Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia
Year:
2012
Country:
Italy, Spain, France, Hungary
Genre:
Adventure, Comedy, Family
IMDB rating:
5.3
Director:
Laurent Tirard
Catherine Deneuve as Reine Cordelia
Charlotte Le Bon as Ophélia
Atmen Kelif as Pindépis
Edouard Baer as Astérix
Vincent Lacoste as Goudurix
Bouli Lanners as Grossebaf
Valérie Lemercier as Miss Macintosh
Filippo Timi as Décurion patrouille
Dany Boon as Têtedepiaf
Gérard Jugnot as Le capitaine des pirates
Fabrice Luchini as Jules César
Luca Zingaretti as Général
Guillaume Gallienne as Jolitorax (as Guillaume Gallienne de la Comédie Française)
Jean Rochefort as Lucius Fouinus
Storyline: Asterix crosses the channel to help second-cousin Anticlimax face down Julius Caesar and invading Romans.
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Reviews
Amazing Fun
I liked this movie very much. I watched Asterix and Obelix Meet Cleopatra the other day and got the hang of the movie and the characters. And this movie has a fair amount of characters too, and all of them are very well etched and everyone has a fair part to play. There is this English nobleman who follows strict rules in life and a similarly behaved older woman who takes care of his fiancé. There is Caesar and his army trying to conquer the Britons. There is a bunch called Normans, whose only aim in life is to experience fear after which they believe they could fly. Fantastic Queen of England and last but not the least Asterix & Obelix. Every character is very detailed that they take a place in your heart, even a thief who comes only in two small scenes. The movie is kind of a spoof of lot of things, but trust me it never ruins the mood like the movies made by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. What more can you expect from Asterix and Obelix movie other than fun? Turned out very enjoyable for me. Just give it a try
2014-01-26
Fun film, grossly underrated
This is not the best of the Asterix series (my favourite is still Asterix & Cleopatra) but it is still quite good and certainly deserves more than an average of 5.3...

Perhaps many viewers failed to see the humour in laughing at themselves.

I thought the film was great fun and so full of funny details that it merits a second viewing to catch all the quick jokes in the background, the signs, etc.

It's certainly much better than the latest Hollywood "comedy" productions that resort to gross depictions of bodily fluids as an inept attempt at humour.

My only reason for not giving this 10 stars is that I don't like the actor portraying Asterix as much as the one who did the first films in the series; I don't find him as entertaining as the original. Still, that didn't stop me from laughing out loud many times through the story.
2013-03-30
Fun for all the family
I have not much to say but this film is horribly under-rated. It has no dark undercurrent, no social engineering (a rarity these days), it is just light, laugh out loud funny, with good acting, cast, sets and story.

I have not watched something this fun and innocent for a long time. This is far cleaner and leaves you feeling better than any Disney or animated film i can remember.

Also there is none of that horrible Hollywood overtone where everything is over done & there is no subtlety because the audience is assumed to be morons.

People claiming this film promotes homosexuality (an agenda in society i am very aware of and personally protest) have no idea what they're talking about. The English dignitary was just inferring that Asterix and Obelix are homosexual because they live together, as a jibe. Nothing more.

Go watch it, have fun, feel good.

I hope they make another.
2013-02-19
Finally, that's what the third live-action "Asterix" should have been....
Astérix' adaptation are less a matter of animation or live-action than hit or miss. Some convince you that it's time to end the franchise, other that the little Gaul had good days still. I'm glad that the last two opus, the animated "Mansion of the Gods" and the live-action "Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia" belong to the more optimism- inducing category.

And by all the Roman and Gallic Gods of animation, it better had to, after that dreadful "Astérix at the Olympic Games", a blockbuster endorsed by Thomas Langmann (Claude Berri's son) with expensive budget, expensive effects and expensive stars to make up for the script's poverty. Yet this piece of business-ridden mediocrity managed to grab six million viewers in 2008 despite the worst critics of the series. And its effect on the fourth was inevitable: "Britannia" had the lowest box office result despite some mixed to positive critics.

I wasn't in a urge to watch the film either, nothing that could convince me that it was going to be better than "Olympic Games". Stellar cast? I'm tired of playing another 'spot-the-star' game… and Deneuve as the Queen, had the same atrocious vibes than Delon as Caesar, not to mention the anachronism. Uderzo's endorsement? Well he supported "Olympic" as well, before changing sides and wishing his Gallic warriors had bigger roles, and who can trust the judgment of someone who despised Alain Chabat's "Mission Cleopatra".

