| I was wondering why you chose to post a review of this title, MH? Not that it's a bad thing, I liked the story myself...|
It's funny, I was flipping through channels and the movie version was on...synchronicity, haha. Anyway, watching the movie again and comparing it to the book made me think of an Objectivist spin (it is called "The League of EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMAN, after all)...
The movie version has the same characters, for the most part, as the comic...(it is neat to see all those characters from classic literature together in one story...) with an important addition: Tom Sawyer. While the other characters are European, Sawyer is American. In the movie, the story is set at the turn of the century, and revolves around a plot to start a world war. The European heroes band together to stop it, with mixed results, as each "hero" presents a tragic flaw. However, it is the addition of Tom Sawyer that makes the difference, with his youthful optimism and can-do attitude. At the end of the movie, the villain is defeated, and the crisis averted, but with the death of Alan Quatermain, who passes the torch to Sawyer, who represents the new century of American dominance.
The other heroes have also found redemption through Sawyer, with a desire to start anew, to see the new century without hiding, suggesting a vision of celebrating the heroic in a way not too incompatible with Objectivism. (I'll leave it to Marcus to find the flaws!).
It is interesting to note that the movie was done without the involvement of the comic's creator, Alan Moore, who is aware of Rand and not a fan. (He has called her fascist...) The movie is better for this, even if the comic is enjoyable in its own way.
(Edited by Joe Maurone on 2/05, 11:04pm)