The Adventures of Tintin (2011) – reviewed by George

I’ve read the Tintin graphic novels by Herge, I’ve seen the cartoon series of Tintin adventures, and I love Tintin, but this was overwhelming. Thrilling, inspiring, delightful, completely absorbing, and totally enthralling. One of the best films I’ve ever seen. Perhaps I say this because I’m already such a fan, but I think not. It’s incredibly well done and really unexpected. Yes, I expected to enjoy it, but I did not expect to be taken right out of this world and deposited in a marvelous new world created by Stephen Spielberg, Peter Jackson, John Williams, and all the folks who had a hand in making this movie.
It is CGI based on, but not entirely on, motion capture. Tintin is Jamie Bell, Captain Haddock is Andy Serkis, Sakharine is Daniel Craig, and Thomson and Thompson are Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. while Kim Stengel is Bianca Castafiore and sings an aria from The Barber of Seville, which is one of the many funny segments in the film. That’s really a huge part of the pleasure in watching this film: the laughs.
The plot? All I will say is that the basis for the film is the two Tintin books “The Secret of the Unicorn” and “Red Rackham’s Treasure”, but there is so much more going on here, and not caring that I’m repeating myself, I was entertained in every possible way: I gaped, I laughed, I was touched, and I was so happy to be in this world of adventure and excitement for almost two hours. I plan to watch again tomorrow!
Based on The Adventures of Tintin by Herge, Music by John Williams, Screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish, Second Unit Directed by Peter Jackson, Directed by Steven Spielberg.

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