Speaking of Chabat, was the director as much a fan of Astérix? Well, Laurent Tirard directed the "Little Nicholas" movies, also adapted from Goscinny's stories… so there was a connection. Besides, "Asterix in Britain" is one of the most entertaining book, and inspired one of the best animated adaptations, so it could join "Cleopatra" as the only adventure to be adapted in the three formats. Besides, the film couldn't be worse than the previous, well, Tirard not only made a more watchable film, but a more rewatchable one too.

And if the CGI aren't less overused, the're less irritating because you finally have something to distract you from then, starting right at the opening scene, with the pirates' boat mercilessly sunk by the Roman fleet. First surprise: the ill-fated red- bearded Captain is played by Gérard Jugnot. I don't know if it's a nod to the fact that he first wanted to direct the third live-adaptation (a project whose refusal lead to the 2008 disaster) but his presence is a way to come full circle with these bad memories. And the good omen is immediately confirmed by another reassuring presence: Fabrice Luchini as Julius Caesar.

Luchini is known as an intellectual actor whose trademark is to embark viewers into delirious monologues with deliberately histrionic gestures and over-the-top deliveries. He's so unlike Caesar, and the genuinely pedantic Delon, that the gag works by a simple contrast effect. Then the film goes faster with the conquest of Britannia (owing to the exploitation of their peculiar time schedules) and the story takes off when Jolithorax is assigned a mission to bring the magic potion to the last British village resisting the invaders. At that point, I was thinking that if the film maintained itself to this level, it would be all right, but then one sight made me 'uh-oh!' the Chief's Lutetian nephew, cocky as cowardly, Justfokix. Didn't he have his shining moment in the "Vikings" animated film already? What was he doing here?

Apparently, the screenwriters decided to inject the Vikings story as a subplot, and much to my surprise, not only it didn't distract from the British story line, but it kind of redeemed a few aspects I criticized from the "Vikings" animated film. I wish it could show Obelix throwing Justforkix off the bed, and that we could have the (in the book, magnificently drawn) scene where the poor frightened kid, laying on the ground, is surrounded by towering Vikings and their Chief solemnly asks him to scare them. I got these two parts and it felt like another loop-closing moment, the subplot perfectly grafted to the main story-line, almost improving what it could have been had it stuck on the comic-book material.

By the way, "Asterix in Britain" is a peculiar story, I just read the book and I realized that the animated film improved many parts of it, including the… McGuffin, just like the Vikings, when the director takes liberties with the story or insert characters, it's always for good pay-offs. There's an Indian migrant played by Atmen Kelif, Ophelia, Jolithorax' love interest played by a magnificent Charlotte Lebon, and the rigid and straight-laced Miss MacIntosh played by Valérie Lemercier. These additional characters, unlike the previous film, are integral to the story's appeal, because "God Save Britannia" is also a movie that deals with relationships, maybe more than any other Astérix adaptation.

The film questions the Gallic manners with women, the rivalry with Britons, and takes an iconoclast turn when Asterix realizes that his friendship with Obélix prevent him from enjoying his freedom or looking for a life partner of feminine persuasion. Edouard Baer, who was in Chabat's film, is an unforgettable Astérix and his chemistry with Obélix (Depardieu, who else?) leaves no doubt. Meanwhile, Justforkix has to prove his value as a man while Jolithorax, tries to overcome his "gentlemanly" rigidity, and Ophélia plays a central role in their 'evolution'. The film has the merit to play with things that the fans take for granted, and this is what we expect from an adaptation, to explore new dimensions.

The film was criticized for not taking too much risks, well, it did take a few gutsy moves with the characters, even making them more important than the plot itself and maybe it had good reasons to keep a low-profile, given how atrociously flashy was the predecessor, and for such a disastrous story. And maybe this is the greatest lesson the French can learn from the British, to learn to let some things 'understated'...
2016-05-18
France/Spain/Italy co-production about the immortal heroes , Asterix and his inseparable partner Obelix , from French comic-books
Amusing and fun adventure with Asterix and his faithful friend Obelix fighting Romans in Britain. This was the fourth live-action version of the popular Astérix & Obélix comic books . The diminutive Asterix (Edouard Baer who in 'Asterix and Cleopatra' played a role called Otis) and his rather larger companion Obelix (Gerard Depardieu) , warriors of the last village in Gaul still free after the Roman invasion, set out on a mission to deliver a barrel of their druid's famous magic potion to help Asterix's cousin in Britain fight off the invading Roman army . The year is approximately 50 B. C, Britain is entirely occupied by the Romans commanded by Julius Caesar . Well, not entirely..One small village of indomitable Bretons still holds out against the invaders . And the life is not easy for the Roman legionaries who garrison the fortified camps. Similarly happens on Gaul, where a small village located in Armorica live our friends, the intelligent hero Asterix, the menhir delivery and addicted to wild boar Obelix, the venerable Panoramix with his potion which gives the drinker incredible energy, the majestic,hot-tempered, brave chief of the tribe Abraracourcix... There come a Asterix's cousin asking for help against Romans. As always the perilous mission is immediately trusted to shrewd and cunning Asterix . Obelix, ready to drop everything and go off on a new adventure with Asterix and this time accompanied by Goudurix (Vincent Lacoste) and Jolitorax (Guillaume Gallienne de la Comédie Française) . Asterix and Obelix then cross the channel to help second-cousin face down Julius Caesar (Fabrici Luchini) and invading Romans . As they set out to deliver a barrel plenty of powerful potion getting superhuman strength and brewed by druid Panoramix . His mission transport it for the Britons and vanquish the invaders ; fighting , as always, against the stupid Romans , pirates and a mean Julius Caesar .

