Tuesday, July 15, 2003

  • THE THING: This movie: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
              is way too strong a word for
                  this very bland film.
    I have to admit, this was one of my Summer Wanna-Sees... From the first 30 second preview I saw -- right through the longer ones -- this looked to be a fun ride. If the preview was that easy to enjoy, I could only imagine a film to match.

    About 1/2 way through, I was sitting, staring at the screen thinking, "I wouldn't care if this ended right here, right now. I don't care if they all die. I really don't care if they fail or succeed." I don't think that those thoughts have crossed my mind ever before.

    I don't want that to indicate that this is the worst film I have ever seen! There were some epic scenes and giant-scale props. But somehow they weren't impressive -- there was no sense of awe. I was just thinking, "Oh, c'mon, now, that's just silly."

    There were a couple twists to the plot, but instead of saying, "WOW!" I just thought, "Oh. Hm. Lookitthat."

    I was actually quite incredulous... I was so terribly hooked by the trailers, and then was totally let down by the film.

    Possibly my entry expectations were a tad too high. If I wasn't expecting a fun, engaging, thriller, I may have appreciated it more.

The Final Score on the Chris Worth Scale: $1.99. Wait for a rental. On the discount rack. When the video store has burned down, and only The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Bio-Dome, The Land Before Time 8, and Series One of Felicity on DVD with Special Features survive the blaze. Maybe that's a smidge too harsh...