The Adventures of Tintin review – 3.5/5 stars

Here’s something new. A comic book movie that is not all about superpowers and saving mankind.
Tintin is on the same par as Asterix series as one of the greatest series of books/comics that no-one will have ever heard of. Now, 18 years after the death of its creator, Hergé, with the help of acclaimed director Steven Spielberg, the eponymous hero reaches the big screen.
The Adventures of Tintin follows young reporter Tintin as he stumbles across numerous shady characters, from the sinister Sakharine to clumsy Captain Haddock, to discover the secret of missing sunken pirate treasure.
Before his death in 1983, Belgian author Hergé thought that Spielberg was the only person who could bring his creation to life. Using startling motion capture animation, the effects are jaw-dropping. Following the footsteps of other performance capture films such as A Christmas Carol and blockbuster Avatar, this set the bar in a transforming the Tintin world into a 3D universe. Making the most of the action sequences and characters’ facial expressions, you can easily get lost in Hergé’s world.
What will get more devoted fans is the amount of talent behind the scenes. Besides Spielberg, you have Peter Jackson involved in production and Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat, Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim director Edgar Wright and Attack the Black Joe Cornish in writing duties. Between them, they get the right balance of adventure, humour and almost fantasy from 180 minutes. What was strange was the amount of violence or even the high level of action featured in the film. For a children’s film, you would expect something slightly more friendly to the younger generation; especially if the makers wish to release a sequel. This is so kids aren’t glassing each other because ‘they saw it in the film and no-one was bleeding.’
The cast are quite well suited to their roles with Daniel Craig almost playing against type by the crafty villan Sakhrin and Serkis enjoying his role as Captn. Haddock. Jamie Bell made Tintin into a character much wiser than his years – almost upper class, in some places – Brits Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were hammed up their roles as useless detectives Thomson and Thompson.
Altogether, Tintin is a well-made adaptation but there is room for improvement.

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