This is a nice adventure with hilarious moments here and there , and has Asterix and his inseparable friend battling , as usual, against silly Romans . Full of customs critical about actual British way of life and modern anachronisms that's common thing in comic books . The cartoon movie brilliantly captures the outrageous adventures, tongue-in-check, satire , absurd humour from original story with the same title and drawn by Albert Uderzo and writing credits by Rene Goscinny . Based on René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's "Asterix in Britain" and "Asterix and the Normans", both published in 1966 . As usual, on the finale the village people celebrating a wild party and eating boars in a gargantuan lunch . Being an European co-production there appears several known French actors such as Catherine Deneuve as Reine Cordelia , Charlotte Lebon as Ophélia , Dany Boon as Têtedepiaf , Jean Rochefort as Lucius Fouinus , Gérard Jugnot as Le Capitaine des pirates ; Spanish players such as Tristan Ulloa , Javivi and Italian such as Luca Zingaretti .

Jolly and lively musical score by Klaus Badlet with a catching song on the start and the ending . Colorful cinematography filmed on location in Wicklow Town, County Wicklow, Ireland , England, UK , France , Hungary and Malta . The motion picture was professionally directed by Laurent Tirard . This passable fourth entry shot in live acting was preceded by ¨Asterix vs Caesar¨ directed by Claude Zidi with Christian Clavier , Robert Benigni , Laetitia Casta , Arielle Dombasle , ¨Asterix and Cleopatra¨ by Alain Chabat with Monica Belucci , Jamel Debbouze ,Claude Rich , Marina Fois , Gérard Darmon and ¨Asterix and the Olympic Games¨ by Frederic Forrestier with Clovis Cornillac , Santiago Segura, Monica Cruz , Jean Pierre Castaldia and Janel Debouzze . The film appeal like to Asterix and Obelix fans , it's a funny entertaining for kids and grown-ups and nostalgics
2013-10-19
Good clean fun
In an era where we've been indundated with comic book-based movies, those Guallic warriors Asterix and Obelix have flown under the rader. Based on the classic French comic books, this is the fourth live-action movie, following 'Asterix and Obelix take on Ceasar' (1999),' Mission Cleopatra' (2002) and 'Asterix at the Olympic Games' (2008). While some of Asterix films can be quite cartoony and silly, 'Asterix and Obelix in Britain' is arguably the best of the series.

Based on the 'Asterix in Britain' comic book, it involves the Britons – who have been invaded by the dastardly Romans – seeking the Gauls and their magical potion for help. Of course, it falls to Asterix and Obelix, and their cowardly mentee Anticlimax (a bard more interested in romancing that battling) to travel to Britain and quell the Roman invasion (lead by a megalomaniac Julius Ceasar). Along the way Asterix and Obelix are nearly torn apart while fighting over women and meeting a tribe of Normans (Odin-worshipping Norse warriors), wanting to feel fear for the first time. Gérard Depardieu is Obelix for the fourth consecutive time. As usual he plays the role with gusto and childlike innocence, a perfect foil for the heroic Asterix. It's the friendship between the two heroes which makes the series so enjoyable, even when the closeness of their relationship is (jokingly) questioned.

The great thing about this film is the humor: while not as silly as previous films, it reflects the gentle satire and light-hearted tone of the comics. The Brits are depicted as uptight and obsessed with manners and etiquette while drinking their favourite beverage "hot water with a cloud of milk". Even while their village in being invaded by the Romans, the British guards don't bat an eye, instead talking about how hungry they are.

One of the strangest things about this films is it's completely in French; even the Romans, Normans and Britons speak French. It adds to the light-hearted feel of the film.

