Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)
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Writer-director-producer Luc Besson's affinity for megabudgeted, FX-heavy adventure spectacles is well-known and publicized; with his outing The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec, he adds yet another chapter to this tradition. An adaptation of a popular French comic book from the 1970s, it stars Louise Bourgoin (The Girl from Monaco) as the redheaded title character, a wisecracking, hard-living adventurer-cum-novelist living in pre-WWI France. As the tale opens, Adele is on a mission
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It all plays on one note of droll flippancy, which, while pleasingly mordant, is all style and very little substance.
This is what comic-book movies look like when they're not blown up into $200 million monstrosities: friendly and eldritch and kinda cosy even in the middle of outrageous escapades.
The film lacks the more corrosive aspects of [Jacques] Tardi's work, but Besson replaces it with something that gives the story a larger shape and meaning.
Visually impressive old-school fun, anchored by a charmingly confident performance from Louise Bourgoin.
[Blu-ray Review] It's got first-rate, photorealistic CGI effects, fine period art direction and costumes, and features an irresistible lead performance.
A spirited, if chaotic, fantasy adventure that pilfers the best bits from Indiana Jones and gives them a distinctly Gallic flavour.
It is a pleasure to look at, but the performances are heavy-handed rather than pleasantly stylised and the whimsy over-abundant.
The plot, is frankly, completely barmy but it's directed with panache and energy by Luc Besson and is good fun for the most part.
Coasts in on a waft of burlesque acting and droll good humour, with each episode metaphorically framed by quotation marks.
This is a thoroughly likeable romp, astutely grounded by its no-nonsense protagonist and a healthy line in gallows - or rather, guillotine - humour.
A film that's never quite as witty or thrilling as you'd hope, yet marches defiantly to its own beat.
A manic mash-up of The Mummy, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Q - The Winged Serpent and Night At The Museum, where a pterodactyl chick meets retro chic - but somehow it all adds up to less than the sum of its parts.
Complete twaddle, trafficking heavily in bad CGI (dinosaurs, mummies) and prosthetics.
Luc Besson returns with this entertaining adventure-cum-fantasy, set in 1912, and adapted from Jacques Tardi's comic series.
Impressively directed and beautifully designed, this is a highly entertaining and frequently funny action-adventure romp with a witty script, great special effects and a terrific central performance from rising star Louise Bourgoin.
while there is absurdity aplenty on display here, the film also requires a very high tolerance for the broadest of humour and the slightest of whimsy.
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