I am a Tardi fan. The comics by his hand are unique. I read the books in Dutch. The translator also changed the names of the characters from French to Dutch. In order to help the reader to understand the meaning. F.i. Adele Blanc-Sec is changed to Isabelle Avondrood. No problem. I still reread them. But now the movie. It is well made and entertaining. That one expect from Luc Besson. But there are some flaws, that the reader notices at once. Like another critic already wrote: the story is a mix of two of the novels and some Egyptian story lines. The actress playing Adele is kind of Rachel Weisz in the Mummy or one of Indiana Jones' sidekicks. That is a pity. Because the real Adele is sarcastic, a little bohemian and not really pretty. She dresses almost shabby. The storyline in the books show a France that is not so nice as the movie makes us believe. The policemen are incompetent, have no trouble beating up prisoners, lunatic scientists roam the street or hang out in the catacom…
Well, I love Luc Bessons fantasies, and The Fifth element is one of my all time favorites. If you love that film, just run and see this one, and never mind what the high brow critics have to say. I have not read Tardi's novels, though I'd like to, but my French level is inadequate. Even though, I can not help feeling the spirit of the original was kept, though of course some plots were added. Being a Francophile certainly helps enjoying this romp, but surely is not necessary. I watched it with my 10 year old children and we enjoyed the film equally. The production values and costumes especially are gorgeous, and I just love that Besson sense of humor. Although sometimes a bit juvenile, or slapstic I'll take it any way it comes. I heard the movie did not do well at the box office in France and just can not understand why, I do hope it gets a wider worldwide release and certainly hope there is a sequel.
What a deeply peculiar movie. In concept, in story, in casting and execution, it is just odd. Even odder, I imagine, for me than for audiences who got to see it in the original French, since I saw dubbed into English — with Mandarin subtitles. So yeah. Peculiar.Our story centers around intrepid reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin), one of your Rachel-Weisz-in-THE MUMMY-type lady explorers from the very early 20th Century. She has a catatonic sister, a biting sense of humor and a bizarre agenda. There is also some grave robbing, a pterodactyl, blundering French bureaucrats, the least secure prison ever captured on film (seriously, and I thought the city of Townsville's jail was easy to escape) and necromancy. Of mummies.Adèle herself is a madwoman, charming in an arrogant, dismissive and eminently self-serving way. She is brave to the point of foolhardiness, and is very, very beautiful. But definitely mad. Anyone who could so cavalierly rob a Pharaoh's …
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