This is a wonderful live-action version of the comic-book. The budget is certainly up to the task, with great effects that really do it justice. The humour includes some more modern pop-culture references that weren't in the original, but they certainly don't detract from it. All in all, a very satisfactory effort.
Someone steals the US Witness Protection files from Robert Patrick ( T2 ) and Bruce Willis ( Fifth Element ). The Angels are hired by US Government Agent Robert Forster (Jackie Brown) to retrieve the files - which are digitally encoded on magical rings ...
When the protagonists are super-powerful and unkillable, it's hard to empathise with them. However it turns out that one of the villains is O'Grady (Justin Theroux Your Highness ), an Irish-American thug with a wandering accent - and the ex-BF of one of the Angels! The Creepy Thin Man (Crispin Glover - Back To The Future ) makes a re-appearance. And Demi Moore plays a former Angel ...
The Clerks, Randal and Dante, are now working in a burger bar. Apart from that, everything else is pretty much the same. Rosario Dawson [probably the most expensive thing in the film] is their boss, with whom Dante has developed a special friendship.
Unfortunately, Dante is just about to marry someone else and move to Florida. The cosy world they live in is about to be torn apart by this move. Randal books his pal a special show as a going-away present. Predictably, things spiral out of control.
This is a great film - the comedy is hilarious, the cameos are well-placed [Jason Lee takes his 4th role!], and there's genuine pathos for the characters.
This film owes more than a little to the band's music video for their song Tribute To The Best Song in The World. In fact, in that respect the climax is actually a bit disappointing. Jack Black played a similar character in the film School of Rock, which actually turned out to be a better film than this.
Stephen Norrington directed this, based on the Graphic Novels written by Alan Moore. As with all other adaptions of that author's work, Mr Moore disowned it.
The film starts with gun-toting cowboy-impersonator Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman - X-Men ) confronting the Hunchback of Notre Dame. It turns out that Mr Hyde (AKA Dr Jekyll) has started a murderous rampage in Paris - just like he did in League of Extraordinary Gentlemen . Yes, that is the kind of film this tries to be, though LXG is the superior. And that is a terrible thing to say about any film, considering how LXG has been slammed by fans and critics alike.
VH is a hitman for the Catholic Church, hunting down monsters - probably a code-word for Jews, heretics and people who eat meat on a Friday. He goes to Transylvania and teams up with sexy gypsy princess Kate Beckinsale , best known as a sexy vamp in Underworld . Together they take on the biggest characters from the black-and-white monster movies - Dracula and the wolf-man!
Stoker's rather thick book has been compressed into ninety minutes, and as a result many things have been lost. The character of Renfield has been done away with. Instead, a couple of Satanists hire Van Helsing (David Suchet) to visit Transylvania. Later, the Lord of Yorkshire hires them to import Drac to cure his inherited syphilis!!!
Villainous MegaCorp boss James Coburn has developed a system of subliminal advertising for brainwashing people. This has a practical application - a gun that makes people black out for a few moments. The hypnotism/invisibility/time-freeze thing leads to some rather surreal scenes ...