Published on September 16th, 2013 | by admin
Asterix & Obelix in Britain DVD Review
Summary: With some wonderful sets, great costumes, Asterix & Obelix in Britain is like seeing the comic book come to life and although at times, it is a little childish and some of the translations from French don't follow through that well, it will definitely be enjoyed by fans of the series, especially children.
When I was a kid, my friends and I worshipped the Asterix comic book series that featured two very likeable protagonists, Asterix (Edouard Baer) and his large side-kick Obelix (Gerard Depardieu). Although these characters are enjoyed by people from across the world, the French hold a special place in their heart for these characters and as a result, four live action movies have been filmed.
This current instalment once again sees Asterix and Obelix caught in a heroic story as they visit ancient Britain (aka Briton) in order to help liberate a village from the Romans. However in order to get to the root of the problem, Asterix and Obelix need to go undercover and take with them one of their magic potion barrels. But when the Romans learn that the Asterix’s magic potion is on Briton, they up their efforts to not only find the two protagonists but also the magic to steal for themselves. From here a rollercoaster adventure begins for Asterix and his friends that is not only filled with laughs but actually works in some strange twisted way.
The story is also based on the original children’s comic Asterix in Britain by Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo with the film creators paying some great homage to the original idea. The highlight of the film is of course Gerard Depardieu as Obelix who plays the character perfectly as is Fabrice Luchini as the nefarious and power hungry Julius Caesar.
With some wonderful sets, great costumes, Asterix & Obelix in Britain is like seeing the comic book come to life and although at times, it is a little childish and some of the translations from French don’t follow through that well, it will definitely be enjoyed by fans of the series, especially children.