135. The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

8/10
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Written by: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright
Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and Daniel Craig

Steven Spielberg makes up for what he did to Indiana Jones by giving the much loved hero Tintin the silver screen adventure he deserves. While the most striking quality of this long anticipated animation is Spielberg’s visual direction and level of detail, The Adventures of Tintin unravels a plot rife with mystery and suspense that both children and adults will enjoy.

Hard hitting journalist Tintin (Bell) stumbles upon a deadly hunt for an ancient family treasure when he buys an item a dangerous man by the name of Sakharine (Craig) desires. As Tintin senses a good story buried along with the treasure, he finds himself piecing together clues, traveling across the globe and facing danger on the sea, in the sky and even on his front door step. Teaming up with a new found companion, Captain Archibald Haddock (Serkis), the two must leave no rock unturned if they are to solve the puzzle before Sakharine does.

Two heads are better than one

Without erasing the caricatured features of the characters with their prominent noses and slapstick mannerisms, Spielberg combines the charm of the old school detective genre with the latest capture-performance CGI that we have seen to date. The Adventures of Tintin captures action from angles that are both creative and wildly exciting, whilst simultaneously unfolding a plot with the speed and energy of an eager reader. Despite the relatively simple plot and Daniel Craig’s unimpressive vocal talent as the villain, Sakharine, the astounding chase sequences, visual tricks and surprising perspectives are enough to keep us entertained.

If a sequel is to follow this Tintin adventure, let’s hope the young hero can stumble upon a more unpredictable mystery, face a more compelling villain and see more of Thomson and Thompson. But as for his first time on the big screen, Tintin is a headlining act.

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