The Adventures of Tintin: A Rumbustious and Riveting Escapade

Grade :    B-

Starring   : Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig

MPAA Rating : PG

Genre  : Animation

Theatrical Release  : December 21st 2011

So apparently, Tintin’s Adventures has inspired readers all over the world except for America. Steven Spielberg’s goal was to open the minds of Americans to the book of comics by Herge.Well, I’m not sure if he succeeded or not.

You see, I have never read the books, unlike my eight-year-old brother. I had to rack my brains to follow the plot – there was too much dialog instead of telling the story. Captain Haddock’s voice was often slurred with whiskey, making comprehension hard. The action scenes were placed into the story a bit choppily and were often unbelievable – but overall, The Adventures of Tintin had a pulse that kept my eyes riveted on the screen.

Tintin is a boy reporter who seems to be living all alone with his faithful dog, Snowy. He purchases a model of a mysterious ship – the Unicorn – and is approached by mysterious vagabonds from all sides. He finds himself on a wild adventure with the last Haddock alive to figure out where the multitude of treasure lay at the bottom of the sea.

As I said before, I have never read the books, so I cannot say if the film stayed true to the characters and plot. Even so, I thought Tintin and the antagonist, Sakharine, were especially well done and brought to life. Haddock… not so much. If Tintin had not been so patient with the incoherent Haddock, I would have probably hated him. Oh yes, whiskey is ever-present from the moment Tintin meets Haddock. The Captain constantly talks about whiskey, and parents may want to talk to their kids that drinking whiskey does NOT bring back lost memories.

The flashback to the fight between Haddock and Sakharine’s ancestors gave me a flashback to Pirates of the Caribbean. I honestly thought the man in the red cape was going to reveal himself as Jack Sparrow instead of the Red Rackham.

Kids will enjoy the beautifully done, adrenaline-charged adventure, and parents should also sit through the movie – after all, it is a family film. There is a lot of violence (Tintin falls unconscious many times and how did Tintin acquire a gun?). Bursting with vividly voiced characters, this is a rumbustious but not-so-humorous adventure – Spielberg makes up for it by the action-packed scenes. Although I did not enjoy The Adventures of Tintin as much as War Horse, it definitely interested me into reading the books. It’s a PickIt! and a B-. Ages 8+

Review by Jeremy Hsiao

The Adventures of Tintin is action-packed, exhilarating, and extremely exciting. It has many invigorating scenes and visuals. In this adventure, Tintin has to find the three ships and scrolls, to figure out the secret of the Unicorn.

Soon, Tintin gets captured on a ship and meets Haddock, who is the captain of the ship. They both escape together and go on a wild adventure followed by Sakharine. Sakharine is the main bad guy in this movie, though there are others.

This movie is really great, but if you didn’t read the book you wouldn’t understand the plot. I think that the coolest scene in the movie is when they are escaping the ship through a hail of gunfire, outruning murderous sailors, and continueing with their swashbuckling and riproaring adventure. Even though the movie is a little violent, it is magnificent for adventure-loving kids.

I loved the mocap – the realism was amazing. It is mind capturing and I think this is the best animation I ever saw! It makes me want to read all of the Tintin books. I rate this fabulous movie 4 stars, and a Pick It!

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Rip-roaring Adventure by Jeremy

The Adventures of Tintin is action-packed, exhilarating, and extremely exciting. It has many invigorating scenes and visuals. In this adventure, Tintin has to find the three ships and scrolls, to figure out the secret of the Unicorn.

Soon, Tintin gets captured on a ship and meets Haddock, who is the captain of the ship. They both escape together and go on a wild adventure followed by Sakharine. Sakharine is the main bad guy in this movie, though there are others.

This movie is really great, but if you didn’t read the book you wouldn’t understand the plot. I think that the coolest scene in the movie is when they are escaping the ship through a hail of gunfire, outruning murderous sailors, and continueing with their swashbuckling and riproaring adventure. Even though the movie is a little violent, it is magnificent for adventure-loving kids.

I loved the mocap – the realism was amazing. It is mind capturing and I think this is the best animation I ever saw! It makes me want to read all of the Tintin books. I rate this fabulous movie 4 stars, and a Pick It!

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About Cassandra Hsiao

Cassandra Hsiao is a senior at OCSA (Orange County School of the Arts). Her work has been nationally recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and National Student Poets Program. She has been chosen as finalists of playwriting competitions held by California Young Playwrights, The Blank Theatre, Writopia Labs, and Princeton University. Her poetry, essays and reviews have appeared in TeenReads, Jet Fuel Review, Feminine Inquiry, Aerie International and more. She also conducts print and on-camera interviews as a Star Reporter and Film Critic for multiple online outlets. She won a National Gracie Award in Student Online Video Host Category by The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation . https://twitter.com/Cassandra_Hsiao

Posted on December 27, 2011, in Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Great reviews, you two! Very informative and well written. :)

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