Failed. There are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. Don’t you ever say it of yourself. You send out the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Don’t you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There’s something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.
– Capt. Haddock
Growing up, I had fantasies of conquering distant lands and finding hidden treasures guarded by greedy men and their cohorts. This fantasy was then fueled by reading National Geographic Magazine’s features on the old world explorers and their stories of triumph and failure in the high seas. I could only imagine to join their conquests.
So when the opportunity to watch the advance screening of Steven Spielber’s motion/performance capture animated epic, “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” was handed before me, it was an easy yes. I would not miss this chance of a lifetime. Okay, maybe that is an exaggeration on my part. (Thanks by the way to The Azrael Colladilla for the invite.)
Based on the series of comic books by Belgian artist Hergé (Georges Remi), the film follows the adventures of intrepid reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy in their search of a hidden treasure. The plot starts when Tintin buys a model of a sailing ship named The Unicorn at a flea market. He is then immediately approached by the mysterious Mr. Barnaby and the sinister Mr. Sakharine who both try to buy the model but Tintin dismisses their offer and tells them it is not for sale. Tintin is puzzled why they are so interested to buy the model of a ship which prompts him to investigate. That is where the adventure starts and I am not going to tell you the whole story so as not to spoil the fun.
The movie is a fun, adventure packed flick with no dull moments. It is an enjoyable fast paced ride filled with action, suspense and humor that would delight viewers of all ages whether you are fan of the comics or just someone looking for a great movie to see this weekend. I am familiar with the comics but I am not really a die hard fan so this was in a way my re-familarization with the Tintin franchise.
The animation is awesome, performance capture has truly improved from the time I saw it in Robert Zemeckis’ 2004 holiday movie “The Polar Express.” It was good that film genius Steven Spielberg was at the helm because given to another director we may have seen Tintin making his way in 21st century New York and occupying Wall Street. The classic 2D characters are given a new life in the stunning animation done by Peter Jackson’s Weta Digital (Peter who? You may remember him from his obscure film The Lord of the Rings). The magnificent John Williams provides the music with cinematography by Janusz Kamiński, both Academy winners in their own right.
Tintin is played by Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Andy Serkis (Gollum to LOTR fans) plays Capt. Haddock and Daniel Craig is the evildoer with a sweet name Sakharine/Red Rakham. Also notable are the bumbling cops Thomson and Thompson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) and the pickpocket Aristides Silk (Toby Jones) and his “collection” of wallets.
So if you are tired of the whole vampire and wolves thing or if you are not into romcoms or horror flicks then The Adventures of Tintin is a must-see. I am gonna go out on a limb that you will like this movie or else I’ll do an Atty. Topacio. Preferably watch it at the nearest SM Cinema. I had the privilege to watch it at the new IMAX Theater in SM Southmall.
Tadonggeniuskuno’s Rating: 5 Pompoms
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