You know when you can’t get a movie out of your head for days after you watched it? Whether or not it was the most amazing movie ever created, or the most riveting and believable plot line, it was the kind of thing that entertained you enough that you wanted to share it with others. When this happens to me I know that it will probably end up in my DVD/Blu-ray collection one day. Although The Adventures of Tintin was no mind bending film, I really enjoyed it and will one day force it on my kids.
Tintin is an age old comic character. He is a reporter with a propensity for getting himself into trouble, but also for solving giant mysteries. He’s kind of like the comic strip/boy version of Nancy Drew, or a kid’s version of Indiana Jones. It has taken a long time for him to come to the big screen, but who better to take him there than Steven Spielberg?
In this tale, Tintin and his faithful canine Snowy find a beautiful model ship at a flea market, but immediately after purchasing it they are doused in the mystery and adventure of the craft. It seems several people are after this very ship, and they might even kill to keep its secret safe. Not able to let it rest, Tintin and Snowy are off immediately! Through high seas and deserts, accompanied by a drunk Captain Haddock, they pursue the clues and culprits through many dangers, but always pervail with Tintin’s uncanny ability to do anything he sets his mind to.
There have been a lot of negative reviews about the animation (motion capture) of this film, some even going to far as to say it should have just been live action if they weren’t going to stick with the same style as the comic. I quite disagree. I really thought that the animation was absolutely brilliant. It brought a realness to it that I quite liked, and the comic qualities were definitely still present in the two comic reliefs, Thomson and Thompson.
The John Williams score was unforunately a bit forgetable, which is interesting as it was the film’s only nomination. The plot line is rather simplistic, and at times Tintin’s motivation to continue the investigation seems a bit… unmotivated, for lack of a better word. For the most part, I could see it being a great movie for boys. In terms of editing there are some really top notch animated transitions. My favourite was when Captain Haddock’s mirage came to life before our eyes–endless rolling sand dunes morph into a rough sea carrying a gorgeous tall ship.
With voices from Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, and Simon Pegg–among others–you can be sure you are in for a classic Spielberg, feel good adventure story. The only difference is that it is animated!
I would definitely recommend this one, especially if you have kids.