The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Film) Review

We were supposed to do romance this week but a friend was raving about this 2010 movie and I thought, well why the hellimatge_peli_0085.jpg not?

I did email Jillian ahead of time to see if she thought this would be a good option and her actual answer was: “IS SHE RIDING A PTERODACTYL ON THE NETFLIX POSTER??? UM, HELL YES.”

Thus bolstering my love for her and all that she stands for. So, let’s do this.

As always, *Welcome to Spoilertown*

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010)

Director: Luc Besson
Stars: Louise Bourgoin, Mathieu Amalric, Gilles Lellouche

IMDB Synopsis: 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.

My Review:

I don’t really know how this got past me being that it’s directed by Luc Besson, and is based on a comic book, but get past me it did.

Sometimes, that’s a great thing though, isn’t it, discovering a gem that’s a few years old and being able to enjoy it without anyone else’s opinion seeping into your experience? And, it turns out, this was the perfect film for a laid back bank holiday Monday in my pants.

We begin with a wonderful introduction to Professor Espérandieu via the introduction of some of the other minor, and not so minor characters. It’s very French and whimsical.

In a nutshell, bonkers old Espérandieu has been experimenting with telepathy and hatches a 136 million year old Pterosaur egg from the local museum (approx. the same age as some of the eggs in our fridge, to be fair). So the pesky Pterodactyl is terrorising gay Paree with abandon, accidentally killing important members of government and their favourite showgirls (well, one set).

While this occurs, the titular Adèle is in Egypt, though her publisher thinks she’s climbing Machu Picchu. What she’s doing amongst the pyramids and why soon becomes apparent but first she must deal with being double crossed in the tombs by sexist tour guides and an ugly old nemesis, who are only there for buried treasure.

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Adèle is a wiley fox, however, and gets out of the tomb using only her wits. Her mission is a successful one, as she manages to escape with the mummified corpse of the Pharaoh’s personal physician, Patmosis; exactly who she came for. It’s all very Indiana Jones, which can only ever be a very good thing.

Back in Paris, the President is panicking about the loose Pterodactyl and enlists the help of Inspector Caponi and a big game hunter called Saint-Hubert. Oh and I haven’t yet mentioned sweet, romantic Andrej Zborowski who is madly in love with Adèle and has written her a love letter every day since he met her. Sadly for him, Adele is a woman who has other things on her mind beyond men, like resurrecting mummies and saving the life of her all-but-brain-dead sister, Agathe.

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That’s right, see everything Adèle does is for her sister, who was involved in a freak accident that she feels responsible for. So, with the help of Professor Espérandieu, she intends to resurrect Patmosis, who as the #1 doctor to Ramesses II, will no doubt be able to save Agathe. Will it work though?

By now there’s the added obstacle of Espérandieu being imprisoned and sentenced to death for his part in the whole dinosaur debacle, so Adèle must be creative in her rescue attempts. Which she is, luckily. Though sometimes, a girl’s just got to admit defeat and get on the damn Pterodactyl to get shit done, you know?

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Now friendly with besotted Andrej, who has built a temporary nest for our winged wonder, Adèle gains control of ‘the bird’ and brings Espérandieu home. Sadly, this is short lived as Saint-Hubert strikes down the bird, who is connected psychically to the old man. Will he make it back to Patmosis in time to bring him forth to Adèle (and Agathe’s) aid?

Well, you want to bloody hope so!

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I don’t want to give everything away because I absolutely recommend this film but there really is some magic ahead as the above question is answered.

Wait, until you meet the mummies though, including delightful old Ramesses himself. Along with the lols, will they bring Agathe back to life?

Will Adèle get her beloved sister back and finally be able to shake the guilt she has carried for five long years? Will she ever wear a big hat I don’t adore? Will Andrej get the girl? And finally, where can I get my own mummy?

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Have fun finding out, my pretties. It’s a wonderful ride.

My Thoughts:

As my mother would say, “What fun!”. It really is and it’s also refreshing to watch a film in which romance isn’t the main objective for the central character, especially a female. Adèle is determined to save her sister and that is the only thing she cares about.

She is beautiful, of course, but she isn’t a fluffy character. She’s not always nice or polite, she can be bad tempered and I like her for that. I like her for being almost a normal person in extraordinary circumstances.

The film itself is fantastical, funny and entertaining. Most of the characters have a significant story arc and that’s nice to see. It’s a magical piece of cinema with a great cast. Bravo, Monsieur Besson.

My Rating: 

4/5

What did Jillian think? You can totes find out here.

8 thoughts on “The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (Film) Review

  1. I love you more. 🙂
    Ooops, I just realized I totally neglected Andrej. I think I mentioned him once, but he deserves better.
    Also I can’t believe I missed an opportunity to make a million Prince of Egypt references. I completely failed to connect Ramesses to THAT Ramesses.
    It now occurs to me that maybe psychics was mistranslated to physics…or quite possibly I was having a dyslexia moment.
    Anywho, yay! Same page on this one! Such a charming little film, esp. compared to our usual bloodbath!

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  2. I did really like the fact that Adèle isn’t interested in any sort of romance at all, at any point in the film. And that lovely Andrej turns out to be rather fickle with his affections!

    I love films like this, I loved The Mummy and Tomb Raider and Indiana Jones and National Treasure, all such flights of fancy but this was even more fun because it was in french! French makes everything seems so much more whimsical. I hope we find more like this one during our cinematic adventures together! xoxo

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