The Adventures Of Tintin arrives at blu ray with AVC MPEG-4 1080p 2.35:1 encode. This is a beautiful and colourful film. Daytime exteriors - ranging from Parisian markets to planes taking off over green oceans to infinite sand dunes to seaside villages - look exquisite. Colours and textures pop, with the imagery constantly flirting between highly detailed computer animation and photo-realism. Nighttime sequences are equally strong, held tight by rich, exemplary black levels and glistening reflections. (4.5/5)
This DTS HD Master Audio 7.1 lossless track is the only way to enjoy the modern action movie, with tremendous dynamic range. Dialogue is clearly defined. As a 7.1 experience, bullets ping and swirl in all channels, and the sound design really pulls you forward into the world by placing a number of nice effects, such as the airplane propeller, directly behind your ears. In my 9 Wilson Audio WATT/Puppies speakers home theatre system, this 7.1 track really immerses the audience in the midst of the action. (5/5)
TRIVIA AND GOOFS:
This picture was nominated for Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score by John Williams, but lost to Ludovic Bource's The Artist. Personally, I was hoping that Hugo would win.
It has an estimated budge of $130 million, but worldwide gross so far is $369 million!
This is the first animated film directed by Steven Spielberg.
Originally, Steven Spielberg was going to do a live-action adaptation of Tintin, and called Peter Jackson to ask if his VFX company Weta Digital would work on the film, in particular creating a CGI Snowy. Jackson, as it turned out, was a longtime fan of Tintin, and convinced Spielberg that live action would not do justice to the comic books, and that motion capture was the best way of representing Hergé's world of Tintin. However, Snowy would still be CGI.
The seaplane is marked CN-3411 and Tintin says that the plane is the Portuguese Markings, but the code CN-3411 are the Moroccan Markings.
Allen orders his mate to bring TNT and the mate returns with dynamite. Dynamite contains no TNT, but is actually stabilized nitroglycerin.
After Tintin hijacks the seaplane, when paging through the flight manual, he comes across a page diagramming "your dashboard". In an aircraft it is called an instrument panel, never a dashboard.
This is Andy Serkis's third collaboration with Peter Jackson, as well as his fourth motion-capture role (he had earlier played the creatures Gollum and King Kong in features directed by Jackson and Caesar in Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Sometime after being cast, Serkis joked that he was worried Peter Jackson would cast him as Tintin's dog Snowy.
The Adventures of Tintin is a fun, energetic adventure film that harkens back to the Saturday morning serials which inspired Spielberg's 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' (even though Tintin wasn't actually one of those inspirations). (By the way, the Indiana Jones trilogy on blu ray will be coming out later this year!) While not perfect, the film is a return to form for the director and features stunning, jaw-dropping filmmaking. However, because motion capture was used to animate the characters, some viewers may have trouble emotionally connecting with the material. I personally enjoyed the movie, with its crisp and detailed video and spectacular sound of John Williams. The additional bonus is that there is a $3 off mail-in coupon on the front of the disc that you can send to an address in Pickering, Ontario. This is in addition to the $5 off that I got from Amazon.ca at the time of purchase. The final cost is $16.99!!! Amazing value for this combo of blu ray disc, DVD plus Digital Copy. Highly recommended. I hope this review is helpful to you.
on February 14, 2013
I'm afraid I'm going to have to dare the ire of the fans. Because I was, it seems, less impressed by this film than most.
But first, the positives: the CGI was genuinely amazing. It successfully bestrode an intriguing middle ground between the cartoonish and something very, very close to photo-realism. From the waves on the ocean to the expressions on the characters' faces, the animators were extremely successful in creating a world that is solid, real, and compelling. It most definitely draws us in.
It is, as stated, more Spielberg than Hergé. The quiet, the stillness, and above all the restraint that were such hallmarks of Hergé's work are nowhere to be found. Not that this is necessarily a bad thing. Filmic interpretations do not have to be slavish copies, and this one certainly wasn't. I'm sure that many fans will be quick to point out that this is a film that almost constantly pays homage to the visual side of Hergé's work - particularly in some of its most iconic and best loved panels. And it's true: the film does do precisely that. However, the similarities are all on the surface. For those who look deeper, and compare this film's intricacy of detail, and above all its relentless, ceaseless motion with the minimalism of Hergé's famous "ligne claire" style, it is at once apparent that at a certain point Spielberg made the choice to go his own way. Indeed, the film tacitly admits as much at the very beginning, when this movie's "Tintin" has his portrait drawn by an artist at a market stall. The artist closely resembles Hergé, and the drawing the original vision of Tintin. We are being politely but firmly told that this will be a film that respects the original, but does not feel so beholden to it as to be nothing more than a carbon copy.
