Let the adventure…begin!
Tintin is the legendary intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure.
Tintin. I don’t know about you, but the animated series was one of my favourite cartoons when I was a young chap. It certainly was different from the norm and had a more mature direction than most kids programs. With that in mind, I couldn’t help but feel a pang of nostalgia when entering the cinema yesterday afternoon. I was VERY interested to see how the movie would pan out, not to mention with Steven Spielberg at the helm. I am happy to report it was an extremely enjoyable film and stayed true to the classic Tintin forte.
If you have never seen or read any of the Tintin comics when they first came out, don’t fret as we get a nice introduction to the characters, all the favorites are there and in fine form too! It felt as if they had been peeled from the televised program and put onto the big screen perfectly. Not once did I feel as if the persona’s were changed in any way and it felt very reminiscent of when I used to watch it on TV, except now it was on a much larger scale and a lot prettier I might add. The story is a blend of a classic Tintin tale, there wasn’t anything highly original about the story, but to be honest – it doesn’t matter at all.
Being a CGI/animated movie and not live action, it is a fitting choice for such a film; not to say the CGI isn’t near close to life like as is (the computer animation really is phenomenal), though it’s still in the same vein as the cartoon, except now polished in glorious graphics. The film does come in 2D and 3D format, (I viewed it in the latter much to my distaste of 3D) however it did add to the movie greatly and would recommend it to be watched in such a way.
Staying true to the comic, we follow our Hero to a host of great and beautiful scenery; by boat, car or plane, they come across very well in the current format it was shot, with some scene’s looking as real as day. There is a lot of action that goes into the picture, so we are never still for too long before being thrust into some sort of adventurous fun!
I would like to add – even though it may not be super original and perhaps slightly predictable, it was pleasing to view something that took me back to my childhood. The way the story is told to us hasn’t changed much and for that I am grateful. It did not tarnish my memory of a cartoon I was quite fond of when growing up. The motion-picture captures that essence marvelously and would highly recommend the film to anyone who held the cartoon dear to them when they were young.
At the end of the day, Tintin is a great piece of cinema that does a perfect job of recreating the classic cartoon in modern times and with modern technology. I was a concerned it may take away from it or alter the true story-telling behind it, but am glad to say it does not. Hop on board, buckle up and get ready for one fun filled adventure that you will not forget! The film has made a modest profit at the box office thus far (it being the first week of showing) garnering $256Million on a budget of $135million.
Worth the watch if; a fan of the comics/cartoons, looking for an adventure with a difference or enjoy CGI/Animated films.
|Title:||The Adventures of Tintin (2011)|
|Leading Cast:||Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig|
|Writer:||Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish|
|Studio:||Amblin Entertainment, The Kennedy/Marshall Company, Nickelodeon Movies, WingNut Films|
|Genre:||Action, Adventure, Animated|
|Running Time:||106 Minutes|
|Release Date:||23 December (South Africa)|