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The bigger the screen the better!
on July 28, 2012
I wasn't familiar with the comic book(s) Lucky Luke, but who doesn't like a good western? To be honest, I bought the film mostly for Jean Dujardin, and he does not disappoint! But I also love the artistry in this movie. It's gorgeous to look at (You'll never see a better use of the art of matte paintings)and the characters are funny and very comic-book like. Jean Dujardin is perfect as the virile, scruffy, tender and honorable title character. He can shoot a gun like no one else, and his nifty horse Jolly can take him waterskiing! Pre-The Artist, Dujardin's Luke is also a man of few words, but when he speaks in his quiet drawl, everyone listens - Daisy Townsfolk, Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, The American President, and an especially verbose, Shakespeare-spewing Jesse James. Jean Dujardin's real life wife Alexandra Lamy is perfect as the stunning Belle. Their scenes together are totally charming. The only disappointment with this DVD, and for me it's huge, is that while the movie is subtitled for the english speaking audiences, the bonus features are NOT. I watched with great interest as the directors and special effects artists discussed the creation of certain scenes and the look of the film - alas, I'll never know the whole story (unless I can learn beaucoups French). But the photos taken during the shoot were stunning and worth watching. And watching Jean crack up in outtakes (if you've seen OSS117 - Nest of Spies, you know what I'm talking about) can make your own stomach sore from laughing. My other regret is that I never had an opportunity to see this in theatrical release - It must have been such a treat! The art direction and costumes are great. There are some camera angles and set pieces that look very much like comic book illustrations. Great for kids, adults and lovers of the western genre. I highly reccommend it - imagine - a cowboy who can shoot but would much rather draw and sing! Magnifique! How do you say sexy cowboy in French?