The Adventures of Tintin Review: Share the Love
Before the release of the new Steven Spielberg animated film, I’d never heard of The Adventures of Tintin. (Now I’m completely ignoring an appearance on CBS’s The Amazing Race, which I took as a well-placed bit of advertising for an upcoming film that they’re probably getting a kickback on, but cynicism aside.)
The Adventures of Tintin has long been a beloved icon with our friends across the pond. Since the 1920s Europe has embraced Tintin in a series of comic books, movies, television and radio shows. This popularity has led to the series making its much delayed U.S. premiere with the film titled aptly The Adventures of Tintin. And after watching this movie I can only shake my head and say this: ‘just like the Brits, to keep all the good stuff to themselves.’
The Adventures of Tintin follows Tintin, a famous boy journalist who unknowingly falls into a treasure hunt. One day Tintin is out in the market when he buys a model ship, the Unicorn. Soon after its purchase, Tintin is met by two men, one who warns Tintin against owning the ship and another who wants to buy the ship no matter the price. Tintin walks away from the market with misgivings and curiosity about his new purchase. Being the inquisitive being that he is, Tintin decides to uncover the secret of the Unicorn just as the unknown buyer decides to take drastic steps in order to ensure that the he possesses the treasure hidden in the Unicorn.
The Adventures of Tintin is a wonderful movie; it’s got action, adventure, beautiful scenery, and engaging characters. The movie is largely carried by the spirit of its remarkable young protagonist. Tintin, voiced by Jamie Bell, is a hero we can all get behind. He’s smart, ingenious, with a never give up spirit that is incredibly admirable. He is a wonderful example to kids and adults alike. While watching this film I couldn’t help but wonder why in the world this was hidden from us for so long. Tintin is an inspiring character and I look forward to seeing more of him in the future.
Other characters include Thompson and Thompson, voiced by Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, a pair of incompetent detectives who couldn’t catch a thief if he confessed it to them. The drunken Captain Haddock (Andy Serkins) who’s drowning his feelings of inadequacy in the nearest bottle of whiskey. Daniel Craig plays the villain of the film, Ivan Sakharine, a man of vengeance carrying a murky past. All of the voice actors do a great job enlivening these awesome characters. And I’d be incredibly remiss if I didn’t mention Snowy, who although a dog, is just as much a character as any other. He’s just as lovable.
The Adventures of TinTin is a computer animated film and very well done. I honestly don’t believe that I’ve seen a more beautifully animated film. The depth and detail to the images is quite astounding and is worthy of a recommendation all on its own. The film is directed by Steven Spielberg, with Peter Jackson serving as producer, and with two such names attached there is no surprise that TinTin is a rousing adventure tale that shouldn’t be missed.
Images courtesy of Paramount Pictures and IMDb Pro.