Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Release Date: December 21, 2011 (2011-12-21)
Running Time: 107 minutes
MMPA rating: PG
The Good: Good action for an animated movie, Realistic computer generated animation,
The Bad: Too much unnecessary silly and cartoony scenes,
Plot: Tintin (Jamie Bell), a young journalist, and his dog Snowy are browsing in an outdoor market in a European town (scene starts off with a cameo of Hergé doing Tintin's portrait). Tintin buys a model of a three-masted sailing ship, the Unicorn, on the cheap, but is then immediately accosted by the sinister Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), and the mysterious figure of Barnaby (Joe Starr), who both try to buy the model from Tintin, without success. Tintin takes the ship home, but it is broken during a fight between Snowy and a neighbour's cat. As it breaks, a parchment scroll slips out of the ship's mast. Snowy spots it but is unable to alert Tintin. Meanwhile, incompetent detectives Thomson and Thompson (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg) are on the trail of a pickpocket, Aristides Silk (Toby Jones). Tintin visits Sakharine in Marlinspike Hall, where he learns that there are at least two model ships. Tintin puts the scroll in his wallet, only to have it (his wallet) stolen by a pickpocket.
Later, Tintin is shot at, then abducted by accomplices of Sakharine, and imprisoned on the SS Karaboudjan. On board, Tintin escapes and meets the ship's nominal captain, Haddock (Andy Serkis). Haddock has been supplied with whisky by first mate Allan (Daniel Mays), who is working for Sakharine, and the captain is permanently drunk, and doesn't know what's happening on board his ship. Tintin and Haddock (and Snowy) eventually escape from the Karaboudjan in a lifeboat. Sakharine sends a seaplane to find them, but Tintin is able to capture the plane, and fly towards the (fictitious) Moroccan port of Bagghar, but they crash in the desert. Watch the movie to see what happens next.
Plot: 7.0/10- The story was a little dull and not that interesting after the first half of the movie and some of the plot points seemed forced although that is expected in a kid's movie.
Action: 8.0/10- The action in The Adventures of Tintin was very good for an animated movie except for the ridiculous chase scene that looked more like a video game than a movie. Also the sword fighting was cool and I have not seen many animated movies have action this good outside of Star Wars the Clone Wars.
Acting: 7.2/10- As usual with Andy Serkis in any motion capture role, was great and played the cantankerous Captain Haddock well and Jamie Bell as Tintin was OK. But Daniel Craig's performance was disappointing.
Art Style: 9.7/10- Tintin one of the best looking animated movies ever made, using the motion capture technology very well. Also the use of animation allows for camera work that would be impossible with real cameras and uique transitions between scenes.
Soundtrack: 8.7/10- Although not one of John Williams' best soundtracks, it is still a good soundtrack.
Comedy: 7.8/10- Although there were a good many laughs, most of the humor was cheap and unnecessary.
Would I Watch This Again: No.
Tintin is a visual spectacle that lacks in story but is solid family entertainment.
Closing Comments: Despite the stunning visuals and fun action, The Adventures of Tintin's dull plot and childish humor kept it from being better than average.
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