Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods ★★★½

Both of my parents were comic book collectors, and my mother was the one with the Asterix albums lying next to books - and albums with Tintin, Marsupilami and Modesty Blaise. I grew up reading about their violent adventures, and more than often you got a history lesson with it. And for a long time I felt like I had to choose; either you were a Tintin fan, or you were an Asterix and Obelix fan. But I just couldn't decide which one I liked the best, and I still can't.

The sad thing is that my (now) 4-year-old fell in love with Tintin right from the get-go, but no matter how hard I try I can't get him to feel the same way when it comes to the stories about Asterix and Obelix. And watching Asterix: The Land of the Gods with him was one of those unsuccessful attempts.

But let's talk about the movie itself, and in my opinion, it's the best Asterix movie that's been made since 1989 (and there've been some awful films made since then. Those live-action ones being the worst ). Finally, someone who gets what made the Asterix comics popular in the first place, staying pretty true to the comic book (The Mansion of Gods) and very true to the essence of Asterix in general. Maybe flirting a little bit more with the contemporary than with the historical aspects, but on the other hand that isn't something new to the series. And for me, it worked just as well as it did when our heroes were getting the Permit A 38 in 1976.

The 3D animations were something that I thought would be a problem, but Asterix: The Land of the Gods proved me wrong on that one. They're pretty, modern and still staying true to the comics. And overall I'm more than pleased with this one. In a couple of years I will definitely revisit it with my unappreciative son, in good company of the six first animated Asterix films.