Asterix at the Olympic Games ★★★

This is actually the third in a series of what became four live-action features that follow the successful comics from the late sixties. These were hugely successful films in Europe that had nearly zero impressions on American audiences. I can only gather that because they’d end up being dubbed. They just didn’t translate well. In this particular feature, Astérix (played by Clovis Cornillac in this episode. The prior two starred Christian Clavier) and Obélix (Gerard Depardieu, in maybe the sole consistent performer of this series) go to compete at the ancient Olympics in order to help their friend Lovesix marry the Greek Princess Irina. (Vanessa Hessler) She’s been arranged to marry which ever athlete wins. However, Brutus, (Benoit Poelvoorde) son of Caesar desires to win the princess while also trying to kill off his father, Julius Caesar (played by Alain Delon) to inherit the Empire. I can only come to compare these to the Harry Potter series in the sense that these are intended for kids but star adult performers who likely all grew up in the cartoons and while no one in the U.S. will know any of these. They all star a massive line up of talented performers in each of the additions. They each continued to grow larger in budgets as well as in box office success. It was only the last one ‘Asterix & Obelix; God Save Brittannia’ (2012) where the budget outweighed the gain and therefore is likely the end of this adaptation.