Posted by: greercn | August 23, 2016

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods

Asterix and Obelix are adored by French children and adults alike. The comics feature the wonderful inhabitants of a small village in Gaul which resists the Roman Empire, thanks to a druid’s magic strength potion.

When I saw this in French, I was impressed by the comic dialogue, hilarious names and sly digs at modern life in France.

The new English-language version of the film works surprisingly well. I watched it with a mixed audience of people who had never heard of Asterix and those who knew every detail. We all thoroughly enjoyed it.

If you’re used to highly-sophisticated animation, this will seem to hark back to a simpler age, but that’s not a bad thing.

Everyone at the Stratford East Picturehouse, adults and child alike, laughed until it hurt.

There are clever comments on strikes, shopping and house construction. I noticed a few things in the plot that had been added from the original story and some that were missing, but the 85 minutes went by very quickly and it was entertaining to watch.

It’s lovely to see Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s comic heroes still providing a lot of fun, all these years after their invention.

It might be aimed at the kiddies, but there is plenty here for adults, too.


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