The Adventures of Tintin Reviews
Good movie though. Kinda wish I had seen it in all of its 3D glory in theaters.
Even though I like the fourth Indiana Jones film, this is probably what a lot of people were hoping it would be like, and disappointed that it wasn't. There are a few moments of rest, but for the most part it's all GO GO GO and hardly ever slows down. There's still time for development of course, but the film is all about filling this film to the max with fun and excitement.
The stroy follows young adventurous journalist Tin Tin and his faithful dog Snowy as the get swept up into a mystery involving modle ships and the legend (and curse) of bureid treasure and high seas intrigue. There's all sorts of globe trotting, exotic locations, and many many awesome action set pieces. That this is an animated film lets them really get stylized and take the edge off believability, which is cool, too. Although, to be fair, it doesn't get THAT unrealistic. There's nothing supernatural, just extraordinary. For an animated film, this also has some of the best conematography and camera work I've seen in a while.
The voice cast is top notch, with Jamie Bell in the lead, Daniel Craig as the antagonist, and Andy Serkis as the key player to the mystery. Nick Frost and SImon Pegg also appear, and while they do provide some fun comedic relief, I really didn't think that they (or their purpose) were all that necessary. I'm fine with humor, but they kinda over did it to a degree.
WIlliams once again delivers brilliance in the music department, and the opening credits just sizzle. Considering that this is directed by Spielberg, but also had involvement from Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, and Peter Jackson, this could have easily failed due to too many cooks in the kitchen. Luckily, this pays off, and we get one of the most entertainign and enjoyable action romps as of the past couple of years.
Definitely give this a watch. It rocks!
Good animated film! The action scenes are brilliantly written and directed, the angles of the camera, the drive of the action scenes, timing of all the jokes(physical or visual) is genius. Because Spielberg is a genius. He is the master of adventure movies and there never will be another genius in adventure movies like him. Overall Spielberg has created an old-fashioned style adventure movie for the whole family to enjoy, where the important things are just the hunt for the treasure, the friendship two people can make and the most important thing of all that it is an entertaining ride. Spielberg never disappoints, it doesn't matter if you are a fan of Tintin or not, you will enjoy this film nonetheless. Go see it!
Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the Milanese Nightingale to secure the third. With aid from bumbling Interpol agents the Thompson Twins our boy hero, his dog and the captain must prevent Sakharine from obtaining all three scrolls to fulfil the prophesy that only the last of the Haddocks can discover the treasure's whereabouts.
Nate's Grade: A-
I suspect this is a movie for boys (and much older boys who grew up with the comic version).
Though the movie looks good visually, I found something a little off and creepy about the characters. The plot is also pretty week (admittedly I never read this, so maybe it's just following it's source). I am probably a bad person to review this as it is not the kind of movie I enjoy to start with. I like a movie with real people in it and I don't care which star does the voices - I could do that, doesn't take a lot of talent!
Man, it's been a while Spielberg. After such a long hiatus from the director's chair (his last movie he's directed [that was actually good] was "Munich"), I was surprised how quickly I became familiar and found my niche with Spielberg's specific direction style. He hasn't lost his touch; in fact, "The Adventures of Tintin" more than proves that he's earned his reputation to be one of the most influential moviemakers of all time. The direction's top-notch; just when the hectic, frenetic action seems to overstay its want, the movie slows down. In other words, the pacing's pitch-perfect (except for the final scene).
Every scene is a spectacle due to the crisp cinematography, realistic animation due to the mo-cap technology, and the phenomenal acting performances. This is, by far, the best looking animated movie ever. The most minute facial twitches are captured through mo-cap and the results are compelling. So when this same superb quality of animation translates into the action scenes, one can't help but to be overwhelmingly astonished by the results. Let me tell you straight up: These action scenes are so immaculately choreographed that it rivals all of the action-blockbusters that are coming out nowadays. It's THAT good. The action's in-your-face, but not rambunctious; the action's over-the-top, but not sloppy... The action's absolutely riveting. There's one particular scene that sure stole the entire movie for everyone: it's a one-shot epic action set-piece that draws out for at least 3 minutes of non-stop, insane, and ferociously entertaining action. By the end of this scene, I couldn't help but to give an applause.
Through and through, "The Adventures of Tintin" is by far, one of the most entertaining films I've seen in a very long time. If the highest Hollywood blockbusters had a certain caliber to meet, "The Adventures of Tintin" would be it. There's a certain magic in all the action that many action movies fail to meet up to. In the end, this film convincingly helps us viewers remember the kid that once lived and wanted the MOST enjoyable movie of all time to come out again. Yeah, it's lacking a lot of heart and a thematic foundation, but this is one hell of a blockbuster.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Summary: Blockbuster filmmakers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson team up for this 3-D motion capture adaptation of Georges Remi's classic comic strip, centered around the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his trusty dog, Snowy. Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Mackenzie Crook and Cary Elwes also lend their talents to this action-packed family adventure.
My Thoughts: "A great adventure for the family to enjoy. My nephew absolutely loved this movie and was in hysterics throughout. He just loved Captain Haddock. He also enjoyed the clumsy Thompson twin policeman. It had the adventure essence of Indiana Jones. So if your looking for a fun entertaining film to watch with the kids, or if your a fan of the comic, I think you won't be disappointed with this movie. Spielberg did a fantastic job with this movie. See it if you get the chance."
But where the film falters is in it's narrative. It didn't draw me in and I wasn't invested in the mystery or the intricacies of the plot. The action and break-neck pace move the film in a grand way, but I didn't care about the outcome.
But, did this lack of pull detract from the picture? A bit, but honestly I didn't have the time to care, because Spielberg continually seduces with the promise of a bigger and better set piece around the corner. He delivers, and the film is a memorable one because of it.
I'd love to see a sequel happen at some point.