Monday, January 2, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin review

The Adventures of Tintin is one of director Steven Spielberg's two movies out this year (the other is War Horse). Tintin is a massively popular comic brand in Europe and the film is already raked in over $200 million overseas. I've never read or even looked at a Tintin comic book, so I was unsure how much I would like this movie. But with Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson, Andy Serkis, and what looked like an Indiana Jones-like adventure, I was excited about the prospects of the film. I can't say it met my expectations.

The Adventures of Tintin stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, a young reporter, who just happens to have an apartment, a job, and a gun. Go figure. One day at a market, he buys a model ship and soon a bunch of people come up to Tintin and offer him money for the ship. One of the people is the villain, Sakharine (Daniel Craig). Tintin discovers that there is a clue to a treasure lost at sea. Soon, Tintin and his dog, Snowy are kidnapped and escape Sakharine's ship with the help of Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis). Soon, the trio are on an adventure to stop Sakharine from finding the treasure. 

The Adventures of Tintin uses motion capture in one of it's best uses yet. Tintin and this past summer's Rise of the Planet of the Apes prove that there is still life in motion capture and that it's wasn't finished with 2011's Mars needs Moms. The animation is highly detailed and the settings are very good. The Adventures of Tintin also has some pretty good thrills for a kids movie. There are multiple chases scenes and while some are thrilling, others feel repetitive and dull.

Unfortunately, the bad outweighs the good in The Adventures of Tintin. The so-called screenwriting "dream team" of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish have created the weakest part of the film: the story. The story is just bad. It gives you no good reason to stick with the story and see the film through until the end. It's paper thin. It's boring. And a real disappointment.

Tintin has been compared to director Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. The film is nowhere even close to that film. Raiders makes you stick to the story and keep watching until the end because you want Indy to defeat the Nazis and find the ark and get the girl. Tintin doesn't make you want Tintin to get the treasure and beat Sakharine. You don't care if Tintin dies. You don't care about any of the characters. It doesn't make you care about the story. Maybe it's because I haven't read the books and don't know the Tintin character. But all I know is that it definitely was boring to me.

I could be pretty harsh to Tintin and give it a worse grade than what I'm going to give it. But I'm going to give the film the benefit of the doubt and say that it wasn't that bad. It was just kind of boring to watch. I think Tintin is a great film for pre-teens but anyone older will not appreciate the lackluster story.




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