Sound Off: Jackson & Spielberg's 'Adventures of Tintin' - Thoughts?
by Alex Billington
December 22, 2011
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Finally arriving in theaters in the US (it was released in Europe two months ago!) is Peter Jackson & Steven Spielberg's CG animated take on The Adventures of Tintin, the iconic comic book character created by Hergé. Although filmed in performance capture, Jamie Bell plays Tintin, Andy Serkis plays Captain Haddock, and Daniel Craig the villain, Red Rackham. So how is this animated adventure across the world? Worthy of Hergé's legacy? How are the action scenes and the overall story? Once you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on The Adventures of Tintin.
"Never fear, Tintin!" The Adventures of Tintin, which I saw in 3D, is a fast-paced, amusing adventure that, while I was entertained by, I didn't necessarily love (which is what I'm always hoping for when Spielberg or Jackson's name is involved). I'm not sure if it was missing something or if I wasn't a big enough fan of the character to begin with. I got the sense that if I knew all the characters and stories, I might love this even more, but otherwise it was just a fun experience. A few of the characters, like the klepto wallet guy, seem completely randomly added merely because they're from the comics. I would say the same about Thompson & Thompson appearing everywhere, but they were fun characters, despite the unnecessarily different voices (Simon Pegg & Nick Frost). Overall I think it was an entertaining ride, a real adventure, but not much more.
What did you think of The Adventures of Tintin? A fun comic book adaptation or campy bore? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 25 Comments
"Tintin" enbodies everything that is wrong with Hollywood, all shell, nothing on the inside. Such a huge and crushing disappointment.
Viktor Jerner on Dec 22, 2011
People saying it was empty, needed a heart of had bland characters: the comics and TV-series did as well. It's an adaptation; yes, they're flaws, but they're flaws that come with the series. I would've been outraged if they'd tried to do anything to fix them. They made a film out of their source material the way they should have done, if they'd wanted to do it any other way they shouldn't have made it about Tintin. It's wonderful to see this film so true to classic Tintin, instead of modernising it. It shows a lot of respect and love for the series. And as far as special effects, actionfilled thrillrides go: this was one of the best I've ever seen.
Cedric Ceglowski on Dec 23, 2011
This movie was pretty delightful. It definitely captured the charm of the Tin Tin comics and kept me entertained throughout. It also had a lot of little stylistic details that I found very clever.
Powpedra12 on Dec 31, 2011
I enjoyed every minute of the film and smiled like and idiot at the simple Tintin-esque qualities in the film. I’m positive Herge would have been proud of the film as a well. I know I sure am. It had the qualities of the books I had grown up falling in love with, and still do treasure. The graphics were spectacular as well, and I just enjoyed the ride I got to take with the film. Any Tintin fan, either new or old, will enjoy this movie.
Mercedes on Dec 22, 2011
haha..smiled like an idiot
Sebastiaan Vos on Dec 23, 2011
Indeed, loved the film from start to finish. Opening sequence pulled me right in. Well scored. The animation was insanely well done.
unknownvegetable on Dec 23, 2011
Tintin was Spielberg firing on all cyclinders. Everything I love about the man and the most fun I've had in a cinema all year. It also made me incredibly sad that he's not directing Ender's Game.
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011
I found Tin Tin's eyes to be rather expression less. Besides, his dog shoulda been named "Rin".
Anonymous on Dec 22, 2011
Don't dis snowy.
Kaim on Dec 23, 2011
My family all enjoyed it! My kids that have never read or known about found the story exiting and animation very good. I hope they continue with the series.
Drafunt on Dec 22, 2011
It was really fun and enjoyable and I felt that the comic books of my childhood came to Life. I cannot wait for the sequel. Capitaine Haddock was amazing. It should be the quest of the Treasure of Rackham Le Rouge.
ChrisLNY on Dec 23, 2011
I felt like a kid watching "Raiders" for the first time all over again! It's movies like this that remind me why I fell in love with Movies in the first place! Thank you Spielberg and Jackson for the Fun Ride you have created and for the Classics we have all watched that have Inspired me to Write stories and have Inspired many others to tell Stories and Tales that hopefully continue the Cycle of Inspiration!
N. on Dec 23, 2011
I agree completely My 4 yo son and I were both at the edge of our seats sharing a corny bonding moment where we were totally engaged by the intense action sequences, and to my surprise, my son was very into the slower portions as well! I think its the best Animated flcik of the year and got robbed at the Oscars.
Topheradkins on Jan 24, 2012
How was the motion capture animation compared to other mo-cap movies you have seen? This question goes out to everyone of course.
axel on Dec 23, 2011
I felt the motion capture animation was stunning compared to everything I've seen up to this point. They were fantastic.
Mercedes on Dec 23, 2011
Our whole family went to see this to begin our "Christmas Weekend" and everyone loved it. The animation was amazing!
ThePretzelBender on Dec 23, 2011
I have no plans in seeing this film. Robert Zemeckis motion-capture animated films have put me off from these kind of films. I've said it once before leave the animation to the guys at Pixar and Dreamworks.
Last Son on Dec 23, 2011
This is NOT Zemeckis mocap. It was made with Avatar's technology and by Avatar's animators. The production last 5 years, so the quality is incomparable. I hate when people judge films that they haven't seen ;/
Kotav on Dec 24, 2011
Exactly what Kotav stated. WETA was the company behind Tintin, and they have worked on such films as Rise of the Planet of the Apes, District 9, Avatar, King Kong, and Lord of the Rings.
Mercedes on Dec 24, 2011
There is a difference between Motion Capture and Animation. Look it up.
cinemabandit on Dec 29, 2011
I don't know if the problem really is the possible emptiness of the characters. after all, watching the new muppet movie, these characters are empty, too. but i love them. tintin has no heartwarming moments, it's just a fast told story. perhaps they should've used only one of the comic books for the first movie, introducing the people to these characters and give them something to care for.
Anonymous on Dec 23, 2011
I loved it. I grew up with Tintin, and I see the love that Jackson had for the character all over this movie. The tech wiz's at WETA have done a wonderful job of merging the storytelling of Spielberg with the feel of Herge. Loved the cameo by Herge at the start of the movie.
cinemabandit on Dec 29, 2011
Can´t wait for Alex de la Iglesia´s "Blake & Mortimer" adaptation. Very similar to Tintin´s comic adventures. You can clearly see that the whole world has embraced Tintin but the US with the BoXoffice numbers. It´s like Marvel and DC comics trying to protect their territory.
ORLY on Dec 31, 2011
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