Based on the comic strip by Jacques Tardis, this deligthful French filmw as released last year in France, but seems to have only just managed to cross the channel for a limited run. Scripted and directed by Luc Besson, its a fantasy set in 1911 and follows the adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec as she attempts to resurrect an Egyptian mummy to cure her sister; throw in a Pterodactyl, some ineffective policemen, suitors, a famous game hunter and an elderly scientist who can raise the dead and you have a fun 107 minutes that is a little tongue in cheek and beautiful to look at. Its not perfect, but Louis Bourgoin is superb as Adèle – determined, practical, adventurous and smart and that is more than enough to cover anything that isn’t as polished.
I’ve always been a fan of Luc Besson’s French films and this one is definitely being added to my DVD list! Its not a rehash of ‘The Mummy’, but nor is it Indiana Jones, Luc Besson avoiding the premise set by those films and keeping it light-hearted. The set design is really impressive, beautiful to look at as well as the use of colour and prosthetic ears. well worth anyone spending a little time on watching.
the trailer doesn’t give much away, and sorry it has no subtitles!