Legendary director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon) transports us to the wild days of early 20th-century Paris, where feisty young writer Adele Blanc-Sec embarks on thrilling missions to find exciting material for her book and a cure for her sick sister. She sails to Egypt to raid a tomb that supposedly hides the cure, but what will she do when an army of resurrected mummies get in the way? Back in Paris she finds the city in chaos after a 136 million-year old pterodactyl egg mysteriously hatches. Adele realises she is the only one game enough to take control of the prehistoric bird.
The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec is the latest film from acclaimed director Luc Besson, and it’s one that ranks with some of his finest work. It’s also, comfortably, one of the year’s most enjoyable movies.
Set during early 20th century Paris, and based on the comic book series of the same name, The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec finds the title character embarking on some far-fetched quests, with the feel of an old-fashioned family adventure movie. It’s a winning mix, and certainly makes for exciting cinema.
The film is helped by its casting, too, not least Louise Bourgoin as Adele Blanc-Sec. But it’s also an exciting, funny and adventurous movie, that’s got no shortage of imagination to it. It effortlessly blends different genres, and while there’s the odd bump across the film’s running time, it’s a small price to pay for such an enjoyable, rollicking film.
Hopefully, all concerned can be convinced to reunite for further adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. For now, though, it’s hard to resist the many, many charms of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. --Jon Foster