Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Pterrible Pterodacyl

We watched The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec (2010) as a whim, a bagatelle. It was written and directed by Luc Besson, it was on Watch Instantly when we needed a movie, done deal.

Set in 1911, it is the story of writer and adventurer Adele Blanc-Sec. She has a sister in a coma, a lead on an ancient mummified doctor, and a mad scientist buddy who can re-animate the dead. Of course, that leads to a pterodactyl flying around Ptaris, pterrifying pterriers. Mummies, a fat detective, a handsome naif, a great white hunter, and so forth. It was based on a beloved French comic with which I am unacquainted.

This was definitely fun, but had the feel of a "lesser" work. I felt that it might have been made for TV, which these days is not as much of a slam as it once was. I'm not sure why I didn't really connect - maybe because our streaming connection is so crappy. Anyway, if a steampunkish Luc Besson adventure comedy sounds like fun to you, give it a try and let me know what you think.

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