The well-known little village from the Asterix and Obelix-comic books is in trouble: It is the last place not controlled by Rome. When Tax collector Claudius Incorruptus does not get his ... See full summary »
When his new father-in-law, King Harold falls ill, Shrek is looked at as the heir to the land of Far, Far Away. Not one to give up his beloved swamp, Shrek recruits his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to install the rebellious Artie as the new king. Princess Fiona, however, rallies a band of royal girlfriends to fend off a coup d'etat by the jilted Prince Charming.
Even if you've never finished any Asterix book you'll enjoy this movie if you see it through a child's eye. Delon steals the movie. His first monologue could be used in a psychology textbook for "narcissism", and knowing him, it's very funny that he took this role. It's like he can laugh at himself, which is a trait that few actors possess. The mention to his film "Rocco e i suoi fratelli" is funny too for those who enjoy his many good films. Benoît Poelvoorde is really great as a despicable anti hero, very well described by César in the beginning: "Egypt had the 7 plagues, César had Brutus". The romantic couple is likable. The beau who's not as bright with words as we think (the homage to Cyrano is a feast) is fine but I guess it proves what counts and what not for picking up women :). Vanessa Hessler is stunningly beautiful, yes, but OK as an actress and rather sympa. Not bad for a model turned actress/ who turned to acting. I'd rather have her on a movie than, say, Angelina Jolie, who's more artificial and whose lips at least reek of Botox. V seems to be a natural beauty, rare in these days. Yes, the "hairstyle with wheels" only looks well on a beautiful woman. I just can't imagine how ridiculous would on an otherwise nice chick What can be said about Dépardieu? The scene in which he dictates the lines for his dog to pick the female dog were terribly funny, he doesn't fear ridicule for getting a child (or us) laugh. Congratulations for old Obelix, he will never loose that "inner child" in us! Clovis Cornillac is fine as Asterix. He doesn't get much screen time, but he's resourceful and doesn't want to intrude on the story. I'm glad to see him after his untimely exit from the TV series "Central Nuit", in which he played a pivotal role. Jean-Pierre Cassel as Panoramix was fine, causing one of the best lines: "druid abduction, what has the world become?" The music is fine. If you're moderately into ancient history, there are many funny parts. The different tribes at the chariot's race are worth the price of admission! The very specific "reasons for disqualification" there was my favourite gag. I didn't get much of the sense of "Troubadix", thou that's probably me. I did find funny a very minor character, the Roman athlete. At least, he had the "physique du role", huge, blindly loyal and brutish looking. Obviously had the Romans been half as thick they wouldn't have conquered an Empire, but as a caricature it's funny indeed. I think Irina's father, calculating but not entirely bad dad was a decent villain, thou I suppose his gayness would offend some, for different reasons. The big brute "Humungus" was OK, specially aided by the growl if you are lucky to watch this film in a theatre. Same goes for the Olympics, like javelin, disc, rock and whatever throwing. With a proper surround sound, the Roman stadium is quite immersing for being FX. The takes of César with the sun on his back to highlight his "royalness" were well crafted and got to the point. The cameos in the end were funny, starting from Schummy "forever the best!", (at the chariots), A. Karembeau 's boobs scene. Zinedine Zidane is fun, Sklenarikova is OK. Maybe had the last "party" scene never been shot, we wouldn't have missed it (too "American wannabe"), but I guess it didn't spoil an overall funny and very well made film.
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