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Just rented "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"...Pleasantly surprised!!

Old 03-09-04, 08:20 PM
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Just rented "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"...Pleasantly surprised!!

When I first saw the previews a while back (was not familliar with the graphic novel) I thought " Oh boy, here's another movie trying to ca$h in on the X-men thing... I'll pass".

And I was wrong. It was really cool to see some known figures from litterature teaming up (Quartermain, Dorian Gray, Nina, Dr Jeckyll) although I wasn't familiar with the invisible guy or the sheik pirate, he reminded me of the fork-throwing Hank Azaria in Mystery Men heh).

Cool concept, good action, overall a great popcorn movie.

My only gripe is with the ending,
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when the african shamans are singing and Quartermain's grave starts to rumble.... I can imagine him coming out zombie-like with a mouthfull of dirt and saying "I am back!!"


Do you guys think there will be a sequel?
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This should be in movie talk.
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Oops sorry my mistake, coz I rented the dvd heh.
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I agree, it was much better than the reviews that I read.
Old 03-09-04, 09:19 PM
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Re: Just rented "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"...Pleasantly surprised!!

Originally posted by Josh
When I first saw the previews a while back (was not familliar with the graphic novel) I thought " Oh boy, here's another movie trying to ca$h in on the X-men thing... I'll pass".

And I was wrong. It was really cool to see some known figures from litterature teaming up (Quartermain, Dorian Gray, Nina, Dr Jeckyll) although I wasn't familiar with the invisible guy or the sheik pirate, he reminded me of the fork-throwing Hank Azaria in Mystery Men heh).

Cool concept, good action, overall a great popcorn movie.

My only gripe is with the ending,
Spoiler:
when the african shamans are singing and Quartermain's grave starts to rumble.... I can imagine him coming out zombie-like with a mouthfull of dirt and saying "I am back!!"


Do you guys think there will be a sequel?
Sequel? I doubt it. This movie, while I wouldn't say it out right bombed, performed quite poorly comercially. It was a 100 plus mil movie, only grossing so much money.

Why is this movie so slagged upon? Well that's pretty simple...it's based on source material (graphic novel) that's just so much better than this film. While I admit the film was amusing, you can't honestly say the movie has good character development, and you definately can't say this film has its story as a strong point. To take good course material and end up with mindless guilty pleasure material will always be...disapointing to those original fans.

And you don't know who the invisible man is? Granted his name was changed for the film. But you don't know who Captain Nemo is? From 20,000 leagues under the sea? It's nemo man! They named a damn fish after him? Heh, anyway...
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I thought it was fun, thought the comic was better.
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I thought it nearly made my head explode through sheer stupidity and lack of any redeeming values whatsoever. The comics rule though, as does everything Alan Moore does.
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Putting aside the comic for a moment - the movie is a titanic piece of shit in it's own right. Tom Sawer - who has never even SEEN a car before - is a master race car driver? A sub the size of a battleship can sail the canals of Venice? Or that the Thames river is deep enough to allow that battleship sized sub to submerge? And what the hell was up with the domino effect in Venice, and the solution to stop said effect - completly ilogical.

And I wept when Captain Nemo started busting out the Kung Fu.
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They might make a sequel because the movie made a great deal of money internationally.
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If Alan Moore has any say about it, there probably won't be a sequel. He's very protective of his works, so I'm surprised that he signed a contract that gave the producers this much lattitude with his book.

I'll never understand why Hollywood execs are surprised when a movie bombs like LXG. They take a comic book, with a built-in fan base, and then proceed to change the story in a way that's guaranteed to alienate that fan base, thus destroying the main block they were depending on to buy tickets and tell people how good the film is.

And these Hollywood execs have the nerve to act surprised when the movie tanks, and they say the reason it tanked is because people don't want to see a comic book movie.

And to fryingpan1, do you have a link to how much the movie made overseas?

I don't think that what it made matters unless it brought in serious cash. Like cash proportionate to what LotR brought in internationally compared to the domestic take. It'd take that much success to hopefully overcome the legion of people that shelled out their money for the first turkey and will never come back.

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FWIW -- Rottentomatoes.com rates this one very low.
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Here are some LXG links that indicate a sequel could be on the way:

Total Gross: $66,465,204 + Overseas Gross: $112.8 million
http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/...ygentlemen.htm

LXG Sequel to Film in Australia?
http://www.countingdown.com/movies/5...tem_id=3247730


Mina Harker to Take Charge in LXG2?
http://www.countingdown.com/movies/5...tem_id=3135417
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i watched it over the weekend....quite enjoyed it
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The thing I least liked about the movie was the editing. I don't know if it was cut to be like the comic (I have never read the comic), but it was very anoying.
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the directory commentary said at the end of the movie that there be sequel coming.
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Re: Re: Just rented "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"...Pleasantly surprised!!

Originally posted by jaeufraser
Sequel? I doubt it. This movie, while I wouldn't say it out right bombed, performed quite poorly comercially. It was a 100 plus mil movie, only grossing so much money.

Dude, anything can happen...



I rest my case.
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I absolutely loved the film (and the DVD extras), but then I never read the comic book.
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I liked the movie. The only thing I really didn't like was the ugly CGI used for Hyde. I would have preferred a character that was sightly bigger, stronger, more primal looking than Jekel as opposed to a "Banner -> Hulk" change.

I would also had prefered a different "American" character instead of Tom Sawyer, I don't know who, I just didn't care for the relationship between Quartermain and Sawyer.
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In the comic, Hyde was massively huge compared to Jekyll, even moreso than the difference between Banner and the Hulk.

I didn't really like that in the comic either, but I just mean to point out that the movie mirrored the book in this case. Just sayin'.

Only possible alternate American character I can think of right now is Melville's Ishmael, or Poe's Inspector Dupin.

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it's an ok popcorn movie, nothing more.
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I was also pleasantly surprised with this. I just ordered the "Ultimate Edition" here in Japan and can hardly wait to enjoy it in DTS glory.
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Originally posted by cross
I liked the movie. The only thing I really didn't like was the ugly CGI used for Hyde. I would have preferred a character that was sightly bigger, stronger, more primal looking than Jekel as opposed to a "Banner -> Hulk" change.

Well maybe for that character they should've actually used CGI. While I admit it wasn't that good looking, you can blame prosthetics for that...CG was only used to scale the size of the character, otehrwise it was a big freakin suit.

Sorry to nitpick...I just see Hyde used a lot as a reason why people hate CGI...when he's not...CGI.
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Originally posted by Mutley Hyde
Only possible alternate American character I can think of right now is Melville's Ishmael, or Poe's Inspector Dupin.
What about H.P. Lovecraft's Herbert West...oh wait...
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I liked LXG a lot too. The reason there's bad reviews is when someone likes something, they like it and might tell some buddies about it, but when someone doesn't like something they gotta post all over the internet and spout self important drivel just begging for people to share their opinions and re-read their posts hourly just hoping for a conflicting viewpoint to flame someone about

I dunno how well a sequel will work, but I wouldn't mind seeing more of the vampire lady
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I loved the comic and I loved the movie for different reasons. I'm not even gonna qualify why (except to say that while I liked the Hulk, I loved the Hyde effect. Not the super Hyde one though).

I know they didn't go with the cavorite story from book one, but if they could get away with doing the martian invasion (rights and licensing I mean) I would be STOKED! Hell, they foreshadowed it in a pan scene ("lights on Mars may be volcanoes" poster)
They will have to replace Quatermain, though. Connery would never do another one of these.

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