Being a fan of mystery books and movies, the Adventures of Tintin was sure to be a pleaser. Using the technology of motion capturing for this film, it is director Steven Spielberg’s first animated picture telling the story of a young journalist looking to solve the mystery of the Unicorn.
Tintin is a popular European comic book series that has gone largely unnoticed in North America. While a fairly simple character with basic character development, the film brings back someone that has been absent for most of the last few decades. This film is based off of three of the original comic books written in the 40s and a second instalment is already in the works also to be based off of books from the original comic series, playing off of many of the aspects of the original series and comics such as the inclusion of the bumbling Thompson and Thompson police officers who always provide some comic relief.
The first thing noticeable about the animation is how incredibly real it looks. Other than the main characters, much of the scenery, backdrop and passers-by look very real and all it takes is a glimpse of Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell), Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) or to a lesser extent Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig) to be reminded that this is 3D animation. Much of the movie takes place on the open sea and later in the dessert and finally in a fictional port on the Moroccan coast in northern Africa.
The storyline is an expected mystery but one that still requires to keep up because there are twists and turns, even if the end result is predictable. With Tintin, it’s not a case of where he ends up but how he gets there. A true adventure story well told. Playing up on a lot of what would go into a standard cartoon episode but extended out to a full feature film. If this movie is your first encounter with Tintin, it might be enough to make you want to dig deeper into his other adventures. If you’re like me and you have had some exposure to Tintin in the past, this movie will reignite that interest and make me want to read more. Not the greatest story ever told but takes the best of a classic character, a classic genre and creates an instant classic movie. Can’t wait for the next one!