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The Adventures of Tintin Film Review

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by B Walkin (subscribe)
With a heap of writing experience under his belt, "B Walkin" resides in Brisbane and has published his first book.
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The comic-book hero set to hit the big screen this December is none other than…Tintin? Yes, The Adventures of Tintin (2011) will be screening at your local cinema for the end-of-year holidays.


Based on three of the original comic books written by Hergé, the film is directed by Steven Spielberg [director of Transformers (2007)], and includes a cast with big names, such as Daniel Craig (well-known for his lead role in Casino Royale (2006) and recent films). The film starts off with Tintin, a young journalist and his faithful hound Snowy, browsing in an outdoor market. Tintin ends up buying a model sailing ship, the Unicorn, and is promptly confronted by two men named Sakharine and Barnaby, who try to unsuccessfully buy the model ship off Tintin. However, the model ship is broken when Snowy and the neighbor's cat have a fight. Tintin later visits Sakharine and learns that there are two other similar model ships.

Later on, Tintin is shot at, abducted and imprisoned on a ship by Sakharine's accomplices. Tintin manages to break free and ends up meeting Captain Haddock, who has been tricked into obeying the first mate, who works for Sakharine. Tintin, Haddock and Snowy manage to escape from the ship via a lifeboat, but are chased by a seaplane sent by Sakharine. Tintin captures the plane, but mid-flight they crash in a desert.

Haddock becomes delirious and starts to recall stories of his ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, who happened to be the captain of the Unicorn during the 17th century. Sir Francis' treasure-laden ship was attacked by a pirate ship led by Red Rackham, who eventually won a battle against Sir Francis but was unable to lay his hands on the treasure because Sir Francis chose to sink the Unicorn than allow Red Rackham to gain possession of it. Hence, the three model ships of the Unicorn contain hidden scrolls that together reveal the location of the sunken Unicorn and its treasure.

This remake of a classic managed to retain the originality of the famous Tintin, yet combines it skillfully with modern advancement through the use of motion capture, which takes real performances from real actors and turns them into animated characters that seem almost life-like. Lovers of the comic books series and the TV series will appreciate the effort taken to reproduce a classic childhood favourite.

The Adventures of Tintin has action, adventure and even suspense – who would of thought an animation film like this would ever hit the big screen? But this much anticipated film is set to please children and adults alike. So why not get your family and friends together and head to your local cinema for a family friendly movie – The Adventures of Tintin. For more information, please visit the official website or check your local cinema. In cinemas December 26.
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Why? It's a great remake of a classic childhood favourite
When: In cinemas December 26
Where: At your local cinema
Cost: Please check your local cinema
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