Arthur and the Minimoys is a part-live action and part-3D animation film adaptation of the children book with the same name. The book, released in 2002, is surprisingly written by Luc Basson, the renowned French filmmaker whose previous works includes The Fifth Element and Nikita. He also directed this movie himself, thus the film is perfectly interpreted. Set in 1960, the movie tells a story of a ten-year-old boy Arthur who lives with his Grandmother. Their house is at the verge of being taken over so Arthur decides to find a treasure of his Grandfather, buried somewhere in their garden. Upon searching for a clue, he stumbles upon a land of the Minimoys, tiny people living underneath the ground of their land.
The plot and the storyline is simple and predictable. Well, it’s a children story with so many resemblances with the classics – a sword in a stone, the evil against the good, etc. The live action part of at the beginning of the film is somehow boring. However, once Arthur meets the Minimoys and the film shifts to the 3D animation, it’s getting better. The computer graphic is smooth and eye-popping. Thanks to lots of fast-pace action sequences, the film is getting exciting and enjoyable. I really enjoy the scenes of the Minimoys fighting on the record player. The film also features an exceptional ensemble of voice-over cast including Madonna, Robert De Nero, Snoop Dogg and David Bowie.
All in all, this is a film for children and adults who are young at heart. Set aside the story, the film is enjoyable to watch.
3 Stars out of 5 – recommend for family (with young children) entertainment.