The Adventures of Tintin: Movie Review

Friday, November 18th, 2011 6:11:48 by

The Adventures of Tintin: Movie Review

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of Unicorn is based on the comic book creation of the Belgian artist Herge, Tintin has long captivated the imagination of millions across the globe ever the first appearance in 1929. Steven Spielberg was so impressed
with Peter Jackson’s work in the Lord of the Rings that he collaborated with him to make this movie.  

The movie is based on three books – The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure. The screenplay, written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, mixes some of the elements from all
three books to narrate a tale of the spirited young reporter/adventurer Tintin and gruff and alcoholic seadog Captain Haddock (Serkis). 

Produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin with its spectacular animation and some beautiful staging takes you back to your childhood days. One of the drawbacks is that kids as well as adults are likely to get lost
and will not be able to keep up with Tintin’s thought process and adventure, though, Spielberg has beautifully captured Haddock’s hallucination trip. 

He has quite literally ‘breathed life’ to Herge’s characters, and to say in Spielberg’s own words, “This was the ‘best way to honour Herge.” 

Spielberg has kept the old European look of the film intact. A one-shot action sequence set in Morocco is amazing and stands out and the roller-coaster chase is captivating. 

The transitions of the scenes are fantastic; Spielberg has made sure to provide attention to every detail. The legendary John Williams makes a comeback with wonderful orchestral score. Williams has given the
Adventures of Tintin a unique musical interpretation. 

Comparisons invariably come with Tinin’s symphonic theme by Ray Parker, Jim Morgan and Tom Szczesniak, composed for the TV series, but none scores over the other, in fact they are perfect complements of time and technology, influencing their respective creations. 

The sophisticated computer animation effortlessly blends the voices, expressions and movements of the stars. The characters and the background vistas match with the original drawings that Herge did for his cartoons. 

However, it cannot be said that The Adventures of Tintin is without any folly. A few scenes are exaggerated and go over the top. However, one cannot deny that The Adventures of Tintin is an entertaining movie.

Overall, The Adventures of Tintin is a film worth watching with your kids! The animation looks breathtakingly beautiful in 3D on the big screen. With this, Spielberg has successfully reached out to a wider audience. 

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