The young reporter Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy discover how a scale model of the vessel The Unicorn carries a great secret. Tin-Tin sets his mind to uncover this secret, but unwillingly faces the malicious Sakharine who seeks the Great Treasure of the evil pirate Red Racham.
Apart from the dynamic duo, there are lots of other interesting characters running around such as Captain Haddock and the detective-twins Thomson and Thompson.
Based upon the comic books of Belgian cartoonist Hergé, the movie draws most of its inspiration from no less than tree comics, which were all written as far back as the 1930’s and 1940’s. In the movie, you’ll see a few subtle winks in reference to those comic-books …
For Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson it was a life-long dream to work with cartoonist Hergé.
The first plans to translate the Tin-Tin comics to the silver screen date as far back as the early ’80s, but due to the slow evolution of computer-effects, it simply wasn’t possible to bring this dream to life. Same as with James Cameron who had already had his Avatar-trilogy in mind, but decided to bury this project until such time the CGI or Computer Generated Images were considered on par with his illustrious idea.
And in both cases, it was wise to wait so long. Look how spectacular the first Tin-Tin movie is! And this is all due to Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson biding their time, so they could bring proper respect to the vision of the original comics. Yep, you guessed it – the best thing about the movie are without a doubt … the gorgeous computer effects!
The hard work and dedication in creating the stunning visual effects of The adventures of Tintin is the crown-work of two of the most visionary people Hollywood has ever known!
The entire picture is so realistic that you forget – that which you see on the screen – was actually drawn with the computer. The clouds, the water, the sandy hills of a vast desert and even Tintin’s hair fluttering in the wind. It’s all too beautiful to be true!
As a spectator you can only watch in awe and allow yourself to be engulfed by such beauty. The excess of all those glorious computer images gives the movie the viewpoint of a video game, but you wouldn’t need a high-technological computer to enjoy this extravaganza.
Downside is how the story is rather dull at times, but with breathtaking computer-effects such as these, it shouldn’t pose any problem to fully enjoy this wonderful adventure …
And we didn’t even address the action in the movie!
Because if there is one thing The adventures of Tintin has in store for us, it is tons of fun – almost childlike – adventure and action! One could even go so far as to say that this movie resembles the same atmosphere as Indiana Jones … and why not? Director is Steven Spielberg, the music is written by none other than John Williams himself and the choreography and cinematography of the action scenes have lots in common with the movies of the famed archeologist.
But that doesn’t keep the movie from establishing his own personality! Tintin is not the only hero of the story. Wherever he goes, he is accompanied by his white Fox terrier named Snowy.
Much later in the story, Tintin has another ally who will come to his aid. He is captain Haddock and will travel along on many different adventures. Uncommonly, captain Haddock is also the clown of the movie responsible for most of the jokes and witty one-liners, but he is not funny in a lighthearted way. He is an insufferable drunk – quite serious but at the same time emotionally unstable – and when he tends to get sober … watch out … that is when he at his most dangerous!
The best moment in the movie is a spectacular and likewise amusing action sequence in a Moroccan market place. In that scene, Tintin and Haddock are chasing down the bad guys and you really have to keep a close watch on everything that transpires on the screen. All around you’ll see explosions, fist fights and the complete destruction of houses and vehicles, which altogether results in a action sequence, impossible to make in real life. Especially the innocent bystanders who desperately try to evade the lurking danger are a joy to watch!
So be sure to watch what happens at the background as well during this scene, because there is so much going on!
A little side note: all the cars, buildings, air planes and even entire cities in this Tintin-movie are based onto the sheer reality of things, thanks to cartoonist Hergé whose original designs were all about recreating and implementing actual, authentic places and objects of the world in his comics.
With Steven Spielberg being the director and Peter Jackson as a producer (funny thing: for the next movie it’s the other way around) there was no shortage of acting talent. Who wouldn’t want to work with such esteem names?
The bad guy in this movie was voiced by no less than 007-Daniel Craig himself, and even though you’d recognize his voice everywhere, the actor still manages to disappear in his role.
The same can be said of Andy Serkis a.k.a.Gollum from The Lord of the Rings. The man with a 100 voices play captain Haddock in such a darned tootin’ tremendously outlandish way that his character claims more attention than the titular hero himself.
Speaking of which, Tintin is beautifully being brought to life by Jamie Bell, an actor who physically resembles Tintin in such a way you’d swear his was somehow related to the cartoon character. You might remember the actor from his breakthrough performance as a ballet dancing teenager in Billy Elliot. He too completely dissolves into his character – kudos!
did you know?
The painter at the beginning of the movie bears the likeness of Hergé, creator of the Tintin-comics. This is a sign of utter respect from director Steven Spielberg who became an avid fan of the Belgian comics after his movie ‘Raiders of the lost ark’ was compared to Tintin, back in 1981.
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There’s a thousand reasons why The adventures of Tintin is a great success! For Steven Spielberg it’s a welcoming return to the world of adventure and the making of an epic movie. The last time Spielberg really impressed the world was as far back as 1998 with Saving Private Ryan (not counting his terrific TV-show Band of Brothers).
Now the master-director goes back to his roots of child-friendly action movies, which instantly reminds us of the prime days of Indiana Jones – or even The Goonies, which is to say, a delicious mix of adventure and thrills.
The movie Tintin is especially innovative in terms of computer effects. Thank God for that, because the story by itself is hardly worth noting. Although one has to admit: it never gets boring, especially when captain Haddock, the funniest drunk in the history of Hollywood, appears on stage.
The action is at times overwhelming, but in a good sense. The main hero is the most tantalizing teenager who has graced the silver screen since the end of the Harry Potter-saga. And the animation as well as the vocal performance to bring this wonderful character to life is one that deserves to earn a place in the history books.
The adventures of Tintin is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and most gratifying animation movies for all ages!