Part live-action, part computer-generated adventure comedy, Arthur and the Minimoys is typical family entertainment. Adapted from French filmmaker Luc Besson's books for children, the story is about a 10-year-old boy named Arthur who lives with his grandmother (Mia Farrow) in a country house. Following a series of clues left by his missing grandfather, Arthur ventures into the underground kingdom of the Minimoys, a society of tiny elves. Together with Selenia (voiced by Madonna), the princess of the Minimoys, Arthur battles the evil warlord Malthazar (David Bowie), who is planning to take over the community by flooding it. The film is full of action and romance, with Besson, who also directed, having a lot of fun with the material. The magical underground kingdom is portrayed in great detail, and the action set pieces have a Spielberg flavour that combines the thrills of a roller-coaster ride with spectacular special effects. However, despite its vibrant images and exuberant sound effects, the film lacks inventiveness and coherency. The story, jumping back and forth between the real world and the animated underground kingdom, gradually loses its focus, and many characters remain underdeveloped throughout. Arthur and the Minimoys is a typical Luc Besson film: loud but lacking in substance. In his other movies, the visuals - such as the spectacular futuristic car chase sequences in The Fifth Element and the cool shots of New York City in Leon - make up for this deficiency, but Besson's latest film just fails to capture the imagination.