Film Review: The Adventures of Tintin

| 26 December , 2011 | Reply

Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Staring: Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
Sassi\’s Star Rating: 3.5/5

Hergé\’s boy journalist has transformed into the Indiana Jones for the younger generations in this modern take on The Adventures of Tintin. Based on three 1940\’s era Tintin comics The Crab with the Golden Claw, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham\’s Treasure; you\’ll be on the edge of your seat as Tintin, Captain Haddock, and Snowy take you on one wild ride.

Whilst browsing in an open air flea market, Tintin comes across a perfect model of an old sailing ship, The Unicorn, for just one pound. But as soon as he buys the ship he is approached by a dangerous stranger (the devious Sakharine played by Daniel Craig) who will seemingly stop at nothing to get his hands on the reconstruction. Tintin refuses to give up the ship but after his apartment is ransacked the boy journalist knows that there is more to these strange events then meets the eye. Tintin soon discovers that his ship is one of three models made of famous ship The Unicorn, all of which contain a hidden map that may point to the location of its immense sunken treasure.

Tintin and his sidekick, the scene-stealing Snowy, embark on an epic adventure around the world in pursuit of the other maps and the treasure. But they are in a race against time and the evil Sakharine, who would like nothing more then to see them in harm\’s way. On the way they meet Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) a descendant of the captain of the original Unicorn, a pitiful alcoholic failing to live up to the tradition of his ancestor.

The 3D motion capture animation is remarkable, and unquestionably an impressive technical triumph. Yet personally there were times when it kept this reviewer at a distance. The amazing animation was completed by New Zealand\’s Weta Digital, the company co-founded by Peter Jackson (who manned the producer post for this film) and they give any live action film a run for its money with a nail biting race scene through the streets of a beautiful Moroccan port town.

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost score laughs as the bumbling detectives Thompson and Thompson, hot on the tails of a mysterious pick pocket but doing more to complicate the case then solve it. Their subplot feels detached from the central mystery but their warm presence is welcomed in a film that might push the patience of very young children.

The Adventures of Tintin is a great film for boys and their fathers (and girls and their mothers of course). Action packed adventure without any yucky romance to get in the way this is a sure fire hit for holiday entertainment.

The Adventures of Tintin is in cinemas now.


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