Asterix at the Olympic Games

2009-06-05 10:48

What the movie’s about:

In this dubbed French farce, Astérix and Obélix have to win at the Olympic Games in order to help their friend Alafolix marry Princess Irina (portrayed by supermodel Vanessa Hessler). Brutus (Benoît Poelvoorde) uses every trick in the book to ensure his own team wins the game, and get rid of his father Julius Caesar (Alain Delon) in the process. The movie is very loosely adapted from the original Asterix at the Olympic Games comic book. The love story subplot between Alafolix and Irina was not featured in the original story, while Brutus, portrayed here as a comical villain, was not even featured in the comic.

What we thought about:

To put it mildly, this movie is nothing compared to the brilliance of the comic books. They have their place in history while this movie is destined for failure. I’ll forever be distraught having wasted two hours watching it. As if the cartoonish cinematography and lame references to modern day pop culture weren’t tiring enough, the story line is pretty ridiculous, too.

With Brutus and his huge ego (which was actually funny in the beginning but became annoying as the movie went on) and his foolish attempts at trying to kill his father Caesar, he is meant to be the baddie we love to hate – but his antics are too childish to even bear mentioning.

The movie's saving grace is the climactic chariot race that sees Asterix go head to head with Michael Schumacher. Tennis pro Amelie Mauresmo, soccer legend Zinedine Zidane and basketball player Tony Parker all make cameo appearances, which see them participating in their respective sport at the Olympics. But that really is all the fuss there is to make about this poor excuse for a comedy adventure.

True Asterix fans should avoid this at all costs – it'll only serve to incense you.

If you liked the comics of Asterix and Obelix then this awful movie adaptation will leave you disappointed.

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