Mythical creatures from the world of books have to band together to defeat the world’s most diabolical criminal. Alan Quatermain, Dorien Gray, Mena Harker, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Tom Sawyer and The Invisible Man are called together by the mysterious “M” to stop a bomb in Venice. As they work together, they start to realize that things aren’t what they seem, and that they will need to stick together like nothing else.
This movie is set in 1900, which is a weird time for all the really cool stuff going on in this movie. Despite the coolness of the characters themselves, Captain Nemo’s ship is SUPER AWESOME. If you look close enough, it actually looks like a whale. It took me several times of seeing this movie before I realized it. You should have heard my squeal when I saw it!
Probably my favorite character is Dorian Gray. I read the book several years ago, and I’m thrilled with how they portrayed him in the movie. I remember his being fairly egotistical, so his being a “Dandy” in the movie, and giving the vibe that he’s better than everyone fits with what I remember from the book. I mean, he had a painting made of himself that aged so he wouldn’t! Who does that?
Dorian Gray is played by the wonderful Stuart Townsend, which you might remember as Lestat from Queen of the Damned. That is probably the only movie from an Anne Rice book that I’ll admit to enjoying, and Stuart Townsend is the reason why. He’s an extremely versatile actor. In the clip below, you’ll get an idea of what I mean.
I don’t remember this movie getting very good reviews, but it has always been a favorite of mine. All the different bookish characters in one movie is just very cool. I think the only thing that could have made it cooler is if Sherlock Holmes was part of the team. The movie probably wouldn’t have been a full 2 hours, though, because our beloved Sherlock (played by Benedict Cumberbatch, of course) would have figured out what was going on in the first 15 minutes!
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Until next time, bookworms!