The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters and other distractions. Legendary cartoonist Jacques Tardi's original stories perfectly recreate the intrigue, romance and excitement of one of the most tumultuous periods in history. 3.0 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

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Certificate 12A
Genre Action / Adventure, Sci-Fi / Fantasy
Director Luc Besson
Cast Gilles Lellouche, Louise Bourgoin, Philippe Nahon, Jean-Paul Rouve Mathieu Amalric
Studio Optimum Releasing
Release Date April 2011
Running Time 105 mins
 

An adventure set in the early part of the 20th century and focused on a popular novelist and her dealings with would-be suitors, the cops, monsters and other distractions. Legendary cartoonist Jacques Tardi's original stories perfectly recreate the intrigue, romance and excitement of one of the most tumultuous periods in history.

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Reviews

Empire Magazine

Angie Errigo

A romp magnifique, with enough thrills, giggles and pretty pictures to reward adventure-lovers who wouldn’t normally entertain the idea of taking in a treat with subtitles. Don’t miss the mid-credits postscript.

24/04/2011

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Bourgoin deadpans her way through a knowing, laugh-out-loud script and leavens her considerable feminine charms with slapstick clumsiness... Unflagging, funny and frequently frenetic, this is a rich slice of witty escapism with a heroine almost certain to be seen again.

22/04/2011

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The Observer

Philip French

It is a pleasure to look at, but the performances are heavy-handed rather than pleasantly stylised and the whimsy over-abundant.

24/04/2011

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Time Out

Cath Clarke

The movie is a gorgeous spectacle, and a good deal less saccharine than anything Hollywood is turning out, but hyperactively plotted and oddly cold.

23/04/2011

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The Times

Kate Muir

Adèle Blanc-Sec is basically Tintin meets Gertrude Bell in a whimsical tale of a comely Edwardian explorer, adapted from a comic book.

22/04/2011

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

This is a veritable museum of antique comedy, containing items even the youngest viewers will have seen before. Apparently, ­Besson wasn’t content to resurrect only mummies and pterodactyls: he has also assembled some of the most ancient, shrivelled jokes in history and tried to get them back in action. This lack of comic invention is a shame, because the film otherwise has lots of things going for it. Even with those dud gags, it’s breezily entertaining.

24/04/2011

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Total Film

Tom Dawson

Handsomely designed, with polished CG effects, Besson misses a trick by not making more of Adèle’s nemesis Dieuleveult (an unrecognisable Mathieu Amalric).

20/04/2011

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The Guardian

Xan Brooks

Luc Besson's ripping adventure yarn, lovingly drawn from the Jacques Tardi comic-book series, coasts in on a waft of burlesque acting and droll good humour, with each episode metaphorically framed by quotation marks. All of which is "fun" up to a point, although it rather draws the sting from the thrills and spills and makes us wonder where, if anywhere, Besson is leading us.

21/04/2011

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The Independent

Anthony Quinn

...a sufficiency of spills and thrills to keep the mood buoyant, and it's always a pleasure to look at... It would not be nearly so enjoyable, however, without this heroine, at once insouciant and passionate, better-looking than Indy and better-dressed than Lara Croft.

22/04/2011

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The Financial Times

Antonia Quirke

...complete twaddle, trafficking heavily in bad CGI (dinosaurs, mummies) and prosthetics (the divine Mathieu Amalric is in it apparently – but under which false nose?).

20/04/2011

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