At the Gaumont-Pathé des Champs-Élysées, in Paris, we don't rush to discover the third part of “OSS 117: Red alert in black Africa” on display this Wednesday afternoon.
Ditto at the UGC Ciné Cité Les Halles.
QR code in one hand, ticket in the other, spectators have their sanitary pass checked before entering the dark rooms.
Here, we do not check their identity card.
And the stupid hero camped by Jean Dujardin, alias Hubert Bonisseur de La Bath, does not have all the favors.
Many moviegoers opt instead for “American Nightmare 5: Without Limits”.
When the lights go out, room number 1 of the Parisian cinema complex assigned to “OSS 117” is half full for the early afternoon screening.
Teenagers, retirees or entire families came to experience the trip to Africa of the most offbeat French secret agent.
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After 1h56 of incredible adventures, the masked faces brighten up.
Laughs erupted during the screening, but first impressions are mixed.
“I was waiting for this film, I had a lot of hope and finally it is a disappointment, assures Daria.
The story is too simplistic and the energy is not the same.
The positive point is the performance of Jean Dujardin and that of Pierre Niney who save history, ”continues the 20-year-old student, who confides that she really liked“ La belle époque ”, the previous film by the director, Nicolas. Bedos.
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Same reserve for Laura, a 49-year-old Parisian. "It's not unpleasant, we had a good time but things are running out of steam," explains this cinephile. I do not come out disappointed because I was already not expecting much. It was more curiosity that attracted me. For Louise, her 17-year-old daughter, "it's still nice but the spirit of the first films is lost". The teenager adds with second degree: “We went from machismo to racism. "
Ikrame and his brother Idriss are less forgiving. Of Senegalese origin, they felt concerned and offended by some risky spies of the spy. "Just to talk about Africa in the general sense and not to mention a country in particular is rather simplistic", explains the young woman of 24 years. But for Samuel, the spirit of OSS 117 is also that. “It's Hubert as we like it! I found it very fit and striking in this third opus, ”launches the forty-something, accompanied by his young boy. Rayan, 16, discovered OSS 117 for the first time: “There was a lot of noise around the release of this film and ultimately not much. "