Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin: movie review



The Adventure of Tintin
created by Herge

Tintin is an awesome character. Now I only own two of his comics: "Tintin in Tibet" and "The Shooting Star." Both are wonderful reads, but this review isn't about the comics. This is about the movie adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg.

Right off the bat, there's a nice nod to the comics as Tintin gets his caricature drawn in the middle of a street fair. It's here that he first comes across a model ship of the Unicorn. By nature, Tintin is extremely inquisitive. That's why he makes the perfect reporter. He wants to know as much as he can about this little ship and why, after he has purchased it, are so many people trying to get their hands on it.

The movie is nice and long. It felt similar to the way the comics read because of how much information we received. The movie takes the characters in a big circle and more than a mystery, it becomes a story of revenge. The animation was really well done. I think one of my favorite moments was when the large dog at the Haddock estate came barging toward Tintin. Snowy jumps in to save him, barking, and the larger dog flops over on his back and starts to play with the smaller dog.

Another point that I like was the way that the "camera" glided over the environments. It made the action sequences almost whimsical to watch. There was a lot of violence in this movie. Some of it was so over the top that it did take me out of the movie for a bit. I would see a man slam in to a light post and come away from it barely fazed and immediately be thrown from enjoying the story to becoming more conscious of the medium. The bumbling British cops were funny, especially once they confronted the local pick pocket thief. It was those details that made this film so special. Like, the "Nev-R-Break" glass... Which did eventually break.

Overall, I came away really enjoying the film. I definitely recommend it, not just as a kid/family movie. (There were a bunch of kids in the theater we went to.) Tintin is a stand up guy. He's got really cool hair and the smartest dog around. You should check it out for yourself. It gets an A- from me.

:)
-O.Pelaez

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