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Barbarella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody Review  

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8/24/2021 10:30 pm
Barbarella XXX: An Axel Braun Parody Review

Released by Wicked Pictures in 2015. Directed by Axel Braun. Runtime: 80 minutes.

This basically follows the plot of Barbarella (196. Barbarella must find the scientist Durand Durand and depose the great tyrant, the Black Queen. Story Grade: C.

This was presumably shot on digital video. Medium Grade: B+.

Sets were fairly sparsely decorated. The pink shag carpet in Barbarella's spacecraft could been seen lifting up. The exteriors looked phony. Green screen usage was obvious. The stingray ship set would later be used as the Batcave in Supergirl XXX. Set Design Grade: D+.

The Japanese version is softcore, so no genitalia is exposed. Performers stayed mostly clothed, except for Asa Akira in the final scene. Riley Steele just seemed to be going through the motions in the second scene. Asa Akira was over the top with her moaning in the scene with Rachel Midori. At one point, Rachel Midori seemed to look toward the crew. Sexual Performances Grade: C-.

There were good line deliveries from Evan Stone, Eric Masterson, and James Bartholet. Riley Steele plays ditsy well. Perhaps the biggest laugh came from the line, "The revolution is under-funded," spoken by Ron Jeremy. James Bartholet's keyboard playing was obviously phony. Acting Grade: B-.

Alec Knight's wolf costume looked strange, but all the other costumes looked pretty decent. Wardrobe/Make-up Grade: B+.

Nothing particularly outstanding or distracting occurred with the lighting except for the flashing light during the final sex scene. Lighting Grade: A-.

A parody song played during the opening credits. Ambient sounds played during some of the sex scenes, while others had music. There was a wonky music cue at the conclusion of the scene in which Barbarella and the Black Queen meet. The soundtrack was disjointed during the final sex scene. Sound Grade: C.

Some scenes took place in Arctic-like areas, yet no breath could be seen. The shadow of a crew member could be seen in the throne room scene. Some elements of the story didn't make sense, like how Barbarella knew the Queen. Characters would appear at the beginning of scenes and then somehow vanish. The final sex scene had multiple sudden cuts which were jarring in sight and sound. The flow of Barbarella's story is interrupted once she is ensnared in a net, with the next scene focused on other characters. The quoting of Duran Duran<b> lyrics </font></b>added humour. Directing Grade: C-.

Given the effort utilized to mimic the 1968 film Barbarella, and the time spent developing costumes, there is definitely some artistic merit here. The zero gravity intro worked out pretty well. Artistic Merit Grade: A-.

Overall Grade: B-.



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