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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful:
Nice movie, 20 April 2011
Author: Daniel Peixoto from Portugal
Loved the first one but I think this is somewhat weaker movie. Great Computer graphics Image, very nice directing, loved the looks of the movie, very pleasant to the eyes but the story isn't as appealing as the first one. Maybe that is a problem common to all trilogies, being the second one the least appealing of all. I have seen the first in French version, this one I watched in English, loved both versions but I think the English one is slightly better because as the actors are speaking in their natural language things seem more natural when in real life scenes It is a very nice movie to show to our kids and can be used as a nice entry level movie for European Cinema, for preteen kids. It keeps that good French tradition of great care with image and details. all looks so wonderful! Still it is good fun and in the end it seems to open the door for an absolutely fantastic 3rd one! Hope my expectations come true.
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Didn't see the first movie, but I'm not very much inclined to go see it
now. My 11-year old was very disappointed with the way the story
abruptly ends with a 'to be continued' and I could only agree with her.
Although all the elements for an exciting adventure are there, somehow it isn't put together very well. There are too many details that have not been worked out well, specifically with a lot of the characters. The villain from the title doesn't appear until the last quarter of the movie, and just when you think the story is finally going to unravel, it's finished! Open endings can be interesting, but I wouldn't call this an open ending. The boy is still not back, his (grand)parents are still searching, the central matter that most of the movie evolves around has not been solved in any way and even in the end I had no clue to what the revenge of Malthazar was going to be. Being big and in the real world couldn't be all of it, could it?
To me it seemed like only half a movie, or the first part of a miniseries on TV. Outrageous that I was nowhere warned for this!
Not Bad, But it's Really Just Exposition for the Third Movie, 28 April 2013
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I loved the first two books in Luc Besson's 'Arthur and the Minimoys' series, and I felt the American version of the movie was fine, if lacking in some crucial scenes. Sadly, the last two books in the series have never been released in the U.S., so I never actually got to find out what happened in them. However, I bought the DVD just to see if they were any good in film form. Sadly, the second film does not hold up. While the first film was far from flawless, it did feel like a self-contained story. Here, however, you can tell that events have just been strung along with little consequence just to fill time and make room for the third movie. For example, it's established that after Maltazard fled at the end of the first movie, someone else took his thrown, isolated his kingdom, and sent their own soldiers out to get in Arthur's way. Who is this person? What are his goals? I have no idea. We never find out in either of the sequels. The only reason this is brought up is so that random henchmen can chase Arthur for a little while. Not to mention that Arthur's search for Selenia and the bearer of the message gets tiresome quickly. It's all basically filler until the end when Maltazard FINALLY shows up (with a completely new voice who sounds nothing like David Bowie, I might add), to reveal that he plans to trap Arthur in the Minimoy world while he becomes human size. One thing I can't help but find ridiculous is the fact that while the shrinking/growing process on human characters changes them back and forth between Minimoy and human, if it's a Minimoy character, they still look the same when they get bigger. So really, all they did was take the threat from the first movie, and apply it to the regular world. It still doesn't change very much. This movie just felt unnecessary, and if you skip to the third, you won't miss much.
