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Obelix falls for a new arrival in his home village in Gaul, but is heartbroken when her true love arrives to visit her. However, the lovers are kidnapped by Romans; Asterix and Obelix set out to rescue them on a dangerous journey that will involve gladiators, slavers and beauracracy - and a personal encounter with the Emperor himself, Julius Caesar... Written by
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The fat centurion who's camp the Gauls attack is a caricature of Pierre Tchernia, the writer of the movie. The same caricature of him appears in several Asterix books as he was a good friend of Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo, the Asterix creators. See more »
Mix of more than one book = loss of source material = disappointment despite some good moments
Obelix develops a crush on a local girl only to find that she has a boyfriend already. When both the girl and her partner are captured by Romans and taken to the legion outpost, Asterix and Obelix set out to free them no matter what it takes. Their quest takes them into the Roman Army, across deserts, into Gladiator school and up against Julius Caesar himself.
Where most of the Asterix films are iffy, those that stay close to the books can't really go wrong. Most do and are OK but some don't and suffer from it. This is a mix of at least two books Asterix the Legionnaire and Asterix v;s Caesar and hence it isn't as good as either book as it has some new material. However it's not terrible and much of the wit of the original(s) comes through.
The animation is also better and has depth and shadow in it, although at times the colours leave much to be desired. Even the character voices are better than usual although Obelix still gets done as a childish buffoon! This is a minor complaint however and the majority of it is good.
Overall, it's not terrible but the mix of stories and the wandering away from source will annoy many fans. Oh and it opens and closes with the cheesyiest Euro-pop ever .nasty!
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