Do you have children who love to go on an adventure or aren’t you afraid to let your inner child loose for an hour and a half? Well, then you should check out the newest film from directors Alexandre Astier (“Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods”; “David et Madame Hansen”) and Louis Clichy (“Asterix and Obelix: Mansion of the Gods”), “Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion”. Their movie is a very colourful and adventurous one but sadly it’s not as funny and exciting as it could have been.
You might have read the comic books about Asterix, Obelix and their friends who are all living in a village of Gaul but if not, then there’s wonderful news for you. In the first few minutes, the whole of Gaul is being explained.
From the magic potion to the super strength and from the Roman occupation in 50 BC and to all the people you can find it that small town. You will be up-to-date in no time.
It’s much needed though as everything is about to change drastically in Gaul. After spraining his ankle, the druid Getafix (originally called Panoramix) is realizing that his time is running out. To make sure that his wisdom and most important the secret of the magic potion is being handover to the best druid possible, he starts a quest to look for a young, gifted and innocent druid. He takes Asterix, Obelix and their little dog Idefix with him.
Because of the importance of a perfect successor, Getafix is seeking advice from the druid council. However, their amicable and respectful assembly is being disturbed by Demonix, a hateful druid who wants to use the recipe for his own good. Infinite power. That’s all he cares for.
Plotting his evil plan, he’s using the youthful, talented but sadly also naive druid Teleferix. Not knowing that Demonix is using Teleferix for his masterplan, Getafix picks Teleferix as the chosen one.
Which impact will this important decision has on Gaul, on its inhabitants, on Demonix’s bad intentions and most important on the recipe of the secret potion?
The summer is the perfect timing for film companies to release children’s and family films. However, because of all the fierce competition, you better make sure that your movie is flawless, excellent and better than the rest.
Sadly, that’s not the case for “Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion”. First of all, the story could use a lot more character, depth and just curiosity in general.
Because of that, the movie becomes a little bit dull. Directors Astier and Clichy love the comics originally written by René Goscinny and they want nothing more than sharing their passion for it with the audience.
What a shame that this results in oversharing due to which the story becomes unnecessarily complicated.
In films like this, humour and funny moments are essential to keep the attention of the public but “Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion” is lacking those key elements. There were some “Ooooh’s”, “Aaaah’s” and smiles but sadly our hunger for humour wasn’t satisfied completely.
Despite the shaky storyline and the lack of humour, this film has some positive aspects as well. The stunning animation is the most incredible one.
The bright, colourful and vibrant illustrations are without a doubt the stars of this film. They bring the whole of Gaul, the Roman Empire and the magical world of Asterix to life.
Apart from the animations, the fast pace of the movie is what makes from this film such an entertaining one. The first few scenes are over before you know it and while the tempo becomes sluggish during the film, it’s being picked up again more towards the end.
While some scenes are dragging on, it feels like the film is over in no time. Probably also because it only lasts a little bit under ninety minutes.
The end of the summer holiday is approaching and so the school bell is about to ring again. Fear not, if you want to end your vacation with a cute and colourful film, then this one is the one you should see.
Sadly, because of the lack of humour and funny moments, “Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion” is also a film you can see on a smaller screen in the comfort of your own house.
If you love big and beautiful animations, buy your cinema ticket now. If you’re looking for a story with more character, then catch the film once it’s released on television.
30th August 2019
THE QUICK SELL
Getafix/Panoramix decides it's time to pass the magic potion recipe on to a young, trustworthy druid. He looks all over Gaul with Asterix and Obelix as Demonix is out to get the recipe.