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Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin

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Published: Friday, November 11, 2011, 18:05 [IST]

Get ready to go back to your childhood with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of Unicorn. Dive into the world of fairy tales, fantasies and a make-believe world of grand settings and larger than life costumes.

The comic book creation of the Belgian artist Herge, Tintin has long captivated the imagination of millions across the globe ever the first appearance in 1929. Steven Spielberg was so impressed with Peter Jackson"s work in the Lord of the Rings that he collaborated with him to make one of the best movies for the modern movie goers.

The Adventures of Tintin is based on three books - The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. The screenplay, written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, mixes some of the elements from all three books to narrate a tale of the spirited young reporter/adventurer Tintin and gruff and alcoholic seadog Captain Haddock (Serkis).

Produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin with its spectacular animation and some beautiful staging takes you back to your childhood days. One of the drawback is that kids as well as adults are likely to get lost and will not be able to keep up with Tintin"s thought process and adventure. Spielberg has beautifully captured Haddock"s hallucination trip.

The Adventures of Tintin is Spielberg's first animated film and he has beautifully captured the dynamism of Herge's works. He has quite literally 'breathed life' to Herge's characters, and to say in Spielberg's own words, “This was the 'best way to honor Herge."

Spielberg has kept the old European look of the film intact. A one-shot action sequence set in Morocco is amazing and stands out. The roller-coaster chase is captivating.

The animation looks breathtakingly beautiful on 3D on the big screen. With this, Spielberg has successfully reached out to a wider audience.

The Adventures of Tintin is visually the most dazzling film to hit the theatres since Avatar and Tron: Legacy. The transitions of the scenes is fantastic. Steven Spielberg has made sure to provide attention to every detail. The legendary John Williams makes a comeback with wonderful orchestral score. Williams has given the Adventures Of Tintin a unique musical interpretation.

Comparisons invariably come with the Tinin"s symphonic theme by Ray Parker, Jim Morgan and Tom Szczesniak, composed for the TV series, but none scores over the other, in fact they are perfect complements of the time and technology, influencing their respective creations.

The sophisticated computer animation effortlessly blends the voices, expressions and movements of the stars. The characters and the background vistas match with the original drawings that Herge did for his cartoons.

However, it cannot be said that The Adventures of Tintin is without any folly. A few scenes are exaggerated and go over the top. Having said that, one cannot deny that The Adventures of Tintin is one of the most entertaining movies of the year. With this, Spielberg has introduced to us the first set of Tintin comics. The world is ready for Tintin franchise to come along.

Overall, The Adventures of Tintin is film worth watching with your kids!

Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig
Director: Steven Spielberg

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