Adventures of Tintin [FQ13 Review 4]


Sometimes a model ship is more than just a model ship, and sometimes you should just let someone have something that they clearly want WAY more than you do.

The Adventures of Tintin

Why I Saw It: I recalled having heard decent reviews, and knowing of the involvement of Ron Howard, I figured it was worth a shot. Plus, it was available for viewing – either by Nextflix Instant or on one of the channels I can DVR.

What Was It About? Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor.” All this because Tintin saw a model ship at a flea market and bought it just before someone else was going to buy it, and then he wouldn’t sell it to the other person, who REALLY wanted it… and then it takes the course of the movie to explain the ship’s significance.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10

Memorable Performances: The fact that this film is done in an animated, cartoonish style despite utilizing motion capture makes it hard to really identify any of the characters as being performances. It’s far more flat in that respect than Avatar, which had a sense of realism to it and provided great facial features, and doesn’t even come close to what we got from UP, which portrayed significant emotion and drew viewers into being empathetic. Heck, I had more empathy for Gollum than anyone in Tintin, and Andy Serkis (who did the motion capture for Gollum) was part of the cast for Tintin.

Potential Nominations for Film Quest ’13:  

  • Everyone (JOKE)

Favorite Parts: Some of the action sequences were really well done. When Tintin is working his way through the ship, just about everything which occurred was entertaining – his means to get out of the locked room, the short fight he had with the Captain and the circumstances behind them leaving the ship.  I also enjoyed, shortly thereafter, when Tintin and the Captain were dealing with the plane trying to shoot them out of the lifeboat. To a lesser extent, I also enjoyed the scene in which the kleptomaniac is trying to confess and the twins are oblivious to it.

The Regrettable Aspects: The film just wasn’t extremely memorable. I typically do a good job of remembering quite a bit about movies I watch, and quite honestly I can’t remember much about how Tintin ended. There’s no doubting the quality of the film, but without anything significantly memorable about it, and the fact that the enjoyment-factor wasn’t as high as many other films I’ve seen, it’s not a good combination.

Would I watch it again? I would watch it again, but I certainly won’t be anticipating another viewing. It’s absolutely worth watching once, but I can’t speak for a second viewing, and probably won’t watch it again until my son wants to watch it someday.

To Whom Would I Recommend It?  To anyone who enjoys Indiana Jones films and wouldn’t mind a toned-down version presented as a cartoon. Without as much humor as Indiana Jones has in each of the films in that series.

Next up, The Godfather: Part II.


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