You know what? I loved it.
The Adventures of Tintin is in many ways a pretty old school movie, masquerading as a very modern one. Underneath all that motion capture and 3D effects (more on which in a moment) it is more akin the adventures of the period in which it is set - a constant, rolling stream of chases, fights and peril that push the narrative forward steadily but unrelentingly, yet remarkably free of the over-the-top, sense-deadening bombast that a lot of modern blockbusters go for. Its running down streets, corridors and rooftops, a couple of goons with guns, that sort of thing, with only one real exception.
That exception is the flashback to the fate of the Unicorn. Told in flashback, with the memories rising out of the desert sands in a way that totally outclasses the similar shot at the start of Pirates of the Caribbean 3, the fight between the Unicorn and Red Rackham's pirate sloop is the swashbuckling fight of your childhood dreams; a dark, stormy sea, burning ships and flashing blades and a dazzling vindication of the decision to do the film in all CGI. My eyes boggled and my jaw dropped and my 9-year-old son didn't talk about much else all the way home.
|What I don't understand Snowy, is why The Guardian keeps writing|
these hit-pieces against the film? Must be a story there somewhere!
I can't really comment on how faithful it is, because really my memory isn't that great. I did spot a lot of references to other books, and some characters I am completely sure don't appear in the original Secret of the Unicorn / Red Rackhams Treasure, but on balance I really don't care. Taken in it's own right, its a fun story that uses it's characters well, albeit one that serves a vehicle to move the characters around rather than be complex or dynamic in it's own right. That said the script is pretty sparkly, the voice acting is solid, and true to form Andy Serkis' Captain Haddock steals the show.
|The Scene where Haddock calls for the "Whiskey to Go" plane almost|
didn't make the PG edit.