|Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra|
Yeah whatever. It's all just an excuse for the filmmakers to engage in typical Asterix & Obelix wackiness--puns galore, pop culture references, movie spoofs, manic action and cheesy-yet-complex effects. And the pleasant surprise is that the film is actually hilarious good fun. Dialog is sharp and the characters are surprisingly clever, even though they look ridiculous. The production design is deliriously quirky--bright and tacky with cheap-looking costumes and sets, but a cast of literally thousands. Some of the bits don't work (a subplot involving pirates), while others are quite amusing (a zany musical dance number, a cutaway documentary about lobsters, a Bruce Lee/Crouching Tiger battle sequence). And the subtitles have both changed the names for maximum pun value and swapped the French cultural humour for American and British references instead. Although a Star Wars or Titanic gag works in any language. Extremely silly ... and a lot of fun.
dir-scr Alain Chabat|
with Christian Clavier, Gerard Depardieu, Monica Bellucci, Jamel Debbouze, Alain Chabat, Claude Rich, Gerard Darmon, Edouard Baer, Dieudonne, Noemie Lenoir, Bernard Farcy, Isabelle Nanty, Edouard Montoute
release UK 18.Oct.02
Not amused. Edifis (Debbouze) wonders if Asterix and Obelix (Clavier and Depardieu) ever take anything seriously.
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