Intrepid young reporter Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy are joined by the cantankerous Captain Haddock and bumbling detectives Thompson & Thomson on a quest to recover a sunken ship harboring rich and dangerous cargo.
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Still my favourite of Spielberg's 2011 output. In the era of Marvel's laughable 'realistic' looking comic-book adaptations, Tintin without any magic or super-technology shines unafraid of its source material, and by pure creativity of it's action sequences, the way scenes transition into the next, visually creative gags, and solid sound effects.
Some spectacular parts: classic opening credits, faux-single take action setpieces (the Moroccan port chase in particular), snappy lines, a fantastic canaries gag, stunningly rendered mocap (trust Spielberg to show up his protégé Zemeckis!), but it never satisfyingly gels. Yes, Tintin is a bland cipher, and the ending is more downer than cliffhanger, but as breathless spectacle it needed more life.
I wanted to like it as I remember watching the Tintin cartoon in my youth, but "Adventures" just felt like one of those kids' movies where a bunch of busyness is occurring onscreen and you're just kind of watching it because it's there. I appreciated the technical know-how required to pull this off, but the script failed to give me a reason to care or even the faintest idea of who Tintin is as a character.
It seems that, after the big one take action sequence (that is fantastic by the way!), the screenwriters just ran out of gas. "Well, nothing we write will top this, might as well wrap up everything as tightly as possible" is what I bet they thought. I feel that The Adventures of Tintin might have benefitted from having a longer duration, especially for the third act.
How to contain myself in 420 words? First: see it see it now see it faster. Second, Spielberg goes, "Hey, I can put the camera anywhere I want 'cause IT'S NOT REAL" and lives up to that whole "Animation can let you do anything you want" theory. Most importantly, this movie is the reason why we had to suffer through 15 years of developing 3D animation techniques. So that stuff like this can actually exist. --DiB
Almost five stars. Unfortunately, my local cinema only screened the norwegian dub, which was awful, and destroyed much of the experience for me. The film itself is wonderful and contains the single best chase scene (and possibly most impressive long take) in the history of cinema. A cinematic orgasm! Some clumsy storytelling, but overall a stunning piece of work from one of our greatest directors.