Despite a slightly too fantasmagoric finale and a few slower passages, the French film shows us that we are not yet finished with the Gauls and that a competent succession is assured for the future.
In the hearts of many people, Asterix and Obelix, especially thanks to the film The twelve works of Asterix presented each year at Ciné-Cadeau since ancient Gaul, are mythical characters. Tackling such icons is always a risky undertaking for filmmakers, who want to renew themselves while preserving the spirit of the comic strip.
This latest version fully respects the color of the original works while bringing a welcome wind of novelty. For the first time, cinema offers us a unique adventure. Asterix, the secret of the magic potion is not inspired by any particular album and this is an even greater challenge for creators. Fortunately, Alexandre Astier, author of the popular French series Kaamelott, gives us a coherent story, lively and full of fun references.
The secret of the magic potion could very well have been one of the 37 albums of Asterix the Gaul. This story of the druid Panoramix who, after a nasty fall, decides that it is high time for him to find a replacement and then embarks on the road with his faithful accomplices Asterix and Obelix in search of a successor, is perfectly consistent with the spirit of the original work.The theme of parentage and descent is not a common one in this kind of production, but it proves to be a substantial asset. The new villain, Sulfurix, also stands out. His visceral hatred of Panoramix addresses jealousy, vengeance and resilience.
Visually close to Asterix: The domain of the gods, this new opus offers beautiful, modern and sparkling images. The French definitely have nothing to envy to the Americans with this high quality animation proposal. Astier’s daring humour brings a certain delinquency to the work of Uderzo and Goscinny, which suits him perfectly.
Christian Clavier lends his voice to Asterix for the first time in an animation film. He could have been seen as a Gaul in two real-life films, but this was his first experience behind the microphone. We can say that he takes up the challenge with flying colors. His larger-than-life interpretation does not make us miss Roger Carel, who accompanied the animated character from the very beginning.
Dotted with amusing anachronistic references, such as feminism or global warming, Asterix, the secret of the magic potion will please both children and their parents. Despite a slightly too fantasmagoric finale and a few slower passages, the French film shows us that we are not yet finished with the Gauls and that a competent succession is assured for the future.