Les Visiteurs - DVD review
Fremantle DVD ((15) 225min)
As the film which famously out-grossed Jurassic Park in France on its homeland release in 1993, the original Les Visiteurs holds a special place in the hearts of Francophile cinemagoers. It’s really just a reasonably fun slapstick comedy of the sort which Hollywood churns out these days, albeit the one which introduced the talents of Jean Reno to a larger audience. As the noble Sir Godefrey, and aided by his weasely manservant Jacquouille (Christian Clavier), Reno plays the medieval fish out of water thrust into modern-day France with stoic charm, although the set pieces involved are by turns impishly clever and infuriatingly childish.
The unheralded 1998 sequel, subtitled: The Corridors of Time, is well-served by the fact that it reunites almost all the original cast while ramping up both the scatological quota and the Bill and Ted-style time travel concepts. Includes Les Visiteurs trailer. (David Pollock)