Given a choice between 'The League' and 'Once Upon a Time in Mexico' (Sony; just out in French cinemas), the Kid preferred to see 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen'.
She was engrossed pretty much from start to finish, though this fell well short of her movies of the year.
Again, her dad was more disappointed.
If it weren't for Sean Connery, who must find it hard to be bad whatever he appears in, and some of the more adventurous special effects, this film would be right down at the "bof" end of my scale for making so little of a darned good idea.
Perhaps it lost something by no longer being on the really big screens when we caught up with it, but that shouldn't make too much of a difference.
For a movie whose whole point is a remarkable cast uniting some enduring characters of outstanding 19th-century literature, the plot — such as it is — could scarcely be more banal, the subtlety virtually non-existent, and several fictional models idiotically betrayed in gross errors of detail.
Should you have been on a desert island, Sean Connery plays Henry Rider Haggard's Allan Quatermain, a name the moviemakers managed to misspell at one point if my eyes didn't deceive me, in an example of petty sloppiness. He's the archetypal reluctant hero called on in 1899 by Her Majesty's government to serve queen and empire one more time, drawing five other Brits and a token American, Tom Sawyer, into a team to — one guess — save the world from a maniac inventor. This villain is determined to trigger an arms race and a world war, raking in the profits by selling his advanced weaponry to all sides.
Since, at 5 ½/10, the outcome rates for me in the "Diverting if you've nothing better to see" category, I won't head on into spoilers.
But if you've more than a passing acquaintance with the (relative) ambiguity of such fictional creations as Dorian Gray and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, you're likely to feel let down by their one-dimensional incarnations here.