The Adventures of Tintin… in 3D!
January 18, 2012 Leave a comment
It took just over three weeks, but I finally made it out to see The Adventures of Tintin… in 3D.
Adapted from The Secret of the Unicorn, the 11th comic book in the Tintin series by cartoonist Hergé, the movie, directed by Stephen Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, holds true to to the original relatively well. It starts off with Tintin (Jamie Bell), accompanied by his white dog Snowy as they look through the outdoor market, eventually coming upon an antique model ship, which he buys for a single pound. After making the purchase strange people start approaching him and eventually his journalistic instincts perk up after his house is ransacked and the ship stolen. So begins the adventure that sees him meet Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and travel by boat, plane and motorcycle in a story that has that Indiana Jones feel, but is also an innocent mystery like you’d expect from Tintin.
When it came to the graphics I thought the 3D would turn me off. At some points I was a bit irritated, but for the most part I thought the technology was used very well, and aside from the glasses being too small for my big head, I didn’t have much of an issue with it this time around. The motion-capture animation was brilliant and brings to life the many exciting scenes throughout the movie, like the plane crash in the Sahara, a dangerous motorcycle ride through a Moroccan village and even the flashback pirate fight on the Unicorn.
I didn’t really do much research into the actors for this one, for no reason in particular, but I was surprised to find out that Serkis and Daniel Craig were in it as Haddock and Sakharine. I couldn’t even tell it was either one of them, but especially Serkis who is a master of voices. I was also pleasantly surprised to hear the voices of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as the Thompson Twins. They added the comedic side story of clumsily searching for the pickpocket stealing the wallets of everyone in the city. Overall the acting was incredible and I think it was good that I wasn’t distracted trying to figure out who were behind the characters.
If you’re looking for a fun adventure movie this one definitely provides you with that. It’s basically non-stop action, save for a few scenes and it’s fun for the whole family, though there was a lot more guns and fighting than I had expected. It was the best non-comedy animated film that I’ve seen and I give The Adventures of Tintin 5/5. If you’ve seen it, let me know what you think in the comments!