The Film: The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec – France
Two parts The Mummy one part Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and Dick Tracy, with a dash of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, there are equally as many reasons to like as dislike this film though it seems most things in the negative quality may be a problem with the source material.
The original graphic novel featured the titular character in far-fetched adventures and mystery-solving of its eponymous heroine, herself a writer of popular fiction, in a secret history-infused, gaslamp fantasy version of the early 20th century.
I started the film with low expectations and there were definitely elements to enjoy. It is creative, her relationship with her sister was well done as are the mummies who enter the story, but the style loses its way in the middle and doesn’t quite recover.
The hyper-stylized makeups are another mixed bag as some of the actors seem to realize how their looks would manifest in their movements and timbre and others almost act in direct opposition to it. In the end it doesn’t add to their interest, it inhibits a connection.
If you enjoyed Sahara this film is for you. On the other hand, fans of more well developed films such as Raiders Of The Lost Ark will be disappointed.
Oh how I wish it it had been slightly less silly. Comic I can handle but it feels like there was so much potential for a decent female lead supernatural adventure. Louise Bourgoin was able to pull off both charm and dead-pan humour, I would like to see more from her. That her motivation came from wanting to save her sister instead of a romantic entanglement made it all the better but there was just too much pomp and not enough circumstance.
The Food: Buttered Tarragon Popcorn
- 1/4 cup corn kernels
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 teaspoons tarragon
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon salt
Make the popcorn according to your favorite method.
Add the remaining ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until the butter is melted. Pour over the popcorn and toss to coat.
For an additional flare add some French mustard to the mix!