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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

The Adventures of Tintin (2011)



Jamie Bell
Andy Serkis
Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Daniel Craig

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Spielberg brings to our screens Tintin, one of the only few comic strip heroes/detective with no special powers. For the avid Tintin fan the movie will go down well, if you can overcome some of the re-writes and the introduction of some intensive action. The film's screenplay was put together by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and Joe Cornish (Attack the Block). They based the film on three of the original comic books: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham's Treasure (1944).

Tintin is just an average journalist with no powers unlike Clark Kent and Peter Parker. He is also not a billionaire vigilante with unlimited funds like Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark. Tintin is just an ordinary journalist with a notable side kick named Snowy (a white terrier). When you think of man’s best friend Snowy defines it, I do advise you read the comics at least before you watch this movie, it will help in loving it the more and you’ll wish you had a dog like Snowy. 

The movie plot has journalist Tintin and Captain Haddock go off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship that was commanded by Captain Haddock's ancestor.
Their interest was picked when the antagonist was eager to purchase a model of a ship named Unicorn from Tintin. This led to kidnapping and major use of force by the sinister Mr. Sakharine. Haddock and Tintin had to band together when they discovered Sakharine intent. He was after the original three hundred year-old Unicorn, which was captained by Haddock's ancestor.
On it was a treasure which Haddock's ancestor saved and left clues to its whereabouts in three separate scrolls, all of which were kept in models of the Unicorn.
This wonderful movie is produced by Peter Jackson whose company Weta Digital provided the computer animation. Spielberg’s Tintin is a 3D animation which makes good use of Motion Capture to animate where the actors act out the movie and their actions and movement are digitally captured and overlaid with computer animation.
Tintin is a Belgian strip by Belgian cartoonist Herge, who gave Spielberg the go ahead to make the movie in the 80s before his death. Spielberg’s dream of making the movie started when a critic compared Raiders of the Lost Ark to Tintin.

Andy Serkis is recalled by Peter Jackson, who initially joked that when called he taught he had to play Snowy. Andy who has worked with Jackson in The Lord of The Rings as Gollum and King Kong in the remake, all done with motion capture, plays Captain Haddock and when watching the all European cast, his character was the slickest and most intriguing as he has gained enough experience in the art.

Tintin was released in October 26 internationally to gain enough buzz for the American release in December, and I can tell you it is doing well, it has the enjoyable Thomson and Thompson, whose lack of police intelligence has always made me crack up and the movie has enough comic fun all-round, to keep you laughing…and enough action scenes like the bike chase to keep you on you sit, never a dull moment with this movie and a most watch for all movie watchers something you can enjoy with your family.


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