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The Adventures of Tintin
- Director: Steven Spielberg
- Release Date: Dec 2011
- Run Time: 104
- Genre: Animation
The Adventures of Tintin is Spielberg’s lively 3D Motion Capture interpretation of Herge’s famous Tintin comic book. The story is a simple one of ‘the-hunt-for-lost-treasure’ but it is told in such an action-packed and suspense-ridden manner one can’t help but to enjoy oneself throughout the movie.
Tintin (voice talents of Jamie Bell) is a young journalist with a faithful white dog, snowy. He unknowingly stumbles across a valuable clue in form of a scroll that is contained in a ship model he purchases. The scroll is necessary for finding Sir Francis Haddock’s lost treasure. He is abducted by the evil Sakharine (voice talents of Daniel Craig) who is hell bent on finding the treasure. For this, he and his dog are abducted and imprisoned on a ship. This is how he meets Haddock, descendant of Sir Francis Haddock. Haddock is the ship’s quasi captain who is ever-drunk and oblivious to the on-goings in his ship. The three (Tintin, Haddock and Snowy) escape on a lifeboat and Haddock, in a moment of sobriety, tells them the story of the lost treasure. They then decide to make an adventure of it all and find the other missing scrolls to get information on where the treasure is located and find it. This is how the odd but magical friendship between a wide-eyed journalist and a drunken captain begins.
Even viewers with no previous knowledge of the Tintin comic book will easily follow this movie. The movie is packed with action scenes, the best one yet culminating at the end on a getaway scene involving Tintin on a motorbike cruising down a hill in hot pursuit of one of the scrolls. Tintin is a loveable hero, a young boy full of courage and though heart-warmingly naïve, manages to outdo the “bad guys” through sheer wit and smarts. This movie will have you rooting for him all the way to the end. The movie hints of a sequel to come, as the adventure of the unlikely friends is not yet over.
However, the 3D effects in the movie are nothing to write home about, with little “popping” 3D moments. It may not be worth it to pay the extra for the 3D effects as they are wanting. Also, Haddock comes across as excessive, his character much more overdone as compared to the comic book. All in all however, this is a movie worthy of two hours of your time.