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The Adventures of Tintin Review (2012)

The Adventures of Tintin Review

 

  It really seems that Hollywood's creative well runs very dry at times, how else can you account for the epidemic of sequelitus and ideas based off of properties that were never meant for the big screen.

 

Movie Math Hollywood Ideas

How do you think things like Battleship and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots er I mean Real Steel happen.    

 

  Along comes The Adventures of Tintin, a movie based off of an old popular and long running comic album (from 1929-1976) of the same name by artist Georges Remi, better known by his pen name Hergé.

 

  I nearly wrote this one completely off as a quick Hollywood cash out, especially since it was heavily promoted as an animated 3D film, by now we all know that 3D is just another gimmick to part you with more of your movie going money, with very little benefit added to the movie going experience.

 

   However when I heard of some of the big names attached to the film, names like Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, I paused and decided to give The Adventures of Tintin a shot. I was further surprised to learn that Spielberg had acquired the rights to make a Tintin movie back in the early 80's because he had been a fan of the Tintin stories.

 

   The Adventures of Tintin is a state of the art computer animated/ motion capture feature that was made with loving care and great attention to detail.

 

  One of the strongest aspects of the movie is that it is not watered down for the audience, a real treat in this day and age. It harkens back to the days of the classic pulp action adventure movies in the style of Spielberg's other great pulp tribute Indiana Jones.

 

  Our protagonist Tintin is a world renowned reporter who is constantly getting involved in fantastic adventures with his loyal four legged friend the fox terrier Snowy.

 

Snowy the fox terrier

Man's best friend.

 

  While out for the day Tintin comes across a merchant in the park selling left over odds and ends from the estate of an old sea captain, Tintin purchases a model of an old triple masted double deck man o' war named the "Unicorn" from the merchant.

 

Tintin with the Unicorn

Give me a ship and a star to sail her by.

 

  Almost immediately Tintin finds himself accosted by several people who wish to purchase the model from him. Just what is so special about this little wooden model?

 

   Unable to resist a mystery Tintin is drawn into a world spanning adventure as he unravels the secrets surrounding the Unicorn and becomes friends with Captain Haddock, who is the last of his line and a direct descendant of Sir Francis Haddock the original captain of the Unicorn.

 

tintin and haddock

 

  Don't let the PG rating and computer animation fool you; it was a refreshing change to see an animated American movie that contained everything that you would normally find in a live action pulp movie.

 

  The comedy and situations that the characters find themselves in can be very cartoonish and yet still believable. Not only do the villains and heroes use guns (a very rare sight in kid's movies these days), but Captain Haddock is shown as a raging alcoholic for a majority of the film.

 

A kid's movie where the villains have and use guns

We have secretly replaced this agent's gun with a walkie talkie let's see if the audience notices...

 

  When was the last time that you saw a kid's movie that was willing to take risks like that? Heck we even see characters die in this film! To not have this movie watered down allows it to be enjoyed by both children and adults. It becomes very apparent that Spielberg was an avid fan of the original Tintin stories; it takes a great love of the source material to produce the magic that is seen in this film.

 

  This is a computer animated/motion capture feature (you knew it had to be once the names Jackson and Serkis became linked with Tintin) that is absolutely gorgeous; a lot of work was put into even the tiniest of details. It is a joy to watch the movie more than once so that you can take the time to appreciate some of the small things going on in the background. The world that Tintin inhabits feels alive, maybe even more so than some live action movies I have seen recently.

 

  The voice acting in The Adventures of Tintin is top notch with many well known actors making appearances such as Jamie Bell (Tintin), Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock), Daniel Craig (Sakharine), Simon Pegg (Thompson), and Nick Frost (Thomson) just to name a few.

 

  The Adventures of Tintin is structured so that you do not need any foreknowledge of the classic comic albums, so both fans and non fans alike can jump right into the movie and enjoy themselves without fear of confusion.

 

  Even the music in Tintin is outstanding but could we expect less from a John Williams score?

 

  Overall a fun film that you can enjoy again and again, this is but the first in a planned trilogy of films. I cannot wait to see where Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock go next.

 

   Final verdict for The Adventures of Tintin 10/10 An instant classic not to be missed, pick it up on DVD or Blu-Ray today!

 

 ~Professor

 

 

 

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