Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

I was curious what Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson would do with the classic Tintin. After watching the film on the big screen, I say my reaction to The Adventures of Tintin is mixed.

In what could be the first of a string of Tintin movies, the first one sets up the coming together of Tintin (Jamie Bell), his dog Snowy, and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and solving the mystery of The Unicorn, a sunken ship that had loads of treasure. Daniel Craig voices Sakharine, the story's baddie.

The best thing about the film is the animation. Done by Weta Digital (The Lord of the Rings, Avatar), the computer-generated is superb. Executing life-like animation in films is one of the hardest things to accomplish these days and this film nails it.

On the downside, I felt the story could have been much better. I'm not saying the story is terrible, but I felt I was short-changed as I walked out of the theater. Maybe it was the anticlimactic ending that did it, or maybe the pretty uneventful quest. Whatever it is, this film gave a sense that it was just a teaser of things to come, the tip of the iceberg so to speak.

The Adventures of Tintin is a pretty good effort to introduce Tintin, Captain Haddock, and Snowy to a new generation and remind folks that Tintin has good adventures to share.

Rating: 3/5

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