The true artist must have scope for interpretation.
This film also gave us not just one but two stand-out performances. Jamie Bell, in the titular role of Tintin, and Daniel Craig as both Sakharine and Red Rackham. Each actor brings a level of reality to their characters rarely to be found in animated features. This fits perfectly with the film's visual approach: it's that whole "intriguing middle ground" between the cartoonish and the photo-real that I spoke of earlier.
I was less impressed with Andy Serkis's performance as Captain Haddock, which was certainly more overtly cartoonish, and just plain less interesting. But it is worth stating that some of the minor characters were exceptionally well rendered, and very much in the spirit of Hergé's original versions. I'm thinking here particularly of the pickpocket, played by Toby Jones, and a two-bit thug by the name of Tom, played by Mackenzie Crook. I'd like to think that Hergé himself would've approved of both these performances.
Yet despite all the good stuff, I did feel that from a grown-up perspective, this movie let itself down in the writing. Particularly in terms of pacing, it's more like a bad Indiana Jones movie than anything else. Certainly so far as depth of characterisation goes, all the heavy lifting is done by the actors and the animators. The writers contribute almost nothing. The main problem is that after a promising start, the film rapidly degenerates into little more than one long action sequence, with only very brief, unconvincing, and ultimately uninteresting pauses along the way. At times the relentless action seems to exist as little more than a showcase for the animators' virtuosity. And as outstanding as the animation is, technical brilliance for its own sake does not a good film make.
Earlier I spoke of Hergé's work as possessing a certain restraint. Indeed, I would even go so far as to say that I consider that restraint one of its defining stylistic features. This holds true not only on a visual level, but also in terms of story. Hergé knew when to give his readers time to think. A quiet moment here and there to reflect on what had happened and let it all sink in. Such moments are, I feel, sorely lacking in this movie. This film is all about the spectacular. It's a joy to look at and is without doubt a rollicking, two-fisted rocket-ride through adventure. But it's not a whole lot more than that.
Which is where, I believe, it really has let Hergé's original vision down.
Tin Tin(released Dec/11)is a brilliant animated feature directed by Steven Spielberg.The look and feel are totally life like;although the characters themselves are slightly exaggerated so one doesn't forget that this is just animation,when circumstances on screen get too"real" or not.Herge's creation has been around for years,being Belgian born and raised,and first hitting the media in the late 20s.Now Spielberg and company have gotten control of Herge's creation and come up with this new animated movie,full of excitement,comedy and adventure.And I believe Tin Tin is in good hands here.
The plot involves Tin Tin,a Thin Man/Indiana Jones combo young man,and his faithful wire haired terrier Snowflake.He acquires a model ship at a flea market and from there his troubles start.It seems other agents want that ship too.It contains a scroll in one of the masts,one of three,that someone needs to complete a bigger puzzle,leading to a kings ransom.
Tin Tin is captured and taken on board a ship.He meets up with Capt.Haddock,a drunk whose ship Tin Tin's captors have taken control of.When they reach land in Morocco they find another model ship owned by a Shiek and it is then Capt.Haddock relates the tale of his ancestor who captained the original ship the models are based on.It was his ancestor who had to purposely scuttle his own ship and only he and his descendants know the exact location of the treasure,everyone now seeks.
The rest of the film is taken up trying to outwit and survive the onslaughts of those that would seek the treasure and kill Tin Tin,Snowy and Capt.Haddock.Will the adventuresome trio succeed?
There is no doubt the ending was as spectacular as the events leading up to it.The sense of humour and twists and turns never abate throughout the film,which leaves you sitting on the edge of your seat awaiting what will happen next.It is not too many animated films that can generate this kind of excitement and interest,but this one does in spades.The only drawback I found was with the length and intricacy of the plot.While it may be fine for the older set,the younger ones tend to squirm in their seats.I know,having taken my grandchildren to its premiere and sitting in an audience full of children.
Technically speaking the film is clear and crisp and in a 1:85:1 w/s a/r.Extras include featurettes on the making of Tin Tin and one on Snowy.
