Adventures of Tintin
Over the years, we have seen many worldwide sensations try to break
into the American market. Menudo
was supposed to be the next Jackson 5. Soccer was supposed to be the
next baseball. And, while the folks behind Tintin might have designs on
making him the next Harry Potter, he's likely to be more of a Chronicles
of Narnia. That's not so bad!
It's better than being Percy Jackson The Lightning Thief or The
Vampire's Assistant or, and may God have mercy on your soul, Jack
The Giant Killer.
In this motion capture animation spectacular, Jamie Bell is Tintin - a
young, enterprising investigative journalist who finds himself and his
loyal dog Snowy (the second coolest dog in movies in 2011, right after Uggie
from The Artist)
stumbling into a mystery. After buying a model ship, The Unicorn, a
strange American warns Tintin he could be in danger. Tintin quickly
starts to realize something is amiss when Ivanovich Sakharine (Daniel
Craig) does everything in his power to get that model ship, and,
finally, succeeds by stealing it, and kidnapping Tintin!
When Tintin has the one last piece Sakharine needs to solve the
mystery, will Tintin beat him to it?
What is the mystery of The Unicorn?
Director Steven Spielberg knows a little something about great
adventure movies, and he makes The Adventures of Tintin feel
just as exciting and action packed as Jurassic Park or Raiders
of the Lost Ark, but it is a movie that will appeal more to kids
8-years old and up.
Based on the comic book series by Herge, The Adventures of Tintin
does feel like a comic book adventure without much nuance or subtlety.
The characters are broadly drawn, so it is obvious to kids who the bad
guys are, and which good guys we should be rooting for. The mystery
doesn't so much unfold in front of us as much as it is revealed to us
in between action scenes, but those action scenes make the movie.
Spielberg and the animation team provide great, wild, death defying
action sequences to get kids and adults in the theater cheering for
Tintin and Snowy. Even better, they tend to let the action escalate as
the mystery escalates. By the end, it is a thrill ride that rivals any Transformers
or Mission: Impossible movie.
However, parents might be concerned about two major aspects of The
Adventures of Tintin. First, while it doesn't bother me as an
adult, and never bothered me as a kid, the movie features more than the
usual amount of gun play. Plenty of people are shooting at other
people, which somewhat surprised me, since Spielberg so famously
replaced the guns being held by policemen with walkie talkies in the
2002 DVD release of E.T.
Second, some kids might not be ready to handle Tintin's new friend in
the movie, Captain Haddock (Ander Serkis), who loves to drink. His
outlandish behavior will entertain people of all ages, but younger ones
might be confused by the constant references to his drinking, wanting
to stop, what happens when he's drunk and so forth. Hopefully, it is
not behavior they recognize from Uncle Joe at the family's holiday get
The Adventures of Tintin has the ability to
get kids cheering.
The Adventures of Tintin is rated PG for
adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking.