I haven't watched an animated movie in a very long time. The last one I saw was probably the original Toy Story movie. Since I'm an adult now, I don't have any real interest in watching these things. With that being said, I did decide to review The Adventures of Tintin. It's not because I wanted to see it or anything. It didn't interest me when I saw the trailer. No way, I wanted to do a review for the kids......I swear.
Tintin (Jamie Bell) is a young reporter who loves to find great stories. One day, he unwittingly becomes a part of a story that may put him in grave danger when he goes shopping at an outdoor market. While he is wandering around this market, he buys a model of an old ship called The Unicorn. Immediately, an American named Barnaby (Joe Starr) comes and offers to buy the ship from him, but Tintin refuses and says it's not for sale. Soon after that conversation, another man named Sakharine (Daniel Craig) also asks him the same and tells him to name his price. Tintin still refuses and leaves wondering what could be the reason for the offers.
When Tintin gets home and snoops around, he learns that the ship may have something of value hidden inside of it and it may lead to something with even more value. Before he can find out what it is, someone comes knocking at his door. Next thing he knows, he's being kidnapped. He soon finds a way to escape and meets Haddock (Andy Serkis), a drunk who may hold the key to the answers that everyone is looking for.
In The Adventures of Tintin, the 3D was completely useless and added nothing to the film or its entertainment value. With that being said, this movie was visually beautiful based solely on the amazing animation that was utilized. The motion capture techniques that were used in the film made it look more realistic as far as body movement was concerned. The movements from the actors were fluid and it really mixed in with the animation quite well. You couldn't ask for more than that in Steven Spielberg's first entry in the animated film genre.
There were also a lot of attempts at comedy in The Adventures of Tintin, but they weren't very funny with most of what they tried. Kids might find something to laugh at more than I would and that's understandable since it's a film that is clearly geared towards them. One of the positive parts of the movie for me came from the action. They put a lot of effort into making this film an adventure and succeeded in doing so. This was basically an animated version of Indiana Jones and it had all of the ingredients that you would expect from such a story.
This is a rollercoaster ride that goes through the streets of England, across the Atlantic Ocean and into the Sahara desert. Spielberg is able to deliver a true sense of adventure as Tintin is avoiding bad guys, getting into fights, shootouts and chases on foot, wheels, sea and air. Once everything gets going, it doesn't stop until the very end. There isn't much down time in between action sequences and that may be exhausting for some. For myself, maybe one or two fight scenes went a little too long, but everything else was spot on and impressive.
The Adventures of Tintin rests on what I expected it to. There's a lot of excitement and action in this high energy film. It also has some fun and vibrant characters with great voice acting behind them. All they really needed to do was improve the comedy and this film would have been even better. I would seriously love it if Spielberg and his gang decided to make sequel to The Adventures of Tintin... For the kids of course.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Film Length: 104 minutes
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Distributor: Paramount Pictures