All in all a highly recommended film for the whole family,filled with lots of exciting adventures and humour which will keep you on the edge of your seats from beginning to end.Be warned,the length and plot twists and turns might turn your younger ones into squirmers.Listen for the voice talents of Daniel Craig,Nick Frost,Simon Pegg,Andy Serkis,among many others.
The world of animation has made enormous leaps and bounds in the last several decades with such epic productions as the "The Lion Tamer", "Avatar", and "Lord of the Rings". The secret of success has to be the advances the industry has made in such digital techniques as facial modelling, blue screening and key framing. This year's seminal production, according to the Academy, is another masterpiece of high artistic quality called "Tintin", a digital animation interpretation of Belgium cartoonist Herge's series covering the life of a young crime reporter in search of another adventure. The story is true to the original cartoon both in excellent type casting and voice-over for the main characters; people like the scrupulous and resourceful Tintin, the ever-crapulous Captain Haddock and the less-than-dangerous detective duo of Thomson and Thomson hot in pursuit of pick-pockets seem to contain a life-like verve as they plunge headlong into a world full of danger, unending intrigue and moments of humorous folly. I felt at home with this version of events; it effectively allowed me to feel like I was really in the middle of a speeded-up, come-to-life rendition of an old comic legend, and isn't that what good animation is all about. All or most of the detail is clear, the storyline is easy to follow, and the imagination is fully engaged as to all the spills and thrills that are about to take place.
on September 5, 2014
I can’t tell you why my seven year old son watches this movie once a month every month for the last two years or so but I can tell you that I’ve been forced to do so with him at least a dozen times and I don’t find it painful. The movie is a brilliant combination of animation and real life, Steven Spielberg did something new and different here, the story is a combination of three Tintin books and it makes for constant excitement and none stop action. Our only complaint, where is the sequel? There were suppose to be three of these – I would have loved to see the next two, if nothing else – my son would add them to the monthly rotation which would be welcomed. Great movie!
on April 24, 2012
I personally loved the story, which is rare enough in this day and age, but the attention to detail in the CG and the visual effects really put this movie over the top. I enjoyed it on my 3D TV and I found they did a great job using incorporating 3D into the movie without it being in your face the entire time. It's Action packed and great fun for the whole family (as long as you don't mind some drinking and period correct smoking). Also, as a person fluent in french, I enjoyed watching it in the classic cartoons native language.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN: THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN  [Limited 3D Edition] [3D Blu-ray + 2D Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy] [UK Release] From Academy Award® Winning filmmaker Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson comes the epic adventures of Tintin. Racing to uncover the secrets of a sunken ship that may hold a vast fortune – but also an ancient curse – Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy embark on an action-packed journey around the world that critics are calling "simply magical – an animated Indiana Jones."
FILM FACT: ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ was nominated at the 84th Academy Awards® for Best Original Score for John Williams. It was the first non-PIXAR film to win a Golden Globe® Awards for Best Animated Feature Film. It was nominated for Six Saturn Awards, including Best Animated Film, Best Director for Steven Spielberg and Best Music for John Williams. It also received 2 nominations at the 65th British Academy Film Awards in the categories of Best Animated Film and Best Special Visual Effects.
Voice Cast: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Daniel Mays, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones, Joe Starr, Enn Reitel, Mackenzie Crook, Tony Curran, Sonje Fortag, Cary Elwes, Phillip Rhys, Ron Bottitta, Mark Ivanir, Nathan Meister, Sebastian Roché, Kim Stengel, Mohamed Ibrahim Elkest, Sana Etoile and Jacquie Barnbrook (uncredited)
Director: Steven Spielberg
Producers: Adam Somner, Carolynne Cunningham, Jason D. McGatlin, Kathleen Kennedy, Ken Kamins, Nick Rodwell, Peter Jackson, Stephane Sperry and Steven Spielberg
Screenplay: Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Steven Moffat and Hergé (comic book series)
Composer: John Williams
Cinematography: Janusz Kamiñski
Video Resolution: 1080p [Technicolor]
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 [Anamorphic]
Audio: English: 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English: 5.1 Dolby Digital, English Audio Description, Cantonese: 5.1 Dolby Digital, Mandarin: 5.1 Dolby Digital and Thai: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Cantonese, Mandarin, Simplified Chinese and Thai
Running Time: 107 minutes
Region: All Regions
Number of discs: 3
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Andrew's Blu-ray Review: In a ripping return to the Saturday morning adventure serials that inspired 'Raiders of the Lost Ark', Steven Spielberg brings a beloved European comic to the silver screen using motion capture performances and 3D CGI animation. As creative partners, Mr. Spielberg collaborates with Peter Jackson, who acts as producer on this film and intends to direct the second part of what they hope will be a trilogy, and screenwriters Steven Moffat [Screenwriter for Doctor Who], Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish.
