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Saturday, March 19, 2011

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

I have just finished watching one of the best movies I've seen in a long time! Movie Boy actually made the recommendation to me, telling me that I would probably like it because of the literary references, however, he cautioned me to not get my hopes up too much, since he was afraid that it was cooler in theory than in action. Well, I'm happy to report that it was just as epic in actuality as it was in theory! I was so pumped the entire time I watched this movie! Normally, I'm not a fan of action films, but this was the perfect mix of action and literary references!

For those of you who are not familiar with the story, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a tale of epic proportions. When Europe is on the brink of a potential world war, a mysterious figure named "M" gathers together the ultimate team to save the world from destroying itself:

Allan Quartermain (Sean Connery)

Captain Nemo (Naseeruddin Shah)

Mina Harker (Peta Wilson)

Rodney Skinner, the Invisible Man (Tony Curran)

Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend)

Tom Sawyer (Shane West)

Dr. Henry Jekyll (Jason Flemyng)

This is a movie that you just have to see to believe! It was AMAZING! And actually, this has prompted a summer reading challenge for myself. I'm going to make it a point to read all of the books that inspired these characters:

  • Allan Quartermain: King Soloman's Mines (H. Rider Haggard)
  • Captain Nemo: Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea (Jules Verne)
  • Mina Harker: Dracula (Bram Stoker)
  • Rodney Skinner: The Invisible Man (H.G. Wells)
  • Dorian Gray: The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oscar Wilde)
  • Tom Sawyer: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Mark Twain)
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll: The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Robert Lewis Stevenson)

This summer, I hope to be able to give you all exciting reviews of these books :) I'll be a bit brief when it comes to Jekyll's book, however, since I just reviewed it last summer. (I'm sure many of you remember my crazy "Jekyll and Hyde phase". Still, look forward to seeing reviews about all of these! It's going to be great :)

On a side note, I would like to make one small complaint about the film. I felt the tiniest bit annoyed that the writers took obvious creative liberties with several of the characters. The most notable for me, (with what I have read), would be Mina's vampirism (a fate which she is spared in Dracula), Dorian (no more information to be given...don't want to include spoilers here), and the appearance of Edward Hyde. Strange as it may seem, Hyde is actually supposed to be smaller than Jekyll, not the hulking brute that he is in the film. This is not to say that I'm complaining....I agree that the changes work well for the film, however, the stubborn English major within me protests that this is not how it was supposed to be.


  1. The boy in me would have liked it even if I had not read the books however knowing these characters beforehand doubled the pleasure. It has been many years since I read the books but these heroes marched on screen like old friends.

  2. Beautifully put, Old Fool! I hope one day that I can feel the same way you do about these characters. :)

  3. I shied away from the film, because I read mixed to negative reviews on it, but if you liked it, then I probably will!!! Yay!

    Maybe you and I can read those books this summer, our own Lit Chick Book Club. Haha!

  4. A Lit Chick Book Club sounds like an amazing idea!!! I'd totally love to do that!

  5. You've peaked my curiosity about this film. I always stayed away from it for the same reasons as Chessie. I heard that most people hated the film because they exaggerated and changed so many of the literary characters they used. I also heard that the plot was pretty terrible. Perhaps I too will check it out.


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