The second movie I went to see last Sunday. The Asterix franchise and me, we go way back. I was introduced to it fairly young, as my father is also a huge fan. In fact, he's a fan not only of this series, but also of Lucky Luke, another Franco-Belgian comic book series. A TV channel in my province likes to air the films from these two franchises (as well as Tintin) throughout December. I've seen every Asterix movie (not an achievement, there's only ten) and own four on DVD; as for the comic books, I lost track of how many I own. I don't have them all, but I do buy every new entry in the series when it comes out. It's usually a present for my dad. The Asterix franchise may be among the ones that give me the biggest feeling of nostalgia.
This movie was releaed in Europe in December 2018, we only got it in February on the other side of the ocean. I, of couse, went to see it in theaters with my father. No way we were going to miss that.
The Secret of the Magic Potion is less of an Asterix or Obelix movie. It actually seems to focus more on Getafix, the Gaul village's druid, the creator of the magic potion that gives the villagers that incredible strength that allows them to fend off the Roman invaders. It's nice to have a day in the limelight for other characters in the series sometimes. Getafix tends to be put aside, as he's usually shown with only two main traits: He's the wise old man of the village, and he makes the potion. This movie gives him a lot more personality than we usually see.
This film wastes no time, either, in showing the main conflict. While gathering ingredients in the forest, after rescuing a baby bird, Getafix falls off a tree. Now healing from a broken foot, he realizes his own mortality. After a few days, he realizes that he won't be there forever to make the magic potion for the village, and so he decides to go on a quest to find a worthy successor to whom he'll teach the recipe for the potion. Asterix and Obelix go with him, and Pectine, a young gadgeteer girl from the village, comes along after hiding in a small cauldron they were bringing with them.