Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin

By Cher Cabula-Mendoza - Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin movie is the collaboration of the directive genius of Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson which is based on the two comic books written by Herge entitled The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure. Although the movie is slightly altered from the original, it still retained major plot points and twists. I didn’t mind that since I’ve already read the comics and I already knew how the story went, because of the minor changes there will still some welcomed surprise scenes.

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The Adventures of Tintin started when Tintin, a junior reporter, bought a model ship of the famed Unicorn. His curiosity was piqued when two men immediately started haggling to buy the model from him. Further research eventually informed him that the Unicorn might be the key to a secret family legacy and treasure. Here’s when he met Captain Haddock, one of the foremost character in the series and a serious companion to his adventures.

The computer animation movie is very action-packed. This is understandable because it was the merging of two books and I think this is the reason that it might also feel crammed into a limited time frame. The 3d rendering was very well done and I can attest to this because I’ve done some 3ds myself. It was in fact almost life-like at some scenes. They stayed very true to how the characters were depicted in the comic books, down to their very expressions and personalities. This gave it a very authentic feel and Herge would have been very proud.

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All in all, this is a great family movie to bond over. Fans of the comic book series will surely love it (I know I did) and newly acquainted ones will get their first taste on how the Tintin stories are like. It will not be surprising if sales of the comic books go up or if they’ll be re-printing new versions. The overly serious tone of the movie is properly balanced by subtle hints at humor and oh be prepared to be charmed by Snowy, who I really think Tintin won’t be able to live without.

The Adventures of Tintin movie is now showing in theaters nationwide, available in 2d, 3d and IMAX theaters.

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