Needless to say, if you like the Asterix series, 'Asterix and Obelix in Britain' is worth watching.
2013-10-05
absolute waste of time! my childhood hero is ruined!
i couldn't believe what they did! Even by trying i have a hard time seeing how you can fail at making a movie to that point; I mean how hard can it be? If you look at the comic book, they had a plot, a storyboard, the costumes and the background ready to be used. they could have repeated the cartoon version word for word and release something that was better! firstly they make a Remarque of Asterix and Obelix as a homosexual couple (I am serious) as they apparently live in the same house (which they do not if the director read the comic carefully). Unlike the last movie there was not one love story that ruined the whole movie but TWO so twice the amount of boredom. the special effects were better in the Cleopatra movie. and the acting is awful. in the movie Goudrix(from Asterix and the Normans aka Asterix and the vikings(he looks like the complete opposite from the comic))wants to be with Jolitorax's fiancée(who was not in the cartoon), and so does Asterix for a while and at one point Jolitorax was completely in the nude. at that point I wanted to leave the room shocked for life ( I wish but I was actually stuck in there). so I suffered the whole movie. the actual story that the movie is based on takes around half an hour. the other hour is the stupid love story that was added on top. the cartoon version of this movie was absolutely brilliant although there is probably the translation problem (I saw it in French). if there was one good Asterix movie with actors, it's definitely the Cleopatra one. Asterix should not be treated as a kids cartoon. i actually enjoy the cartoon for its caricature of reality and of its subtle intelligent humor that is hard to find these days. i highly recommend this movie if you want to torture an Asterix fan or if you want to painfully waste an hour. the twilight saga seems all right next to this junk. avoid at all costs. I think of this movie as a mocking parody of the brilliant comic books and hopefully there will be a better one.( i said doubtfully).this is still an OK romantic comedy but it does not feel like you are watching an Asterix movie. to be honest by the end of it i forgot it was an Asterix movie. the worst of it all is the fact that they took away the friendship between the two characters. during 3/4 of the movie the two characters are irritated at each other. this is going against the rules of the Asterix series and that is a mistake that one should not do.
2012-11-05
A wonderful film - it needs to be released in the UK!
I was so shocked by the negative reviews of this film on IMDb that I signed up specially to praise it. I'm British, and I absolutely loved all the jokes about my home country, including the music, which is sometimes authentic and sometimes a sort of satire on British patriotic tunes. I don't read strip cartoons, so I don't know how close to the original it is, but it's excellent in its own right. The script is very good - there's all the legionnaires' comments on illegal immigrants (and the satirised illegal immigrant himself is a joy),not to mention Caesar's claptrap about civilising the barbarians. All utterly authentic ... And then there's the dreadful teenager Goudurix, who says everything dreadful British (and I suppose French) teenagers say and do. Does it really matter if he hints Astérix and Obélix might be gay? the film itself makes it clear they aren't, and anyway, gays are good. And there are all the little details, like the 'Godax' - 'Dogax' posters at the rugby match, and the fish and chip shop in Londinium, and the in-jokes about how the British and French see each other. I only gave the film 9 because I personally don't like Depardieu, but he does his job well - oh, and the opening titles are awful and totally unsuited to the film. But in general it's a joy, and it's a real pity most Brits will miss out on it because they wouldn't be able to understand it.
2012-11-14
Reasonable script - awfully filmed
I started watching this expecting to watch something similar to the old Asterix and Obelix films. This is totally different, but not in a good way (at least not for me).

The first annoying thing is the French used throughout the movie whenever someone from Britannia talks. I know they want to imitate Englishmen speaking French, but the result is horrible.

The scenes look awful. They look so artificial (the Galois village, the forest, the army). Even the grass looks artificial. Watch some scenes from the old Asterix movies (like Asterix vs Cesar or Asterix aux Jeux Olympiques) to see what I mean.

In the old movies, the characters were taking everything seriously in a comic way (remember Cesar, Brutus, Numerobis...). Here they give you the feeling that they don't really mean what they say, so much of the comic factor is artificial.

While I'd watch anytime one of the old Asterix movies, I will never see this one again.
2014-11-07
Great revel
The famous comics characters by Goscinny and Uderzo ride again, this time impersonated by real actors: Obélix by Gérard Depardieu who makes an excellent imitation of the comics character and Astérix by Edouard Baer who doesn't look much like his comics counterpart. The story portrays a pretended help asked by the Queen of Britain from those Gauls that have been resisting for so long in a small village to the Roman invasion since now Julius Caesar has invaded Britain which he intends to conquer. It develops itself in a continuous series of gags and funny situations with somewhat disguised references to political and social usages and practices of our present times. The dialogues above all convey those references on purpose which increases and enhances the funny nature of the respective scenes. For instance the Queen of Britain (performed by the great beautiful actress Catherine Deneuve) dresses practically like she could have dressed nowadays and wears a crown 100% identical to the present British Queen one. Some gags are very good some others not so funny. The special visual effects are first class. The final musical show in the end is fabulous. You may go to see this movie anyway with the assurance that you will have great fun.
2012-10-29
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