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The Adventures of Tintin (2012) Movie Review

January 3, 2012

“The Adventures of Tintin” is a film that does not immediately appeal to a large audience in the US because of the general unfamiliarity with the character central to the plot.  The combination of investigation and adventure in the film makes it feel like “Indiana Jones” light minus the element of paranormal.  Tintin is a successful young investigator and reporter who follows all sorts of criminals from his home office in England.  He spends the majority of the movie trying to discover the secret of a ship called The Unicorn that was sunk long ago.  The film provides serious investigation while following Tintin that is complemented by humorous investigation led by two dimwitted Interpol agents Thompson and Thomson.

The adventure leads Tintin around the globe following in the footsteps of a man named Sakharine who is after the same secrets.  Much of the action takes the form of chases across open cities, although there is an exciting scene where two characters fight using cranes.  The movie is driven wonderfully by a vibrant and boisterous score by John Williams.  The music feels at times very similar to “Indiana Jones” because the action music is primarily driven by solo instruments carrying the main themes.  What makes Tintin so much fun is the infusion of comedy in the action.  I laughed quite a lot throughout the film.  While the film is available to watch in 3D, I thought the 3D did not add much to the experience.  I suggest watching it in 2D to save some cash.  If you enjoy the “Indiana Jones” films or just some light-hearted globetrotting adventure, “Tintin” will leave you with a smile on your face.



From → Action, Animated

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