Adapted from the popular graphic novel, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN puts together an elite group of literary heroes (including Dorian Gray, Mina Harker, Captain Nemo, and others) that are summoned in order to prevent a world conflict brought on by a powerful new super-villain! Conceptually, the premise boasts an incredible idea and an excellent set of characters, but Stephen Norrington's realization of the plot fails to deliver on the comic's potential. It relies heavily on the assumption that the audience is familiar with the classical literature from which the characters are assembled, without ever providing the back stories or even suitable introductions for any of the heroes. Where THE LEAGUE suffers even greater is in its tedious pacing and senseless lack of direction can't be masked by the over-budgeted action sequences and Special FX. How a film could manage to throw away such an interesting collection of characters seems unfortunate, but THE LEAGUE is anything but extraordinary.
If you liked THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, check out:
HELLBOY, WATCHMEN, VAN HELSING.