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Parents' Guide to

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

By Nell Minow, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Enough deaths here for a more restrictive rating.

Movie PG-13 2003 110 minutes
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Based on 3 parent reviews

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hulk too angry for younger kids

the violence is ok for todays de-senceitised kids. But the Hulk character was too much (scary and violent emotions) for my 8 year old.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
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This film takes the graphic novel as a start, drains it of its quirky, prim Victorian tone, turns the characters more Hollywood, and leaves the audience on their own to find something to like. Director Stephen Norrington, best known for his vampire movie Blade, and writer James Dale Robinson throw in unnecessary tweaks and additions. The dark ambiance and low-lit sets rob the colorful comic book settings of everything but their two-dimensionality, and multi-layered action style--splicing scenes into a visual barrage of images—turn fight scenes with many protagonists into an unimpressive jumble. Pat little biographical descriptions clog the flow of the story and talk down to the audience. All of these additions leave a potentially extraordinary film drowned in a cloying soup of mediocrity.

On the bright side, the movie has potential and originality, with familiar legends placed together in an interesting situation. The rich, imaginative fantasy that the idea of this movie represents is ambitious and intriguing. It is a pity that the story does not realize even a fair share of what it could be, but it is entertaining and each of the characters deserves a second look, which is an extraordinary quality for any action movie.

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