By Darren Grant
Jamie Bell (left) as Tintin and Andy Serkis (right) as Captain Haddock. Picture courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
The Big Picture
Director: Steven Spielberg, Producer: Peter Jackson
Actors: Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg
Genre: Action, Animated
Positives: Thrill-packed, state of the science graphics, a clever melange of the three books that form the screenplay.
Negatives: Hardcore Tintin fans may find the boildown of Hergé’s tales a simplification too far.
Rating: 4.5 / 5 - Outstanding entertainment.
The genius of Spielberg and Jackson has woven a captivating action movie from three Hergé tales: The Crab With the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham’s Treasure. Tintin (Jamie Bell), in the company of his heroic dog, Snowie, acquires a model of a ship, the Unicorn, that contains a clue to lost treasure. He teams up with the usually drunk, sometimes brave Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis). Together they journey across Africa, pursued by the evil antagonist Sakharine (Daniel Craig) and his minions, in the hope of seizing the treasure for themselves.
It's an easy movie to enjoy. The graphics, unsurprisingly, are so convincing you'll forget it's not a normal live action film, well, almost. A high speed chase scene in Baghra and a battle of dockyard cranes will have you on the edge of your seats. Two hours passes in a blink.
Tintin fanatics, lesss than thrilled at the unavoidable loss of plot complexity, a key element of the appeal of the original graphis comics, have our sympathy. But for the rest of us, and a young generation who may know nothing of Tintin, it's simply a great piece of fun film-making.
Go see. Go enjoy.
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