Give it a try if… You feel like unleashing your inner child on a 3D rollercoaster ride.
Steer clear if… You stopped dreaming in 1993.
Yes, I do like (good) animation movies. You’ve got a problem with that? Well, sue me! Despite all the fanfare, though, I wasn’t too motivated to watch this one. I mean, come on… Steven Spielberg + Peter Jackson + a celebrated retro European comic = fake commercial winner, right? Well, in the end I saw it and I have to admit it’s pretty good stuff.
I won’t dwell on the complexities of the Tintin franchise and the faithfulness of this new incarnation; personally I loved Tintin cartoons as a kid, but I did not expect this movie to fully grasp their flavour. In fact it doesn’t, despite trying its best, but does it really matter? “The Adventures of Tintin” is a lot of fun anyway. It gave me a couple of hours of solid, inventive entertainment; it made me run, jump, swim and fly in an unusual range of landscapes; last but not least, despite being directed by Spielberg, it spared me the usual politically correct crap – you know, those group scenes with the Asian kid, the black kid, the disabled kid… What more could you ask?
The movie was obviously made with great care for each detail, and it shows – just watch the sea waves or the amazing scenes in the fictitious Moroccan city of Bhaggar. The level reached by animation is almost spooky; the use of real actors during the filming process makes characters even more alive. In this sense, Tintin himself was my only reason for disappointment. I am aware Herge’s creature was considered a bit “neutral” in the first place; but compared to the amazing vitality of, say, Captain Haddock, Tintin’s overwaxed expression makes you think, “Isn’t he a bit too young for botox?” I hope they’ll de-Kidman him for the sequels… Which I’ll be glad to watch.
UPS score (Utmost Perfection Scale): 7.5/10