ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, THE (2011)

ADVENTURES OF TINTIN, THE (2011) 3

Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish
Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Daniel Craig
Studio: Paramount/Columbia

After discovering an elegant model of the ship the ‘Unicorn’ at a market, Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy are intrigued as to why so many desire it, and comment on the secrets it holds. When the model is stolen, more information surfaces and the pair set out to discover the truth, teaming up, after a surprise meeting, with the boisterous drunkard Captain Haddock. The group’s adventure spans the globe, with each destination bringing more danger and that crucial step closer towards unravelling the mystery.

From the moment the picture opens, the film’s tone and mood is set: mystery and adventure merged with fun and frolics. The classy, hand-drawn, animated titles use the signature silhouette imagery with style and sophistication, making the wit and wonder evident even before audiences have graced their eyes on the monumental motion capture work.

Daniel Craig is unrecognizable as the main villain Sacharine. Although his voice did jump to his normal voice in one line but otherwise you didn’t know it was him. Of course I can’t forget to mention the lovable dog, Snowy. He steals almost every scene that he is in. He is very realistic, he acts like a real dog and even gets his own chase scene. I’m telling you will adore this dog.

The animation is magnificent, the motion capture has gone a long way since The Polar Express. It looks very realistic, especially all the features on Captain Haddock’s face. The beard, the wrinkles and the eyes, they all looked amazing. Especially the eyes, they aren’t so dead-eyed anymore as in The Polar Express.

Tintin as a character has his limits, dramatically speaking, and even Hergé knew that… It is actually the reason for the appearance of Captain Haddock after a few albums. Haddock is the dark side of Tintin, prone to anger and shouting insults, hard drinker, natural born loser… Far from a being just a comical sidekick, Haddock is the human counterpart to the flawless hero that Tintin is. The movie has the intelligence of starting off the big screen adventures of Tintin with the two meeting up and becoming friends, a real turning point in the continued adventures of Tintin.

The movie also deftly skips what could have been a typically Hollywoodish mistake of giving Tintin exposition. But none of that nonsense here. Tintin is a reporter, that’s all you need to know. That’s all the comics ever told us about him. None of them ever showed Tintin doing actual reporter work. I don’t think he ever used a typewriter, he has no boss, no workplace. Tintin just finds himself where adventure is. Because he’s a reporter. Hergé never needed more, kudos for the guys behind this movie for keeping true to that. It will be held against them, but that will be coming from people who don’t know the original material.

RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!

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