The special visual effects are first class. The English translation, on the other hand, is awful. And they would build something on that. But then the cartoons came along and I hated everything about them. Besides, the film couldn't be worse than the previous, well, Tirard not only made a more watchable film, but a more rewatchable one too.
The screenplay by Astier is based on the comic book characters created by and. Terry Jones has happily continued this tradition, although it's a shame that he didn't do more, as it seems to me that movie script rather emphasised silly japes and slapstick over the wonderful wit of the comic books. Many tried and failed see Lucky Luke, Spawn, etc. Story was as well very interesting. Clavier's Asterix has been panned by some but I thought he was witty, and he bears an almost eerie resemblance to the comic book character in some shots. It's curious when you say it, but the character is far too clever.
There are some changes that where just distracting for Asterix fans Asterix and Anticlimax aren't related anymore, the Look-out pirate is now white not Afro-American like in the books, Anticlimax is turn into a real jerk an Getafix the druid doesn't' appear which is supper odd and some scenes taken from the book felt glance over so director could play with his own ideas which are sadly hit or miss. The main story, however, was very good. The plot is made up of several strands from different Asterix story lines, but holds together very well. The film appeal like to Asterix and Obelix fans , it's a funny entertaining for kids and grown-ups and nostalgics In an era where we've been indundated with comic book-based movies, those Guallic warriors Asterix and Obelix have flown under the rader. First, the special effects, in this day and age, could have been a lot better. Nonetheless, he is consistent in this. Moreover, the characters' characteristics have been changed so that they barely resemble their comic book counterparts.
Fabrice Luchini is Julius Caesar. And like Asterix, they talk a lot and don't laugh enough. The sets are nice, the costumes good, and some big name actors appear. It reminds me a little bit of the Flinstone movie : better in cartoons or comic strips but not so bad at all. Every character is very detailed that they take a place in your heart, even a thief who comes only in two small scenes.
The rest of the cast constantly invites us to a 'spot that star' game, from Michel Galabru to the then international star Roberto Benigni. It doesn't follow any story-line from any of the comics. The fourth film adaptation of the famous Asterix comic books is the best one so far. I'm British, and I absolutely loved all the jokes about my home country, including the music, which is sometimes authentic and sometimes a sort of satire on British patriotic tunes. The only bit of fantasy the comic-book ever allowed itself was the magic-potion.
The concept behind the character is simple. Also the authors had so much talent and such a huge cultural background, comparing their work to this movie make it look like it was written by a bunch of drunk teenagers. Aiding Asterix in his quest is the druid Getafix, who brews a magical potion that endows its drinker with super-strength. Luchini is known as an intellectual actor whose trademark is to embark viewers into delirious monologues with deliberately histrionic gestures and over-the-top deliveries. The jokes are generally cute-but-harmless, notably the 5:00 hot water break that defines life in England at the time of Caesar. And the life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps. Overall this film gets the animation just right and the voices are pretty good.
It's just loses any sense of urgency and concentrated more on subplots, many of which are sadly underdeveloped. When Julius Caesar gets wind of the project succeeding, he has the building site attacked by his troops in order to win the bet and not lose face. Asterix should not be treated as a kids cartoon. I have not watched something this fun and innocent for a long time. Where are the beautiful views of roman cities, all Goscinny's irony about military states and administrative zeal??? Citizen Kane it ain't, but I was thoroughly entertained. As well I really fell in love with the village. France once made quite good movies, particularly farcical comedies, but that was then.
The acting was good by Depardieu and Clavier who's also playing in Les Visiteurs and Roberto Benigni was very good as the Roman soldier. They were well designed characters and really had a sense of humor. I've been completely enamored with Asterix and his adventures ever since. In terms of story, this film takes one of the weak Asterix books and deviates from it big mistake! However, Gerard Depardieu did make a good Obelix. And one thing that really bugs, is that they even were allowed to make a sequel after this flob. The famous comics characters by Goscinny and Uderzo ride again, this time impersonated by real actors: Obélix by Gérard Depardieu who makes an excellent imitation of the comics character and Astérix by Edouard Baer who doesn't look much like his comics counterpart.
Sadly there where some parts which just felt forced and felt out-off place for Asterix series. They've got an amazing cast: Deneuve, Lucchini, Rochefort, Depardieu, Galienne. For most part it's fun. Entertaining and even witty at points, instead of boring and crude like the previous films, the movie is based quite faithfully on the 1966 album Asterix in Britain one of the best of the series , with some bits from Asterix and the Normans. Clavier reprises his role from the first two live action films, replacing , who had retired from voice acting.
What made Astérix so good was the subtlety of the humour and yes they made references to modern cultures too but not in such obvious way. Of course you need a very good level of french to understand all the jokes but they're worth the classes if you really want to have a good laugh! Just thinking of the post-potion-drinking effect makes me cringe. The story portrays a pretended help asked by the Queen of Britain from those Gauls that have been resisting for so long in a small village to the Roman invasion since now Julius Caesar has invaded Britain which he intends to conquer. Wonderful animated movie that gave me the same old feeling that I had as a kid while I was reading comics. The motion picture was professionally directed by Laurent Tirard. I have read all the Asterix comics, and I thought this film captured the essence perfectly, although, I agree, it would have been cool to see the pirates! The film has an episodic structure, with multiple subplots running at once.