Newly Released: THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SE {Review}

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Take off with Adèle Blanc-Sec on her heart-pounding adventure into a fantasy wonderland! THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC leaps to Blu-ray Combo Pack & DVD August 13th from Shout! Factory in collaboration with EuropaCorp. Fans and collectors can pre-order their copy aAmazon.com!

The year is 1912. This is the story of an intrepid young reporter Adèle Blanc-Sec and her quest for the power of life over death. Her journey would take her to distant lands to face many dangers beneath the sands. She will go to any lengths to achieve her aims, including sailing to Egypt to tackle mummies of all shapes and sizes. Meanwhile in Paris, a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg on display in the natural history museum has mysteriously hatched, and the creature subjects the city to a reign of terror from the skies. But nothing fazes Adele Blanc-Sec, whose adventures include many more extraordinary surprises…

My Thoughts…

This is certainly and interesting adventure movie though I don’t think I can compare it to Tin Tin & Indiana Jones. Parents, keep in mind this is PG. There’s no language that I can remember but there’s some violence and one scene in which a tragedy freak accident is shown that really the film didn’t need to display. There was also a scene in a car where two people were getting a little to familiar with each other that left me feeling uncomfortable for  letting my kids see it.  My kids that loved Tin Tin which this one was compared to only lasted about 15-20 minutes before they lost interest completely. I for one didn’t think it was terrible, it was certainly amusing.

My Husband’s Thoughts…

My benchmark for the movie is Indiana Jones because the DVD case says the movie gives Indy and Tintin a run for the money.

Most of the movie is easily better than the fabled fourth Indiana Jones movie, which sometimes I don’t even believe exists.

The movie is directed by Luc Besson who has written and directed some movies I have enjoyed quite a bit such as Fifth Element, Kiss of the Dragon, Unleashed, and Transporter. One thing all those movies have in common is action. Adèle Blanc-Sec however doesn’t have the same kind of action. Some yes, but not the same kind, and it shouldn’t as it isn’t that kind of movie.

What the movie does have lots of is quirk and strangeness. It starts off by letting us know the setting has strange and mysterious elements, and sets the stage for what is to come.

When we first meet Adèle it does mirror an Indy movie, complete with ancient traps, double crosses and escapes. However it is all kind of awkward and maybe a little overacted.

I wish I had watched the movie with subtitles because while the English voice overs weren’t bad, it was distracting for most of the movie, and may have added to the ‘overacting’ feel.

The movie was, however, fun for the most part. Kind of ridiculous, but it didn’t take itself seriously. There are some good lines and a couple good laughs.

Near the end some things happened that were so ludicrous, and really made me lose the enthusiasm I had for the movie.

Finally, near the end, there is a scene that was so far removed from the tone of the film it felt totally out of place. It could have been made slightly differently and kept all the point of the scene without being particularly gross, and possibly it could have been removed completely. In other parts some things happen just off screen and perhaps the fact we see this event gives it more punch, but I still think it was out of place compared to the rest.

I have a hard time recommending this movie on the whole, but there are some funny parts and characters that make it at least
enjoyable in part.


Bonus Features:

  • Making-of featurette
  • Music featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Running Time: 107 minutes & Rated: PG

Available in stores nationwide, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec (BluRay/DVD/Digital Copy)
 Blu-ray combo pack is priced to own with a suggested retail price of $24.97, and $14.97 for the DVD. THE EXTRAORDINARY ADVENTURES OF ADÈLE BLANC-SEC The Director’s Cut Edition Two-Disc Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack will arrive in stores this Fall 2013.

Disclosure: I received the above mentioned products in exchange for my opinion of them. This review is 100% my opinion and has not been edited or reviewed by anyone. I was not compensated in any other way for this product review.