Monday, July 16, 2007
Arthur and the Invisibles
If there is a name I look for when browsing DVDs, it is Luc Besson. Since first watching 'Subway', I've loved nearly everything he's touched... 'La Femme Nikita', genius, 'Leon', even more geniuser... 'The Fifth Element', the geniusestest!
He also wrote the scripts for the 'Taxi' and 'Transporter' franchises.
Most of his 'non-environmentalist' works are an excellent mixture of action, fun and human interest, usually featuring a beautiful, feisty and headstrong female character.
Besson has also written a number of children's books, including his version of the story of King Arthur, featuring a miniature people called the Minimoys. The first of the series has been turned into a part live-action, part CGI animated film starring Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Madonna, Snoop Dog, Mia Farrow, Robert De Niro and David Bowie. It is directed by Besson.
I watched it with the kidz this weekend, and loved every moment of it. Once again, the key is not that the vehicle is original... it is just that the ride is such fun! All of the voice actors (especially Madonna and David Bowie) are clearly having a great time, and the story is uplifting without being cloying and sentimental.