Directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Steven Moffar and Edgar Wright. Tintin is the adapation of the famous comic book series created by Herge.
Herge is supposed to have said before he passed away that if anyone could direct a Tintin film it was Spielberg, he wasn’t wrong. The plot follows the reporter Tintin and his Dog as they travel the world looking for adventure.
One of the main reasons I saw this was due to the technological advances that this film produces. Unlike other animated films this was done to a greater extent using green screen and motion caption for the actors. So though the cast does not look like the people they portray the motions are what the actors brought to this piece. The whole thing is done perfectly, attempts at this have been made in the past, not to such an extent but in more basic formates. Such as the Polar Express though they end up being creepy and poorly done.
This is simply beautiful, you can see what it took them so many years to do this, from the water to the hair to the facial expressions this film is amazing to watch simply from how it looks. Credit is very much given to the people working behind the scenes as they did a perfect Job of the whole thing. The beauty is both in the small details and the much bigger ones.
Jamie Bell stars as Tintin, judging from Tintin’s facial expressions he does perform well, sometimes a little over the top but it suits the nature of this film. Andy Serkis plays Captain Haddock and there is something in the performance which makes it better, perhaps to due to Serkis’s many experiences with CGI. Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are excellent Thompson and Thompson though I feel they deserve more screen time. Daniel Craig is the evil Sakharine and does a good job, modifying his voice slightly with great effect.
One thing which is clear throughout the film is that it’s very much the Indiana Jones for the children, in the sense of a normal job being turned into one huge adventure, travelling across the lands and meeting different people from all of the world. From an adult perspective, unless you are a very keen Tintin fan this film goes on a tad too long. What also makes this an Indiana film for kids is that no one appears to be able to shot anything or anyone nearly 90% of the time.
To start with you are amazed by the CGI which carries you for the entire film, however half way through it gets a tad boring and dull due to the plot. Exciting for the kids, tedious for the adults. The things to watch out for once you have moved past being amazed by the CGI are the chase scenes.
The way the action and chase scenes are filmed wakes you and demands attention be paid, which you do with enjoyment. The plot itself is a bit basic, suitable for kids but adults will want a couple more interesting turns to be thrown in. Snowy the dog is very entertaining for his movements and his chase scenes are excellent to watch.
The script it’s self is exactly how it was in the comics so stays true to the source material in that respect. All along the film, particularly at the beginning there are little reminders to the comics which is a nice touch. One strange thing I found is that I do know how the cast looked in the comics but only with Haddock at the end can you really picture him back in the comics.
No doubt there will be a second and possibly third with talks already happening, such a vast amount of source material it would be strange not to.
OVERALL *** Those who are fans of the CGI genre will want to see this as will the fans of Tintin, for the adults who aren’t fans. It’s a good film but feel free to skip some of the more boring scenes you won’t miss much of the plot.