The Adventures of Tintin
A model ship. An abandon mansion. A pickpocket. A drunken captain. A mutinous first mate. A sword that looks like a walking cane. A clue. A mystery. A kidnapping. A plane crash. Guns. Fighting. Running. Hiding.
Tintin has stumbled across a mystery. Literally stumbled.
He bought a little model ship—the Unicorn—and it all started from there.
It won’t end before a clue is found, a man is dead, a wild journey is taken and a mystery is unravelled.
In My Opinion…
Company: Paramount Pictures
Just like the comics…
I loved it, really loved it. It was as if the characters stepped out of the comics—story line, looks, plots, personalities, language and quirks. The graphics were amazing. At times everything looked real, not just computerized, although the people (and especially Snowy) all kept a very animated look about them. But they all looked the same as the comics! (Sorry, but I find that amazing and exciting and fascinating all at once.) Tintin and Captain Haddock, the Thompson twins and even Nestor the butler.
Knowing the comics pretty well (okay, really well), I knew the plot and nothing jumped out at me or gave me a huge surprise. In fact, the ending seemed to spiral down almost too fast, too easy. They left it open for a sequel (or two or three). But the ending…it wrapped up without gripping drama or action or even conflict. The real conflict of the story ended quite a few minutes before the film finished.
They mixed a few of the comics too, but they did it well, all clean and clear, and it was exciting in a way seeing which comic would come next, where they found that last detail, how it would all fit together. The back flashes to Captain Haddock’s ancestors were excellent and entertaining. They slotted in with ease. No jerks. No confusion. The whole movie wove together, tight and organized.
It’s a great family movie, packed with action, drama and mystery. You won’t be confused if you’re not an avid Tintin-comic-reader. The intro (mixed with a black and white figures running and falling and having a story of their own, along with the main credits) could become a bit tedious if the movie ended up a well-watched favourite. But, having seen it only once, I enjoyed it.
Altogether, this is an excellent movie and I loved every minute.
(It’s so, so much like the comics!)