Re: The Tintin Movie anticipation thread! - read CASTAFIORE'S REVIEW (without spoiler
Well, I just caught up with THE SECRET OF THE UNICORN yesterday evening and there was plenty I enjoyed about it.
To begin with, I caught the 3D version of the movie which looked awesome!!! Just for the technical wizardry of it, I'd rate this movie 10/10! Also, the animation is excellent: the makers took care to simply mould the 2D faces of every major or minor character into 3D. Even the look of the 'extras' is from the Herge universe. The detailing was spot on! So that's a flying start! Herge might have been really pleased by the visual aesthetics of the movie, if nothing else.
As for the movie itself, it is not at all faithful to the book. Although that is common occurrence in adaptations, Spielberg has taken some over-the-top creative liberties and added scenes that are totally absent in the series, and that was kind of annoying, especially towards the climax when Haddock and Saccharine come face to face and fight. Thankfully, he makes do without adding new characters: That would have been catastrophic. For me, what made the movie successful was that in recreating characters we could neither hear nor watch move and emote in their original 2D strips, the filmmakers retained a healthy balance between humanizing and cartooning the characters.
Jamie Bell as Tintin was spectacular. He not only emoted but moved as a young, kinetic Tintin might have (Almost like Michael J Fox in Back to the Future!). He restrained himself to serving as the fulcrum for the unfolding plot, which unraveled like a Bond flick for kiddies. The character humour - which I felt was the most difficult translation to make - was handled deftly, though it left with plenty still to be asked, to reach Herge's level of richness. I hope they work this part a bit more in the remaining two movies of the trilogy. The captain's restrained use of his favorite abuses was equally important (he says 'Barnacles' once almost like 'oh, shit!' - great touch!) for the humour as were the handling of Thompsons Twins' penchant for tomfoolery. Snowy did not talk back to Tintin (fans might vary on that one - because Snowy can after all emote when in private with Tintin) but it still works out well in the movie. The additional slapstick humour in the movies must have made up for the restrained character humour for the kids that watch the movie.
Purists - aka Tintinophiles - might be disgusted with Spielberg's commercialization of a work of art (which the books certainly are!) but given the good that might come off from this release (new Tintin fans, many of whom might now go read the books for once!), the whole ordeal might be worth it.
Will I watch it again? Perhaps. Will I anticipate the next one? Definitely.
Overall rating: 7/10
(*One tribute shot I missed: Tintin standing on the frame of the screen as he does so often on the panel of the comics. And oh, yeah, like MTF's Castafiore - I did miss Professor Calculus!)
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS:
"“Every tennis lover would like, someday, to play like Federer ...But every man wants to BE Rafael Nadal. Which is different.” --PHILIPPE BOUIN, writer; also, a rare, unbiased Frenchman