Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down? Simple spoiler free reviews.
While shopping at an outdoor market, young reporter Tintin purchases a model of an old ship called The Unicorn. Immediately after a shady character named Sakharine tries to buy the model from him, but Tintin refuses his offer. Shortly after Tintin discovers that the ship contains a clue about a hidden treasure from the sunken ship and so the intrepid reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy set of on an adventure.
The Adventures of Tintin, also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is a 2011 film based on the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé of the same name. More specifically it was based around three of Hergé’s albums: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham’s Treasure (1944). The film uses 3D motion capture technology to create a computer animated version of the normally 2D stories.
Tintin was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson while it was written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. The cast includes Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
So the first thing to mention about Tintin is that it’s actually not just an adventure movie, it very quickly becomes a full blown action flick. It’s incredibly fast paced and this busy film rarely stops to breathe. Now I’m not claiming to be the worlds leading expert on Tintin by any means, but that doesn’t seem quite right to me.
That said, it’s a hell of a lot of fun and I had a really good time watching it. So much so that I now own it on DVD. Tintin sets itself out very early to be somewhat of a young Indiana Jones, which is somewhat poetic as Spielberg is said to have been influenced by Tintin while making those films.
Tintin also features probably the best uses of motion capture technology that I’ve seen in a long time (Lord of the Ring and The Hobbit excluded), it’s much better than efforts like The Polar Express. The animated style we see is somewhat realistic while also leaning towards cartoony. I like it a lot. It also means that with its look the films CGI will stand the test of time very nicely.
Jamie Bell is great a Tintin as are Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock) and Daniel Craig (Sakharine) respectively. It’s not all perfect by any means though, Simon and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thompson fall flat with their inept buffoonery as often as they pull it off. This is probably more likely down to the script however as they are both very talented actors.
The story is entertaining and the plot filled with wacky characters, while the action scenes often lean towards the ridiculous. Snowy as ever is the real star of the show. Overall, it’s a fun ride that the whole family can enjoy especially the kids. Worth a watch.