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The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn – Movie Review

Long after Hergé penned Tintin, Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson bring it back to life in The Adventures of Tintin. And I should say they have don a good job.  Steven makes the young Belgian reporter Tintin, a CG character filled with 3D effects and ya some British accent. Now this is what you call a film for all ages. Steven takes it a notch ahead by using performance capture – A method by which actors’ movements and expressions are translated into 3D computer graphics which makes the animation look real.  And amongst all this storytelling, character and dialogue are not ignored at all. The movie still has the old adventure of the book with a modern touch.

The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn is story of Tintin(Jamie Bell), who gets tangled in the affairs of smugglers when he buys a model ship from a scrap meet. He with his loyal dog Snowy are intrigued as to why so many desire it,and once the model is stolen, more information surfaces and the pair set out to discover the truth, teaming up against evil Ivanovich Sakharine (Daniel Craig), after a surprise meeting, with the boisterous drunkard Captain Haddock ( Andy Serkis) . He’s a pure-hearted old drunk, who has information on a great treasure, told as a legend in his family for generations. He just needs to get sober enough to remember it. The adventure takes the pair to the Atlantic, Sahara, Morocco and finally back home.

The movies has great detailing which can be scene in every scene and every shot. The bike chase sequence in Morocco where Tintin is gliding on a wire and the camera is following him throughout the whole scene in a continuous shot which makes it look fantastic. Also Haddock’s flashback sequence where he recounts the sinking of the Unicorn are of the best scenes in terms of editing, cinematography and visual effects. The animation is magnificent and looks very realistic. The action scenes are brilliantly written and directed, the era has been set up beautifully and Spielberg get back to the basics in style with the simply joys of  storytelling. Spielberg sticks to  Hergé’s Tintin as a character.Kaminski’s delicate cinematography John Williams energetic score and the three British screenwriters- Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish and Steven Moffat turns everything in a timeless screenplay making the film a rollercoaster ride. For me Andy Serkis as Haddock steals the show. Snowy chases cats, digs up fossilised bones from the desert, and gobbling sandwiches wins audiences heart. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thompson and Thomson, the Interpol agents provides the laughs.

So if you know the Tintin story or not, the movie will entertain you and keep you engaged and interested. One can even watch the movie in 2D without missing any great details but 3D has its own charm I guess. It’s a joyous movie  with a good  mixture of action and adventure. Its fast-paced action and the realistic animation,makes The Adventures of Tintin a top notch entertainment. Quintessentially a perfect family film and has plenty to offer audiences of all ages. Great Snakes, it’s good

Rating- 4 out of 5



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