Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn Review

A Tintin movie sounded like a great idea but when I found out it would be animated with mo-cap suits I was a little wary, especially after seeing the first trailer. The animation style looked weird to me and this could be because I'm not used to a style that is sitting so closely between being real and Pixar. But I grew to like it even though in some scenes I enjoyed the style allot more than others.

If you don't know anything about Tintin then you probably live outside Europe. He's a prominent fell known comic book character there. He's something of a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Indiana Jones, smart yet on these huge adventures.

Jamie Bell plays Tintin and is great but he works allot better once Andy Serkis's character Captain Haddock is introduced and the film truly takes off. Tintin really does start a bit slow and you feel like the opening half hour could have been cut down a bit, but I assume Director Steven Spielberg felt it was necessary to slowly ease into this world and its characters.

Andy Serkis is the standout of the film but Daniel Craig was defiantly brilliant as well playing the bad guy Rackham. If someone hadn't told you that was him he is just unrecognisable in a good way. Which is a good way to talk about the technology used in Tintin. Every actor portrays there character in a mo-cap suit and they track every movement and eye lid blink. Daniel Craig on screen seems to always be playing the same sort of role but this is the first movie since doing James Bond I've seen him expand into something else, which is fantastic.

The Secret of The Unicorn is a fairly simple adventure plot and reminded be oddly allot of the video game 'Uncharted 3: Drakes Deception.' There's a secret, a treasure, funny characters and of course a rich bad guy. It's the basic stuff but it works so well and can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Tintin has some fantastically paced action scenes, edited perfectly. But the film also has a few scenes that just drag a bit.

The ending is a pure setup for the sequel and you never feel like you've experienced any sort of complete story but this is still a lot of fun to watch.

 Acting: 8.0
Writing: 7.0
Direction: 7.0
Production: 7.0

Overall: 7.5

3D: 7.0   

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