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The Adventures of Tintin: Movie Review

Submitted by on December 30, 2011 – 9:42 amOne Comment
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Steven Spielberg‘s latest epic (and first full length animated film), The Adventures of Tintin, is a funny and surprisingly grown up adventure that is still appropriate for the whole family. It brings to life a beloved hero from Hergé’s classic comic books, imbuing him with all the energy, spunk, and dry wit that could be hoped for.

I’m talking, of course, about Snowy, the fox terrier who seems to save his owner Tintin (Jamie Bell) and friend Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) from nearly every pickle they find themselves in. I know Tintin is supposedly the hero here, but the dog steals every scene.

As fans of the series will already know, Tintin is a boyish star reporter in France with a penchant for getting in to trouble. In this adventure, a model ship Tintin purchases on the street turns out to hold the key to sunken treasure. Before you can say “Au revoir,” Tintin is racing across the globe with the treasure’s rightful owner (Haddock) before it’s reached by the evil Sakharine (Daniel Craig).

The film doesn’t incorporate much character development or deeper social/political themes, as so many of Spielberg’s do, and as the original comics themselves did. But it does provide stunning action sequences, including a swashbuckling sea fight and a mind-bending chase through a Moroccan city. But unlike some action pics, Spielberg restrains these sequences and allows for some real storytelling. (I was particularly amused when, after exclaiming heroically that he knew just where to solve a question, Tintin rushed off to… a quiet library.)

Have you seen the movie? What do you think?

[photo via The Daily Mail]

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