Friday, December 23, 2011

The Adventures of Tintin

A boy genius reporter and his trusty dog Snowy are browsing at the market in London and come across a model ship which they purchase at a bargain, or so it seems. Soon shady people come crawling out of the woodwork to unhand the boy of his ship and eventually it is stolen, but not without leaving behind the secret messages which the marauders are ultimately seeking. Now, Tintin and Snowy, with a drunken ship captain in tow, embark on a grand adventure on the high seas and deserts, unraveling the secret of the unicorn. "The Adventures of Tintin" is based on the beloved European children's author Hergé, adapted by acclaimed penners Steven Moffat ("Dr. Who", "Sherlock"), Joe Cornish ("Attack the Block"), and Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead", "Hot Fuzz"), and brought to the screen by special effects giants director Steven Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson. Made in a Robert Zemeckis style of motion capture animation, and shot in reserved 3D, "Tintin" is a wonderful and comical action romp, replete with fine motion capture performances from Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and the inimitable Andy Serkis. Alongside his "War Horse" which is also scheduled for a Christmas release, Spielberg has crafted two endearing family films, this one in the same vein as "Raiders of the Lost Ark", the kind of film which he does best.