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Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Flat animated tale has moments of peril, cartoon violence.

Movie PG 2019 87 minutes
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This sequel will disappoint long-term Asterix fans and fail to engage new audiences. In choosing to deviate from the original source material of René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo's comic books, Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion starts from a somewhat blank canvas. Unfortunately while it explores new territory -- Getafix (or Panoramix if you're watching the French version) is very much the lead in this movie -- it fails to recapture the magic of the much loved books.

Asterix and Obelix are mere support acts -- Asterix in particular does little more than throw the occasional tantrum -- and while the introduction of Pectin, a young girl fighting for acceptance in a "man's world" has potential, it's never fulfilled. There's the occasional funny scene and some moments of jeopardy that feel appropriate for the target age range. But ultimately the result is a confusing story with plot lines barely holding together.

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