Tintin, as voiced by Jamie Bell, is a young journalist whose inquisitive nature sends him off on countless adventures to recover stolen antiquities...or at least that's what all of the newspaper articles on the walls of Tintin's study tells us. This time around, Tintin purchases a model ship, the Unicorn, from a street vendor moments before the mysterious, and most likely dangerous, Sakharine [Daniel Craig] arrives to buy it. Tintin keeps the Unicorn, which he learns is a model of a ship captained by one Sir Francis Haddock that sank hundreds of years ago with a long, lost treasure. However, legend says only "a true Haddock will be able to uncover the lost treasure of the Unicorn."
Sakharine will stop at nothing to get the model, including murder and kidnapping, but thanks to Tintin's bumbling Interpol agent friends, Thompson and Thomson [the always funny Simon Pegg and Nick Frost], and a local pickpocket, Sakharine snatches Tintin, but doesn't get his hands on the secret scroll hidden within the model ship's mast. Tintin wakes in the cargo hold of a freighter steaming for foreign soil. Sakharine has hijacked the freighter from its captain, the last surviving Haddock [Andy Serkis]. Here it becomes clear: there were three Unicorn models, and Sakharine plans to find three scrolls and use Captain Haddock's family knowledge to find the Unicorn's location. Trouble is Captain Haddock's a drunk, and has forgotten all the old Haddock family stories. It's up to Tintin to pull the truth out of Haddock while racing across oceans and deserts to beat the nefarious and deadly Sakharine to the lost treasure.
As I live in the United Kingdom, I've had little exposure to the original comic books, even though there are great deals of massive fans in the UK, who know more about this cartoon Character. Written by Belgium Hergé [a.k.a. Georges Prosper Remi], save for a few High School French classes and, while there are numerous in-jokes and references to the comic itself (or at least I think there are, based on the reactions others, who claimed to know the comic, when I saw the film theatrically), this is a really strong adaptation for all audiences, whether or not you're a lifetime fan.
So how does it measure up? Well, personally speaking, I really loved the Indiana Jones feeling of it all, and felt the filmmaking, performances, tone, and adventure worked very well. There are some contrivances, and Tintin's lines are a bit convoluted, but this is a real return to the Amblin and Steven Spielberg I love and very impressed with the use of motion capture to build the character performances and the overall improvements in the animation quality succeeded.
'The Adventures of Tintin' is also a lot of fun. The action set pieces are clever, funny, and tense. My jaw hit the floor a number of times, especially during the Unicorn vs. the Pirate ship scene, the single shot motorcycle chase sequence, and the battling harbour cranes fight. The camera work is playful in a way that harkens back to Steven Spielberg's 1970s and 1980s heyday. In fact, the experience is such a throwback to the wonder if the film, which lacks a certain cynicism found in modern blockbusters and works as well for younger audiences.
Overall, I think fans of Steven Spielberg or the Tintin comic books will enjoy this comedic, romping adventure. Tintin fans will no doubt get more of the in-jokes. As for casual viewers, there's a lot of fun to have for the entire family, unless you have a hard time connecting to motion capture performances.
Blu-ray Video Quality – Tintin tackles the 3D world with a subtle but magnificent looking 1080p encoded image that will dazzle and amaze most viewers. Its 2D counterpart is already fantastic enough as it is, and the 3D merely enhances the CGI video by placing emphasis on quality and depth rather than the usual pop-out gimmicks. Granted, a couple scenes do have random items protrude from the screen, mostly for amusement or as a comical device, like when Rackham points his cane at the camera, but by and large, the presentation is on immersing viewers into the third-dimension with a great deal of natural depth, which it does in spades. Buildings on the European streets and long hallways seem elongated and distant, genuinely feeling as if far removed from the foreground. Other objects appear to move independently of each other, such as when Tintin and Captain Haddock meet for the first time inside his cramped quarters. In fact, several of the best moments come while the two run around the Karaboudjan and try to make their escape. Later on, during a wild chase on the confined streets of Bagghar down to the harbour, the rapid camera movements and non-stop action is the film's coolest sequence, arguably making it one of the best uses of the 3D technology yet. On a large enough screen, it quite literally feels like being on a roller coaster ride, weaving and zigzagging between buildings and people. The film comes with several dark scenes, and never does delineation within the deep, murky shadows come into question. The rest of the presentation is equally outstanding with pitch-perfect contrast and superb, crystal-clear clarity, allowing viewers to see far into the distance. Black levels are inky and penetrating with extraordinary gradational steps in the grayscale, adding to the layers of dimensionality already present in the video. Although the photography comes with a slightly antiquated appeal to it, colours are vivid and richly-saturated, leaping off the screen with an energetic pop. The transfer is beautifully detailed from beginning to end, revealing the smallest imperfections on clothing, architecture and the walls of the ship. One can really appreciate the artwork and effort that went into the film's making as the faces of characters have a lifelike texture that almost makes them seem real. Captain Haddock's nose and cheeks are probably the most impressive, sure to leave viewers astonished with this awesome high-definition 3D presentation.
