the extraordinary adventures of adèle blanc-sec – france (2010)
I saw a trailer for this film when I watched Potiche recently – and was surprised that I had never heard of it before. It’s a Luc Besson film after all! So I immediately put it to the top of my Blockbuster list!
Set in 1912 Paris, we first join Professor Espérandieu as purely by the power of his mind, he hatches a pterodactyl from the egg held in a museum there. However, this is just a test-run for him – the real project is to help Adèle Blanc-Sec in her quest to cure her sister.
We then meet Adèle in a tomb in Cairo where she is looking for the mummified remains of a Pharoah’s doctor to bring back to Paris.
We watched this as a family, and we all really enjoyed it. It’s a proper family ‘caper’ – but especially great for girls to watch as Adèle is a brilliant feisty, confident role-model type. Think something of a cross between The Mummy and Night at The Museum.
It’s very Luc Besson, very stylised, with some gorgeous scenery – and it is incredibly funny. The mummies are hilarious
I think it’s based on some French comics, and you could see that in soe of the scenes. There is a lot of CGI, and it’s a little hit and miss – some of it is done very well, but some is a rather less impressive.
Louise Bourgoin who plays Adèle is fantastic – beautiful, expressive and totally believable. The Girl just wanted to be her!
I am really surprised that this has only got 6.1 on IMDB. I think it deserves far higher. I know it’s not Oscar material, but it’s extremely entertaining, totally harmless and very fun.
My rating – 8/10