The Adventures of Tintin
Tintin started out as a comic series, then he got his own TV show and now he has a 3D feature film, not bad for a young Belgian report and if this film does well a sequel won’t be far behind.
The film is a mix of three Tintin stories; The Secret of the Unicorn, The Crab with the Golden Claws and Red Rackham’s Treasure. As someone who isn’t really familiar with the show or comics I can’t say how a fan would view this, but I feel they were woven together very well. I was engulfed in this amazing story that had so many twists and turns. Perhaps it was the joining of three stories that gave it that intricacy.
I’m sure there are a lot more than I noticed, but even I, someone who has extremely little knowledge of the comics and cartoon, could see that there were nods to the original in there. An obvious, yet funny, one occurs near the beginning of the film when an artist is drawing Tintin. I don’t want to spoil it, so I won’t go into detail.
The movie is CGI and looks amazing. From looking back at the old animation I can see that there is a definite resemblance, more so with other characters than Tintin himself. Even the locations are reminiscent of the ones seen in the episodes that follow the stories that the movie is based on. Spielberg has been planning on making a Tintin movie for a very long time and at one stage he wanted to make it live action. Having seen the film, I’m glad he didn’t, because I strongly believe that live action would not have done it justice.
Though it’s popular with filmmakers, I personally am against the 3D revolution; seriously it’s as if they don’t want people who wear glasses to go to the cinema. Tintin could easily have done without it. Who cares about depth if nothings coming flying at your face it doesn’t need to be in 3D. Adding 3D helps make bad horror movies seem good, pure and simple. Tintin has a great plot, amazing graphics and a brilliant case, it doesn’t need gimmicky 3D.
Tintin comes to Irish and UK cinemas on the 26th of October and US cinemas on the 21st of December. I recommend seeing it with or without kids, as the plot is smart enough to keep an adult entertained and the graphics are cool enough to distract children while their parents watch the film.
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