Blu-ray Audio Quality – The audio is the same as its 2D counterpart and makes a wonderful addition to the video's immersive effect. The 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack makes excellent use of the system as it comes natively in a 7.1 soundscape. Directionality and panning is absolutely flawless as bullets and vehicles zoom all around the room, and the debris from explosions flies overhead as well as to the sides. There's not much to speak of in terms of ambience, but a few atmospherics quietly sneak into the rears, generating a decently pleasant sound field. John Williams' animated score also enjoys a strong presence in the surrounds, filling the air with excitement and adventure. Much of the runtime is spent on the front soundstage since a great deal of the narrative is dialogue-driven. Conversations are very well-prioritized and perfectly audible during the movie's several high points. Dynamic range is expansive with room-penetrating clarity, allowing listeners to revel in a variety of sounds and noises which make the action sequences come alive. Again, John Williams music benefits most with clear instrumentation and terrific acoustical detail. Low-frequency effects are a plenty with powerful, full-bodied explosions and punchy gunshots. 'Tintin' makes an awesome debut audio.
Blu-ray Special Features and Extras: For this 3D Blu-ray edition of 'Tintin,' Paramount adds several high-definition exclusives to the package, along with the 3D version of the movie, a DVD copy and BD-Live Functionality. Arriving day-and-date as its 2D counterpart, the Blu-ray shares a couple of supplements with the DVD release, along with a code for accessing an Digital Copy or downloading a Digital Copy.
Special Feature: Toasting Tintin: Part 1  [1080p] [1:00] Filmmakers celebrate the first day of shooting with some champagne.
Special Feature: The Journey to Tintin  [1080p] [9:00] An insightful look at how Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson discovered Hergé's comics and bringing Tintin's adventures to the big screen.
Special Feature: The World of Tintin  [1080p] [11:00] After a brief history on the comics and the characters, this segment looks at the film adaptations and the differences.
Special Feature: The Who's Who of Tintin  [1080p] [14:00] Background on the characters from the comics mixed with some motion-capture footage of the cast.
Special Feature: Tintin: Conceptual Design  [1080p] [9:00] As the title suggests, this piece looks at the work done by Weta Workshop and their attempts at staying true to Hergé's original design. Weta Workshop is a special effects and prop company based in Miramar, New Zealand, and producing effects for television and film.
Special Feature: Tintin: In the Volume  [1080p] [18:00] With more motion-capture footage about, the piece examines the stage on which actors perform and Steven Spielberg using the technology.
Special Feature: Snowy: From the Beginning to End  [1080p] [10:00] This piece focuses on Tintin's trusted canine companion and the work that went into bringing him to life.
Special Feature: Animating Tintin  [1080p] [11:00] This is a Behind-the-Scene footage shows the actual CGI process of transforming mo-cap scenes into an animated film.
Special Feature: Tintin: The Score  [1080p] [7:00] This special feature gives its attention into looking into the legendary composer John Williams and his approach film scoring.
Special Feature: Collecting Tintin  [1080p] [4:00] Looks at the design of the collectible toys.
Special Feature: Toasting Tintin: Part 2  [1080p] [3:00] Another toast from by the filmmakers after completing the film.
