In this animated 2D and 3D adaptation of one of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s adored comic books featuring Asterix, Obelix, Dogmatix, Getafix, Cacofonix and others, Roman emperor Julius Caesar is displeased that a small Gaulish village is preventing his complete takeover of the region. His plan is to deforest the woods close to their settlement and build The Mansions of the Gods, luxury towers for the Romans, thereby either driving away the Gauls or enticing them to the Mansions.

The Gauls of the village are famous for being indomitable after a few glugs of their druid’s secret magic potion, which makes the Roman army wary of them. But will the Gauls be able to fend off the Romans’ march towards development and the prospect of a luxury lifestyle?

Originally in French, dubbed in English, this action adventure touches on social issues such as environmental degradation, modernization, materialism and classism with a light, satirical touch. One subplot follows the slaves that work on the construction site and their version of revolution and emancipation. All of this is achieved with the quirks of these much loved characters intact (hunting boar, thrashing the Romans and sometimes each other). There is enough humour to appeal to the entire family. One of my favourite lines comes from Caesar when he finally admits defeat. He says, “Veni vidi… Well, you can’t vici them all."

Asterix: The Mansion of The Gods released in theatres on Friday.

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