The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec
- Director:Luc Besson
- Cast:Mathieu Amalric, Louise Bourgoin, Gilles Lellouche
- Release Date:November 27, 2011
- Distributor:Gold Coast Film Festival (www.gcfilmfestival.com)
- Running time:107 minutes
- Film Worth:$15.00
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It’s let down with its wavering tone, but for audiences willing to suspend their disbelief, this is a hugely enjoyable cinematic escapade.
Based on the French historical-fantasy comic series by Jacques Tardi, the film adaptation of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is a highly enjoyable farcical romp, reminiscent of the great adventure films of Hollywood's golden age.
When her sister becomes gravely ill, the stunningly beautiful novelist and all-round thrill seeker, Adele Blanc-Sec (Louise Bourgoin), must employ all of her smarts and ingenuity in order to bring back to life a four thousand year old Mummy, once physician to a great Egyptian Pharaoh. In an adventure that spans from the decrepit tombs of the pyramids to the bustling streets of Paris in the early 1900s, Blanc-sec must face up against a series of seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including insidious villains, love sick suitors, incompetent police and even a deranged pterodactyl in order to accomplish her mission.
Director Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) delivers a film that is a feast for the eyes, impeccably transferring the look and flavour of the comic series onto the screen. Adele's rich and colourful world is portrayed with astonishing detail, with everything from the lavish costumes to the eye-popping set pieces only adding to the visual spectacle.
Actress Louise Bourgoin is a revelation in her role as courageous heroine Blanc-Sec. In a star making turn, Bourgoin is showcased as the type of rarity who manages to permeate strength and intelligence in addition to possessing devastating good looks. Blanc-Sec herself also makes a highly refreshing female character; fiercely independent and heroic, the intrepid novelist relies on her wits rather than her sexuality to come out on top.
But the film falters in its tone, with Besson appearing somewhat confused about his intended audience. Coming across as too sophisticated for children and yet possessing a decided juvenility which would prohibit mainstream adult appeal, enjoyment requires a large suspension of disbelief and is certainly not for those with more refined tastes.