This film is about a librarian. He's a kind of a superhero. Enough said!
While pandering to the idea that librarians are passive, shy, and antisocial, the three The Librarian films also play with positive views of the library and librarian. The librarian as quick-witted brainbox and guardian of wisdom; the library as storehouse of myth.
The library of Alexandria once held the Spear of Destiny, the implement that pierced the side of Christ on the cross. It is now guarded by the Metropolitan Public Library, fixing the institution's allegiance to Judeo-Christian culture, but also to the Roman Empire, in whose service the spear was made. The spear has passed through the hands of a roll-call of ambiguous European rulers (Charlemagne, Napoleon, though much less ambiguously, Hitler). Now missing, it must be rescued from South America, and finally the Himalayas, by a librarian with a recent doctorate in Egyptology. Old World, New World, the Oriental Other, good and evil – the library binds them all together. It is the timeless world institution par excellence.
|Just another day at the library|
He has four colleagues. His bodyguard/assistant Nicole Noone, a charmingly misanthropic, machete-wielding adventuress, whose face, we are told, is a perfect expression of the golden mean (though she is no ordinary Hollywood beauty). Library administrator Charlene, with her power-suit, her ballroom office, her firmness and efficiency… her three cats. Judson, himself The Librarian in the distant past, world-weary and innocuous, but also a seventy-something judo-master and ex-Marine. And the film’s baddie, played by a wooden Kyle MacLachan, Flynn’s predecessor as The Librarian, who now wants to rule the world. The film makes librarians the objects of fun, but what fun this cast of librarians is.
|'Sixteen years of College, all those fancy degrees... |
what are you doing?' -- 'Librarian' -- 'Librarian?!?'
Director: Peter Winther
Written by: David Titcher
Cinematography: Ron Rosen
Editing: Alan Caso
Original music: Joseph LoDuca
Cast includes: Noah Wyle, Sonya Wagner, Kyle MacLachlan, Kelly Hu, David Dayan Fisher, Jane Curtin, Olympia Dukakis