3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
It's a fun movie(if you watch in french dub audio), 11 January 2011
Author: fichindarktower from Serbia
Really enjoyed the first one(the french dubbed one, with all the scenes intact) and enjoyed the second one as well. Fun movie, funny humor(it's not tenacious d funny, I mean come on It's a still a kids movie). Watch in french with English subbs, sounds better and makes a whole lot of sense cause the animated segments are made by french people(They recorded it in the suits, with all their gestures and stuff, and were originally made in french, and you can notice this(in all of the movies) cause they speak really fast, and if you watched french movies ever in your life, you'd know they have a fast tempo. Fun, enjoyable and easy to watch movie, i recommend it to kids as well as older people Enjoy :)
7 out of 15 people found the following review useful:
Absolutely atrocious, 24 February 2011
Author: collipal-1 from Argentina
The bad omens start even before the beginning of the movie: the
original title Arthur et la Vengeance de Maltazard assumes that we know
or we are interested in who the mentioned Maltazard is. I guess that he
was the villain in the original Arthur et les Minimoys, a movie I did
not like and which I immediately erased from my memory. The only thing
I remember about that film is my huge disappointment of thinking that
that would be "director Luc Besson's last film", who obviously went out
of retirement in order to keep torturing to those of us who once
enjoyed films like La Femme Nikita and The Professional, which (in my
humble opinion) changed the face and the popular perception of French
Arthur et la Vengeance de Maltazard is a genuinely atrocious and execrable film. The animation is very badly done, and the design of the characters is disgusting and unoriginal. But the biggest problem from this film is the disastrous screenplay, full of dull dialogs, weak action routines and antipathetic comedy. Worse yet, the abrupt ending is to be continued, in order to get solved in the third movie from this franchise. That feels like an authentic slap in the spectator's face, specially after the film makes us to loose a lot of the time with irrelevant scenes. What was the purpose of all that filler? Wouldn't have it been better to cut it in order to tell all the story into one movie? Well, I guess the answer to that questions is simply due to marketing reasons.
In summary, Arthur et la Vengeance de Maltazard is an incredibly vomiting and pathetic movie, which belongs to the collection of indulgent whims created to please the sons of famous directors. Or at least, I think that is the explanation why pieces of crap like Hook (from Steven Spielberg), The Adventures of Sharkbboy and Lavagirl 3-D (from Robert Rodriguez), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (from Ron Howard) and more recently Arthur et la Vengeance de Maltazard were made. Messrs. directors: next time, it would be better if you bought a bike, an iPad, or a private jet to your sons, and avoid us the torture of watching your "family projects" if you do not know how to make them.
16 out of 33 people found the following review useful:
An ideal film? No., 24 December 2009
Author: Eli Dirkx from Belgium
While the original film wasn't exactly a masterpiece either, this one digs lower. And I can't say it's an improvement. The music is corny. The titular villain only appears pretty late in the film. The characters are sideshows, most of them. I really can't say I liked very much about this film at all. Then again, perhaps it IS a plague when considering they decided to make a book into a 90-minute film, but I don't know. This whole film, to me, felt like an unnecessary sideshow, and the ending doesn't help it at all. Maybe a rental when it's available, but otherwise don't bother. This was a bigger disappointment than Terminator: Salvation even if watched with lower expectations.
3 out of 17 people found the following review useful:
Movie was not suitable for my daughters, 18 January 2010
Author: Mustafa Abusalah from Greece
I took my daughters to the cinema and was very disappointed with this disgusting movie. I t was a waste of time and money. I don't advise anyone to waste his time and money to go and watch such movie. There is no story for the movie the mix of the animation and real people was not good. the characters they used in the animation are very ugly. Very cheap movie. All events are not connected, my kids fear the movie and did not enjoy it. For future work please consider that who are watching the movie are humans, the production is very cheap I bit the cost of production was too low. This movie is not suitable nor for kids neither for adults.
13 out of 39 people found the following review useful:
Excellent Entertainment and as Good as the First., 8 March 2010
Author: Apathy772 from United States
This is a 2 part movie. The first part was released in Dec of 09 and the second part was released in Feb 2010. If you don't like the ending watch the second part which unlike Harry Potter took only 3 months to be released. Also just so you know there are maybe 3 scenes uptight parents will not like. There are hundreds of scenes in Shrek I would not let my child see. Movie was great and WOW entertaining if you watch both parts of the movie as a whole. Cannot believe this movie was made in France did you see the A star list of cast in the Original. Madonna, Robert Dinero, Mia Farrow, Snoop Dogg, Jimmy Fallon and Freddie Highmore is amazing. This film neither looks or feels the part of any B movie or any Indie Film. The effects for the budget were Awesome. I cannot believe it's getting such horrible reviews. Some of you need to re-watch the crap Disney and Pixar are putting out and the subliminal messages they pursue. Anyways I hope this review at least makes you look at it. Watch the first movie if you haven't seen it then watch the second and third sequentially or else you will be mad at the seconds ending.
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