Tonight, I laid low, took a break from all of this week's hecticness. I cleaned my place, washed some clothes, and decided to sit back, relax and watch a movie. Since I use Netflix and have a DVR, I usually have a plethora of movies to choose from. I wasn't in a serious mood, so that ruled out "Philadelphia," and I wasn't in a playful mood, so that ruled out "The Rundown." No, on this particular night, I was in a "awful movie" mood.
Only one movie that I had on hand fit that bill, "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen," starring Sean Connery. This was yet another comic book turned movie, unfortunately, it doesn't do "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" justice. In fact, this film elevates almost every other comic book to a much higher level.
I remember seeing the trailers for this film, and I wasn't impressed. I should've stuck with my original impression, because the full length movie wasn't much better than the trailer.
ILM should be embarrassed that they did the effects for this movie. In fact, they should be double-embarrassed since they did the effects for "Van Helsing," too. You know, ILM has just grossed me out with their quality of effects (see "The Mummy," "The Mummy Returns," and "The Scorpion King"). What happened to ILM? They were sooooo good at one point in time (see "The Abyss," "Terminator 2," and all of the "Star Wars" movies [minus most of the new ones and the Special Editions]). I think ever since Pixar broke off and did their own thing, the quality of work for the money they're paid to do it, just doesn't match up. They need a kick in the booty. Just look at the list of movies they've done and think to yourselves, which ones had good effects.
Anyway, the movie itself, if asked to describe it in one word, the word would be "wtf." First off, this is a comic book movie, so you just have to go with the flow. But c'mon... when you can see what the invisible man drinks, but can't see his blood, urnie or poo-poo, then something is wrong. When the dude who can't die gets shot 50 times and heals, and so do his clothes that were a) shot 50 times as well, and, b) his shirt torn off, then something is wrong. And when the vampire girl can walk around in the sunlight without harm, then you KNOW something is wrong.
I don't even want to get started on the story itself, it was just as silly. So, in conclusion, "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen" sucked. Go rent it, and laugh.
+ original post date: August 18, 2004 11:19 PM
+ categories: Movies