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29 Jan, 2016 1 hr 25 mins U
Lorant Deuttsch, Roger Carel
Lorant Deuttsch, Roger Carel
Louis Clichy
This one makes for some fairly delightful viewing.

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Story: After a series of unsuccessful attempts to take over the stronghold of the Gauls, Julius Caesar devises a more subtle plan to conquer the stubborn lot. By building a luxury residential estate (the Mansions of the Gods) in the forest on the outskirts of their village, he hopes that the Gauls will be tempted to abandon their village, move into the new property and adopt Roman culture.

Review: While a lot of comic book characters have received cinematic representation, with suitable use of contemporary special effects, Asterix and gang have been curiously missing out on some big screen action... until now, that is. Sure, while there have been a few somewhat forgettable live-action films about Asterix and Obelix, this one is refreshingly different and fun.

Accordingly, the diminutive architect with towering ambitions Anglaigus (Deutsch) is dispatched to Gaul with Caesar's blessings to get the Mansions of the Gods built. However, Asterix (Carel) and Obelix (Briat) will have none of that and actively oppose the Romans in one encounter after another. They make life hell for the Roman garrison but soon enough, the rest of the Gauls much to their surprise, realize that doing day-to-day business with the Romans can be rather profitable, in money terms.

As infighting sets in among the Gauls, Asterix and Obelix (with a little 'magical' help from their druid Getafix) realize that only a few drastic methods will convince the Romans to leave. They after all, are not in Rome and certainly won't do as the Romans do.

The film makes a few pertinent points that won't be lost on adults as well - that of urban encroachment on forested areas, country life versus city living and the dishonest means builders often use in order to pursue their pot of lucre.

Astier, Clichy and crew have - in terms of renderings and dialogues - stayed very faithful to Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's beloved characters and have dished out something that is both briskly-paced as well as entertaining enough for its core audience, children. This one makes for some fairly delightful viewing.
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In this edition, Julius Caesar plots to take over the village by building mansions and fancy living quarters in the forest close to where the Gauls live. He designs this plan with the help of his captain Oursenplus and his fickle garrison, his silver-tongued Senator Prospectus and his architect Squareonthehypothenus.<br/>As usual, Asterix and Obelix aren&rsquo;t going to make life easy for the Romans. They find ways to thwart their progress. But once the mansions are built in the forest and Roman civilians migrate to the complex, the plot gets complicated.<br/>The villagers instead of resisting the Romans, adapt to the new tourist economy and eventually succumb to living the high Roman life, till Asterix and Obelix make the Gauls realise their folly.
The Mansions Of The Gods is the ninth animated Asterix film based on the graphic comic written by Rene Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo.<br/>For those unfamiliar with this comic book series, the stories follow the exploits of indomitable Gauls based in Britanny, the north western region of France, as they resist Roman occupation.<br/>Our pint-sized hero Asterix (voiced by Roger Carel) and his dim-witted, oversized friend Obelix (voiced by Guillaume Briat) who live in the village, persistently resist these threats with the help of their magic super-powered potion supplied by the village druid, Getafix.
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