When he buys a model ship, the intrepid journalist Tintin is thrust into an adventure to try to find lost treasure.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin is a fun, rousing adventure in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Completely motion captured and animated, this is a delight of a film that surprised me with how much fun it is. This is the film that Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull should have been. *NOTE* I like Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Just not as much as the other 3 Indiana Jones films. *END NOTE*
After buying a model ship and taking it home, his apartment is broken into and the ship stolen. This leads the journalist to try to figure out why someone would want to steal a model ship. Finding a clue, Tintin is abducted and is drawn into an adventure that involves pirates, ancient gold, and a hard drinking buffoon of a sea captain. Much like Raiders of the Lost Ark, the film travels from the streets of Europe, to the sea, to the deserts of the Middle East. As I watched this film, I couldn’t help but feel nostalgic at the similarities to Raiders.
Is it as good as Raiders? No. But it is a fun romp in it’s own right. Honestly, it felt as if Steven Spielberg was having a good time with this film. It seemed like this is his first film in years where his joy of film-making came through. If you can watch this and not feel the excitement and joy coming through the screen then you are too jaded for my tastes. Just kidding.
There is one problem I had with this film very early on. That is the design of the characters. While the animation is amazing throughout the film, the character design focused on realistic, but exaggerated. This leads to some creepy looking characters running around. The animation focuses on realistic and everyone moves realistically, but the faces of the characters are simply freaky. They look real, with huge or pointy noses. It is somewhat distracting and creepy, and this was something that I noticed throughout the entire film. It distracted me from beginning to end.
While something like this is ok in a film that is obviously animated, like Up or The Incredibles, it doesn’t seem to fit well here. The realistic motion capture and character design suffers because of the creepy factor.
The video quality in this film was simply stunning. Shot digitally, it is flawless. Absolutely gorgeous on a 1080p television.
I had to watch this on a television that is not hooked up to surround sound, so I cannot comment on the audio quality. Once I rewatch this film, I will update this post with my audio impression. (My wife was home from work yesterday, and she freaks if I turn the surround sound on.)
This was also a rental, and there were no special features on the disc.
The Adventures of Tintin is a fun film that hearkens back to the days of rousing adventure, much in the vein of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Featuring a score by the brilliant John Williams, directed by Steven Spielberg, and produced by Peter Jackson, this is a fun film. Check it out!
Movie *** out of ****