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Based on the Belgian creator Hergé’s popular children’s comic book series, The Adventures of Tintin, this is a
computer animated feature film by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, who teamed up to give Tintin the loving
special treatment that it deserves and hopefully kindle interest in the original comic books for a new generation of
children.

This movie is full of extremely detailed and fantastic action set pieces as you would expect from the directors of
such iconic action/adventures as the Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, and is fun for the whole
family while remaining true to the spirit of the comics.

There are story elements from three of the Tintin books fused together to make a blend of action packed
adventure sequences that take us to exotic locations around the world as Tintin, a young reporter, follows the
clues to a mysterious buried treasure and we are introduced to the main characters. I was under the impression
that, as there would not be enough action in one Tintin comic to base a whole movie on, the movie would be a
combination of two or three comics, and indeed that is what has been done, but the action set pieces are so
numerous and drawn out that only half the story arc from two comics is actually covered in the movie and we are
left hanging at the end. It is clear that the adventure continues with the next film.

The movie is a mix of very realistically rendered motion-capture performances from the actors used to play the
characters on the one hand, and extremely fantastic and unrealistically cartoonish action sequences on the other.
You get the feeling that you’re watching a live-action film at times and then a Disney cartoon at other times. The
John Williams music score is very evocative of the Indiana Jones soundtrack also by the great John Williams.

The staggering drunkard Captain Haddock, hilariously played by Andy Serkis, is the most fun to watch as he gets
our hero from one misadventure into another. The movie moves at a breakneck pace without stopping and has
plenty of stunning eye candy but could be a little overwhelming at times on the first viewing. The movie and the
viewer would probably benefit from multiple viewings; I know I would love to see this again on Blu-ray.

I saw this film in 3D but the 3D effects are mostly very subtle and probably not worth spending the extra money
on. I think it will be just as enjoyable in 2D and maybe even more so for some people who find the 3D effect
distracting and uncomfortable.

At the beginning of the film, watch for a wonderful homage to its comic creator in a cameo appearance as a street
portrait artist, painting a caricature of Tintin as he appears in the comics.



Tintin et Moi (Tintin and I) (2003) is a detailed, in-depth documentary about Hergé, the Belgian creator of the
popular children’s comic book series The Adventures of Tintin and the circumstances under which he was
sometimes forced to work when the company he worked for came under Nazi control during W.W. II. Never
having traveled to any of the placed that he so accurately depicts in his hero’s adventures, he meticulously
researched all the locations in books, newspapers and from people who had been there. This documentary is even
more interesting because it’s all based on an interview he did for a young student, years before, that he felt he
could open up to and talks intimately about his personal life and his creations.

JP

				
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