Arthur and the Invisibles (Arthur and the Minimoys) Reviews
Based on Besson?s children?s book ?Arthur et les Minimoys,? this PG-rated story follows a ten year boy (Highmore) who, in an effort to secure a treasure that will save his grandmother?s (Marrow) house from being demolished, ventures to a world where the inhabitants are a tenth of an inch high.
Though not wholly original (think The Secret of Nimh meets TV?s The Littles), Besson?s Minimoy world is buoyed by the writer/director?s laudable infusion of his signature smart-alecky humor. Better yet, the winning characters responsible for voicing these gems are piped by celebrities who-although overly marketable (Madonna, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie)-perfectly fade into the beautifully-animated elfin landscape. This goes doubly so for Highmore, who does awesome turns in both live action and cartoon form. Besson, however, overworked himself. There is simply too much exposition and backstory to effectively accommodate the running time. What should be a breezy thrill-ride turns into a frenzied rush to cram it all in, causing a number of the film?s seminal moments to become anti-climatic.
Bottom line: Better off invisible.
Either way, this one's for kids-- and it's not insulting to them, nor to you. You will probably be just a wee bit bored.