Arthur and the Invisibles

Arthur and the Invisibles (2006) movie poster

(2006) dir. Luc Besson
viewed:01/20/07 at the AMC Loews Metreon 16



Whatever Luc Besson has had in his resume for street-cred, something that has not had any back-up apparently in years and years, is utterly and completely non-existent in this incredibly awful children’s film.

Part live-action and part-digital animation, the movie strives pretty pathetically to evoke that “classic” feel of children’s film/art/literature/what-have-you.  The animation itself is heinously designed, featuring troll-like (troll, the dolls with the frizzy synthetic hair and the stupid grins) characters who live in a miniature existence somehow connected to Africa but transplanted to Connecticut?  And these African giant warriors?  And amazingly unoriginal plot points like a sword that cannot be pulled out of something until the right person comes along.

Besson, please stop!  Now!

Oh yeah, this is supposed to be his final directorial work.  Whatever.  Dude, we’re taking away your license and re-examining your hip early work with its strange hipness and fun violence with strange themes of near-pedophilia.  I really think that marriage to Milla Jovovich was the fatal blow.

Not that I thought this was going to be good for any reason.  I was just curious.  Oh, my.  My, my, my.  Definitely among the worst that I have seen in some time.

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