I Saw A Film Today… The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

People, generally, seem to always find new ways of surprising me. As I work at a theater, it amazed me that parents are willing to buy little Jimmy and his friends tickets to an R-rated film and then just leave them, then come and complain to workers about the content of the film in question. I can go on all day with examples but I’ll leave it alone for now. But this time people surprised me by mistaking The Adventures of Tintin for a film about Rin Tin Tin. There is no telling how many people pointed at this poster and asked me if it is a movie about the famous dog.

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While walking around an outdoor market in Belgium (presumably), journalist Tintin (Jaime Bell) and his dog Snowy come upon a rare find: an interesting model ship called the Unicorn. Within minutes of purchasing it, he is approached by two men to purchase it from him. After his home is tossed, Tintin smells mystery and adventure.

Eventually Tintin discovers that the ship holds a clue to a long-lost treasure of the Sir Francis Haddock, the captain of The Unicorn. The man who is also searching for it is the dastardly Ivan Sakharine (Daniel Craig), who has a connection to the treasure. He Shanghais Tintin, snowy, and the great-grandson of Sir Francis, the drunkard Captain Haddock (Motion caption king Andy Serkis).

After escaping the hold of Sakharine, Tintin and Haddock team up together to find the final clue hidden in a model ship. This leads the trio through deserts, palaces, and Moroccan towns. Who will be the one to find 400 weight of gold?

The Adventures of Tintin was a very fun and entertaining adventure. It was everything that Spielberg’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull should have been. Instead of  having Shia Labeouf swinging on vines like a monkey you get an energized sprint through a town streets, which involves everything from jumping in and out of building to getting chased by a tank. Is it past the edge of belief? Sure, but I’d rather watching it than Labeouf swinging branch to branch.

I just don’t see why this film had to be in 3-D. Then again I feel this way about all films (especially ones that have been released more than ten years ago) but this one especially.It was utilized in no way whatsoever. The only time I even got a hit of the 3-D is when Sakharine raised his cane at one of his goons. The film is a thrill ride without having to put on plastic glasses.

Initially when I heard that Jaime Bell was cast as the title role of Tintin. I wasn’t worried about his acting skills but I was worried if he was the best chose for the character. But with what has become a happy trend lately I was proven wrong. He holds the role greatly, transforming himself into Tintin.

Andy Serkis is the real show-stealer here. He truly is a master of motion capture. His Captain Haddock is Chaplin-esque at times, yet still done with the unique brand of  intensity that is his. The supporting cast is great as well. Daniel Craig is menacing as Rakharine. Nice to know he can be a baddie every once in a while. And Simon Pegg and Nick Frost was a great as the bumbling inspectors Thompson and Thompson.

Tintin was just a fun and action-packed film. It’s classic Spielberg at its best.

Verdict: SEE IT!

*Rated PG for adventure action violence, some drunkenness, and brief smoking.

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2 Responses to “I Saw A Film Today… The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”

  1. I loved this film! Saw it in 2D (I usually do) and like you say, it’s enough of an adventure without those stupid glasses! Andy Serkis is definitely the show stealer, Haddock became my favourite character as soon as he appeared on screen.

  2. Spielberg may not score much points when it comes to his use of motion-capture animation here but the film still benefits from a fun and kinetic direction that brings him back to his old Indiana Jones days. Serkis is a riot the whole time as well. Great review Kev.

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