Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods – Movie Review, truly Fantastico
The indomitable Gauls were on the 3D screen and there was no way I was going to miss it.
I have been a fan of comic books since ages, so much that few years ago, I even did a course on ‘Comic Books and Graphic novels’ from Boulder University, Colorado.
Though, my knowledge & range for collecting and reading comic books is limited to a few specific genres within the comic books realm, Asterix and Obelix have been one of my all time favorites ever since I was a little kid.
So, as soon as I heard that Mansion of the Gods was playing at a theater nearby, I rushed to watch it in 3D and it was hilarious and truly refreshing.
This movie is fun to watch, refreshing, humorous and is a cheeky satire about the struggle between management and union. That, coupled with how the system and society gets corrupted from within is brilliantly juxtaposed through the story-line and the characters, their dialogues for sure are a real treat for both, kids and adults alike.
CAST: [Voices] Roger Carel, Guillaume Briat
DIRECTION: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier
GENRE: Animation 3D
DURATION: 1 hour 25 minutes
The year is 50 BC.
Julius Caesar, exasperated by the indomitable Gauls, who refuse to bow down before him, plans to build a luxury residential condo ( luxury apartments) for the Uber-rich Romans. By creating this architectural splendor, he plans to lure the Gauls and force them to accept the Roman civilization by destroying their forest and surrounding their village with Roman tenants.
To make sure he builds it successfully, right next to the village of the indomitable Gauls, he hires the architect Squaronthehypotenus who is famous for having built the drive-in amphitheater (Remember, all of this is pure fiction).
The fun begins with the Romans ‘attempting’ to uproot the trees in the forest, which is met with a complete disaster and a true comic chaos owing to Getafix the druid’s magic acorns and Dogmatix’s love for protecting the trees.
Meanwhile, back in Rome, Caesar tries to win over the people of Rome by arranging a gladiators wrestling match at the epic amphitheater stadium and abruptly introduces an advertisement for his project (I loved this part – Very much in sync with how TV shows today put up ads right at the crucial moment of the scene) and with all the glamour and larger than life splendor marketing gimmicks, he tires to lure the audiences.
There is a lot of comedy and fun that ensues throughout the movie. Majority of the characters have been given a generous screen-time (the best part is that the balance and importance given to almost every single character is fabulous, throughout the movie.) This makes every character memorable in some way or the other for the audiences.
The thing that I loved the most about this movie was that, there was not even a single dull moment in the movie. I was smiling and laughing throughout.
The coolest part was that the kids sitting in the same row as mine (who had come with their dad) were laughing and so was their dad. One could hear giggles, chuckle and laughter throughout the movie in the cinema hall.
The movie was in 3D, which was fun too. It was not the kind of breathtaking visuals that we are now used to seeing these days. But it surely does a lot of justice to the comic book, though true fans of this comic book can spot the Director’s cinematic liberty at quite a few places.
The movie also has a powerful message about encroachment on forested areas and how it really affects everyone around.
Some truly epic and hilarious scenes from the movie: (and there were so many more)
- The scene introducing Asterix and Obelix where they are fighting for the boar!
- The detailed and formal meeting, discussion between the Gauls and the Slaves
- SPOOF scene: ‘Thou shall not pass’ – Getafix the druid imitating Gandalf
Hats off to Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo for creating one of my all time favorite characters and to the Director for putting together a fun film.
This is a movie for all ages.
Did I mention, I went to watch this movie in my Asterix tee!
Have you seen this movie or read Asterix and Obelix comic books?
If yes, do share your comments and views with me here.
Would love to hear from you.