The Extraordinary Adventures Of Adele Blanc-Sec
Billed as “Amelie meets Indiana Jones” this just had to be a must-see as I’ve always loved the quirky French film Amelie, and well really what can I say about Indian Jones, hmmmmmmm been a HUGE fan for simply decades darling!
Anyway back to the movie. I bought it in the supermarket yesterday because I liked the box (yes, how shallow can you get) and thought Idgy might be interested as the heroine is riding a pterodactyl and all prehistoric beasties are good in my gal’s book. Having warned my viewing companion that it was in French with English subtitles and she would therefore have to put down her ipod and pay attention, we settled down to watch armed as ever with a few snackeroos.
The film comes from a comic book story. It is based in early 20th century Paris and our heroine Adele Blanc Sec is a writer and free spirit. She is off searching for tombs in Egypt to find a certain mummy that will hold the magic cure for her sick sister.
All sorts of mayhem ensues, from tomb robbers to resurrected mummies, desert chases to high camp humour.
It’s all great fun.
Meanwhile back in Paris a pterodactyl egg mysteriously hatches and you can just imagine the havoc that creates as the massive birdy blunders around the city crashing into rather beautiful French architecture and taking out the odd chandelier or two.
Our heroine comes to the rescue in her quirky and highly original style – no shrinking violet or tweed clad manly adventurer she – oh no this is a real Go For It kinda gal who smokes, drinks, bitingly funny with one liners and just totally off the proverbial wall.
We loved it. I’m not telling you any more of the story, just get out there and buy it. Sainsburys had it for £5 yesterday and it was worth every penny. Great entertainment, fabulous settings and a super way to spend the evening.
If you’re not a fan of sub titles (and I fall into this category too) this film really grips you and you’ll find yourself just automatically reading them anyway. I was surprised myself as I usually shy away from subs finding them irritating.
Anyway just thought I’d share this little nugget of cinematic joy with you today, well worth watching.