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The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec is an old-school adventure yarn with a distaff European - and generally rather delightful - spin.
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It is a pleasure to look at, but the performances are heavy-handed rather than pleasantly stylised and the whimsy over-abundant.
Coasts in on a waft of burlesque acting and droll good humour, with each episode metaphorically framed by quotation marks.
It all plays on one note of droll flippancy, which, while pleasingly mordant, is all style and very little substance.
So good-natured that whether the audience are smiling delightedly or groaning inwardly, all will be enjoying its visual beauty and plucky spirit.
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.
Children will undoubtedly delight in this juvenile cartoonish caper.
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.
This is a thoroughly likeable romp, astutely grounded by its no-nonsense protagonist and a healthy line in gallows - or rather, guillotine - humour.
Not my taste at all, but okay for what it was. Far fetched French fantasy with plucky likeable heroine.
Uninspired, with odd attempts of humor and an unlikable heroine, this adventure wants to be a French Indiana Jones but fails on pretty much every level. Even for a film with fantastic elements, the plot holes are huge and the unlikeliness keeps adding up to a degree where this is merely a comedy. At least the special effects are somewhat decent, but when the entire cast of characters consists of idiots or arrogant pricks, there is little to hang on to. Disappointing.
In 1911, novelist and adventuress Adele Blanc-Sec seeks an ancient Egyptian cure to bring her twin sister out of her coma. Luc Besson's attempt to make an Indiana Jones-style blockbuster infused with French whimsy doesn't always click, but any movie that features both a pterodactyl and a mummy has something going for it.
Using Jacques Tardi's comic book series as his basis, Luc Besson conjures up The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec.
As seen in its title, the story that unfolds is quite extraordinary and bizarre, which is another way of saying that it is more wacky than it is a serious action adventure. Don't let that be a show-stopper because despite its frantic nature, this picture is an entertainer.
There is a heavy reliance on CG, especially in the latter portions of the film. The fantasy characters do play an integral piece in the story, along with their amusing personalities, and their appearances are passable.
The lovely Louise Bourgoin turns in a memorable performance with the frisky nature of her character, Adele, and her fine delivery of French dialogue. The rest of the supporting cast, although somewhat lost in the turmoil of things, also deliver acceptable supporting performances.
Coming in at 90+ minutes, along with a small segment during the closing credits, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec ends up as an outlandishly satisfying picture.
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