from H. Rider Haggard’s novel King Solomon’s Mines)
· Naseeruddin Shah as Captain Nemo (from Jules Verne’s novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea)
· Peta Wilson as Mina Harker (from Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
· Tony Curran as Rodney Skinner/The Invisible Man (from H.G. Wells’s The Invisible Man)
· Stuart Townsend as Dorian Gray (from Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray)
· Shane West as Tom Sawyer (from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer)
· Jason Flemyng as Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr. Edward Hyde (from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde)
So, as you can see, we’ve got quite the cast of characters in this movie. In fact, some of my favorites appear in the movie such as Dorian Gray and Dr. Jekyll. I think that that was wherein the appeal originally was found when I first watched LXG. Before watching this movie, I would highly suggest having read at least one to two of the books from which some of these characters come as I think that that could definitely enhance a person’s experience with the movie. Watching this movie also got me interested in reading the other books which I hadn’t yet read at that point!
LXG is a movie adapted from a comic book series. I can’t say that I’ve ever read the comics—I haven’t—but I’ve heard that they’re quite good.
So, what’s LXG about? The best way I can think of to explain LXG is by saying this: LXG is very much like Marvel’s THE AVENGERS except it takes place somewhere around the Victorian era in England and stars classical literature characters. So if you like superhero-type movies and classics are your thing then I definitely think that you might enjoy LXG.
While THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN is not a completely perfect movie, in my opinion it gets pretty drop-dead close to being a flawless movie if you can put aside the fact that there are some plot holes. All-in-all, though, I really love this movie and I highly recommend it. It’s been one of my favorites for years now and everyone that I know who has watched it has liked it.
Have you ever watched THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN? If you have, what did you think of it? If not, do you think that it’ll be something you’re interested in?
Oh, and a bonus question: who’s your favorite classical literature character?
Vielen Dank und tschüss!