The Adventures of Tintin

November 18, 2012 at 6:36 pm | Posted in 2011 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ◊ ½

While probably not as accessible as “Hugo” listed below, this film was much more fun.  Based on the comic books written by the Belgian author, Hergé, between the 1930s and the 1960s, this story blends two of his more popular ones (“The Crab With The Golden Claws” and “The Secret of The Unicorn”).  It is a non-stop adventure that has some truly harrowing scenes.  The stop-motion animation is fantastic, better than anything I’ve seen except Avatar, and full of wonderful moments both big (sweeping scenes of an Arab port, an amazing scene on the hood of a crashed plane) and small (reflections in glass, dust motes caught by a sweeping flashlight).  Being a fan of the books (I read almost all of the 20-odd titles), I particularly enjoyed how well Spielberg, et al brought the characters to life; the film had all of the adventure, humor, grandiosity and silliness of the original books.  It was a beautifully rendered and loving tribute.  It sets itself up for a sequel (much as “The Secret of the Unicorn” did) and I, for one, truly hope there is one.  Though, next time, I won’t bother with the 3D; it added nothing to the film.

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