Finally, Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, 'The Adventures of Tintin' is a fun and thrilling big-screen adaptation of Hergé's beloved classic comic books. The CGI animated action-packed adventure animation film is reminiscent of Steven Spielberg's 'Indiana Jones' franchise films, but stands on its own as an entertaining and rousing motion picture for the whole family. This 3D Blu-ray edition of the film arrives with a first-rate audio and video presentation that's sure to satisfy everyone. Bonus material is fairly extensive, and most of it is exclusive to Blu-ray, making this wild thrill-ride worth the price. Again like a lot of people who are not a fan of this Belgium author Hergé [aka Georges Prosper Remi] and the books of Tintin and `The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn' animation film fills in the gaps for us who are not up on the exploits of Tintin and the film is based on three of Hergé's books entitled: “The Crab with the Golden Claws” , “The Secret of the Unicorn” , and “Red Rackham's Treasure”  and I think Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson have done a grand job in bringing the pages of the Hergé books to life and I can tell you it is a brilliant animation film that will give you a brilliant rollercoaster ride and the voice artists really bring the characters to life and I can also tell you that you will have an amazing experience, especially in the fantastic 3D image experience and it is such an honour to add this to me ever increasing Steven Spielberg Blu-ray Collection. Highly Recommended!
Andrew C. Miller – Your Ultimate No.1 Film Fan
Le Cinema Paradiso
WARE, United Kingdom
on January 21, 2014
Many Tintin purists will disagree, but I just happened to love Spielberg's CGI rendition of the Hergé characters. You know the characters and so they behave like such... Tintin is speaking to himself, or to Snowy, Haddock drinks his way out of regret, Dupond and Dupont are comic relief at their best...
The story picks two or three Tintin comics and make them into a cohesive storyline. Fast-paced, Spielberg's direction is agitated, humorous, alive and very precise. Actors are giving wonderfully adequate and solid performances.
This is an adventure story. And so, the story may lack in the depth department, but that doesn't mean it makes the movie any less good. In fact, the depth comes from the love you may have for the characters, and that alone makes it worthwhile. Spielberg and company were VERY faithful to Hergé's designs, adding many CGI textures through motion capture, rendering and such, to create a believable flesh and blood Tintin... and the very first character you see a close-up of in the movie happens to be Hergé himself, resurrected as an homage to the artist, doing a portrait of Tintin, in his own style... the movie knows where it's going and where its inspiration comes from, and so with this homage, the movie begins.
Special features run almost for 90 minutes where you get to explore the many facets of making a motion capture movie. It could have been handled with a few deleted scenes, goofs, interviews, trailers, but Spielberg seems less and less fond of special features as his more recent movies suggest (Lincoln has less than 70 minutes of special features for a 4-disc edition).
on January 11, 2014
This film is absolutely fantastic!
I first bought it for my grandson who is a fan of Tintin, that animated caracter who was created by Hergé.
Spielberg, the director of the film, wanted to make this film for a long time. He had met the author and Hergé had given him the rights of making Tintin films with true to life caracters.
It wasn't before last year that the prestigious director could realize his project. And what a scuccess! The film in 3D is so real that my grandson was spellbound when he saw it.
He had already seen the film several times in 2D and knew it practically by heart. In 3D, it's even better because it feels so real to life.
The Secret of the Licorn is one of a series of Tintin adventures. Let's hope that Spielberg comes out soon with other adventures of Tintin. Young an old will certainly benefit.
In this adventure, Tintin buys a model sail ship of the 17th century to find out later that this ship is in great demand. Somebody tries to steal it from him. A person is killed when he tries to warn Tintin... The Belgian journalist and his dog Milou try to solve the riddle. They find out that part of a treasure map is concealed in one of the masts of the model ship.
In search of the other messages, they live all kinds of fantastic experiences with the Dupont brothers (policemen) and Captain Haddock, whose ancestor concealed a treasure.
The special effects are fantastic and the actors exceptional.
Tintin is a great film born from a legendary caracter created by the belgian author Hergé.
The Adventures of Tintin has everything a kid would want. Pirates. Treasure. Intrigue. Mystery. Comedy. Action. It doesn't matter if the kid is a 10 year old son or daughter, or if the kid is in you. This is one terrific movie. The animation in Tintin is so remarkable, there were times when I actually forgot that the characters were not real actors. The imagination that created this movie is remarkable. The skill and talent used to put it all together are amazing. The visual effects blew me away. I was a child enthralled with Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. This leaves the old Walt Disney films in the dust.
Other than the thrill of adventure, is there a message in this movie? I'd say there is. At one point, Tintin feels hopeless and wants to give up the chase. Captain Haddock says, "You care about something -- you fight for it." The message? Don't give up. There's always a way through. Tense scenes abound in this movie, so even though I would call this a family movie, younger children might be somewhat overwhelmed with the violence, animated though it is.