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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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Movie Review – War Horse

What movie starts off a bit slow and gentle, has the audience on the edge of their seats in the middle, and touches their heart in the end? What movie shows perfectly placed foreshadowing, beautiful acting, and courage shining ever so brilliantly on the screen?

Let me enlighten you: A movie directed by Steven Spielberg.

Based on a children’s novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is a historical film set in the time of World War I. A boy named Albert raises a foal he named Joey, and they form a heart-felt friendship. Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, Joey is sold to the army, falling into different hands on both sides of the war. Both horse and boy are tried by the vengeance ofwarfare, moved by compassion, and set on an extraordinary journey of faith, courage, hope, and survival. Joey ends up in the no man’s land, touching both the French and British soldiers’ hearts.

As expected, Spielberg does his usual remarkable job on directing War Horse, but what I really love is that he actually shows, not tells, if I may. The scenery was amazing and the shots were beautiful, but moreover, everything in War Horse is significant. Underneath, there is a much deeper meaning, and every character seen through Joey’s eyes is so well-rounded and the audience actually comes to care about the fates of these people.

As for the pacing, War Horse took its time to dive into the action, but once the first battle took place, I was gripped and immersed in the story. I had never been so scared about whether a character’s going to die or not to the point that I almost cried. I was literally on my mom’s lap, chewing my fingernails and begging, “Please don’t die, Joey, please don’t die!”

War Horse is rated PG-13 for intense battle scenes, but even though it shows the rawboned gritand despair of the soldiers, it isn’t gory. Courage was the primary theme of War Horse. I was touched by the characters’ bravery, from the soldiers on both sides to the man and his granddaughter. Newcomer Jeremy Irvine was brilliant as Albert, and, of course, the rest of the cast was outstanding.

Not everyone will enjoy War Horse. The foundations of the plot are similar to “Black Beauty.” The majority of the audience at the screening were adults, but even though I enjoyed it, I think many of my peers would rather see Spielberg’s animated The Adventures of Tintin. For those of you who do want to see War Horse, be prepared for a poignant story of friendship and courage this Christmas. Ages 12+

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Review by Jeremy (8 years old)

I think War Horse is an action packed movie. It shows the reality of war without being violent. There are stunning visuals in this film. I liked silhouette of the horse against the sunset at the end of the movie. It was so breathtaking and amazing.

It is very slow in the beginning. I was really bored with the stillness of the scenes. I even left the seat and went out to buy popcorn. But once the war started, I was at the edge of my seat full of excitement. There is a lot of shooting in this movie but there is no blood. However, the different accents such as British and German  made it hard for me to understand the dialog.

If this was supposed to be a tear-jerker, it didn’t work. Even though I didn’t shed a single tear, I was moved by the courage amidst the grimness of the battlefield in which Joey, the war horse helped another injured black horse by offering its strength to pull up a huge tank.

This movie shouldn’t be watched by little kids because they wouldn’t understand it. I think that only 10+ can watch War Horse. I rate this 4 stars and a Pick It!

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