MV5BMTcwNzc0ODc5N15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwNDI1MTY4NA@@._V1_SY317_CR104,0,214,317_AL_What’s it all about?

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is

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.

Well, that’s close I suppose.

Adele is a travel writer and journalist who starts the film off in Egypt seeking the remains of Ramses II’s physician whom she wants bring home to Paris in an attempt to bring her comatose sister back to full health. To assist her in this she intends to work with Professor Esperandieu who will use some form of telepathic contact to tap into the mummy’s knowledge. Unfortunately while he’s testing his theories out he accidentally causes a pterodactyl egg to hatch, causing death and destruction, getting the police involved and apparently scuppering Adele’s plans.

Why did I want to watch it?

The Book God is a fan of the graphic novels on which the film is based and was very keen to see it. I love this sort of thing so was happy to watch it. Also it was described in Empire’s review as “Amelie meets Indiana Jones” and who could resist that?

What did I think of it?

This is huge fun. Adele herself is a wonderful character, entirely in control and kowtowing to no-one, she’s determined and inventive as well as being beautiful and fashionable. Everything she does is driven by her need to fix what’s happened to her sister, for which she feels responsible even though (when we finally find out what actually happened) it was clearly the result of a freak accident.

It’s a very stylish film, as you would expect from Besson, peppered with some incredibly grotesque characters (Matthieu Almaric is unrecognisable as a rival adventurer for example) and with the glory of Paris as background it’s just wonderful to look at.

But the best thing for me are the mummies. Without going too much into the plot in terms of why it happens, in addition to la momie Patmosis (the one Adele brought back from Egypt) a whole host of mummies, led by Ramses himself, end up parading round Paris. Patmosis is possibly my favourite character in the whole film, he is such a delight.

And I think that’s a good word to describe the whole thing. Entertaining, enjoyable and above all fun. I really enjoyed it.

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