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Paramount Pictures and Columbia Pictures Present a 3D Motion Capture Film The Adventures of Tintin directed by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay by Steven Moffat and Edgar Wright & Joe Cornish. Starr... read more read Jamie Bell as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham. -- (C) Official Site

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DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012

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  • August 27, 2012
    I don't think I've ever seen a movie that challenged my eye and my brain to keep up with the action going on the screen. Enjoyable enough for adults, and I'm sure it's a good time for ages 10 and under. Just a bit... much ... for me.

    Good movie though. Kinda wish I had seen it i... read moren all of its 3D glory in theaters.
  • August 25, 2012
    Let me start out by saying: I am only marginally familiar with the comic books, so I had no expectations from that side. I am sure there are many nods to the source material here in the film I may not have noticed, but you can tell that there was a lot of detail and love put into... read more this movie. Much more than the trailers made you hope for. Which leads us to the technical aspects: The graphics are gorgeous. Landscapes, textures, faces, eyes never looked better. Yes, you're still watching an animated film and you're aware of it most of the time, but the characters' expressions are real enough to make you care for them. Especially Captain Haddock is both fantastic looking, fun and lovable. While the story starts out slowly and rather humble, things get more adventurous by the minute. There are several scenes where you expect John Williams to burst into the Raider's march and it would fit so well. So it's true, this film does many things right that Indiana Jones 4 did not: it feels like a wonderfully old-fashioned adventure film with great action sequences, exotic locations, treasure hunts and has its heart at the right spot. Especially the escape from the sultan's palace is one of the most spectacular and fun action sequences of recent years. Here Spielberg makes perfect use of the technical possibilities of both a computer generated environment and 3D to create an uncut race that's absolutely mind-blowing. And while he's at it he also creates a breath taking sea battle the last two Pirates of the Caribbean films wished they had. Once the film's over, which happens way too fast, you can't wait to see more adventures of these characters. No one with a soft spot for adventure films should think they can afford to miss this.
  • August 4, 2012
    Not being familiar with the source material, I'm not able to rate this as an adaptation, but, as a stand alone action adventure spectacle, I'm happy to say that this is a very well done and entertaining action packed thrill ride, along the lines of say vintage Indiana Jones and t... read morehe classic adventure films of days gone by.

    Even though I like the fourth Indiana Jones film, this is probably what a lot of people were hoping it would be like, and disappointed that it wasn't. There are a few moments of rest, but for the most part it's all GO GO GO and hardly ever slows down. There's still time for development of course, but the film is all about filling this film to the max with fun and excitement.

    The stroy follows young adventurous journalist Tin Tin and his faithful dog Snowy as the get swept up into a mystery involving modle ships and the legend (and curse) of bureid treasure and high seas intrigue. There's all sorts of globe trotting, exotic locations, and many many awesome action set pieces. That this is an animated film lets them really get stylized and take the edge off believability, which is cool, too. Although, to be fair, it doesn't get THAT unrealistic. There's nothing supernatural, just extraordinary. For an animated film, this also has some of the best conematography and camera work I've seen in a while.

    The voice cast is top notch, with Jamie Bell in the lead, Daniel Craig as the antagonist, and Andy Serkis as the key player to the mystery. Nick Frost and SImon Pegg also appear, and while they do provide some fun comedic relief, I really didn't think that they (or their purpose) were all that necessary. I'm fine with humor, but they kinda over did it to a degree.

    WIlliams once again delivers brilliance in the music department, and the opening credits just sizzle. Considering that this is directed by Spielberg, but also had involvement from Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, and Peter Jackson, this could have easily failed due to too many cooks in the kitchen. Luckily, this pays off, and we get one of the most entertainign and enjoyable action romps as of the past couple of years.

    Definitely give this a watch. It rocks!
  • June 20, 2012
    Beautifully made, very very good motion capture (most certainly improved from The Polar Express) and I fell fully and completely into the story and the world. It was fun, exciting and mysterious. I haven't read the originals however so I can't comment on the adaptation, but howev... read moreer tight or loose it is, Spielberg, Jackson and co have opened up the world of Tintin to a whole new generation. Can't wait to see more of this.
  • June 17, 2012
    This year, discover how far adventure will take you.

    Good animated film! The action scenes are brilliantly written and directed, the angles of the camera, the drive of the action scenes, timing of all the jokes(physical or visual) is genius. Because Spielberg is a genius. He is... read more the master of adventure movies and there never will be another genius in adventure movies like him. Overall Spielberg has created an old-fashioned style adventure movie for the whole family to enjoy, where the important things are just the hunt for the treasure, the friendship two people can make and the most important thing of all that it is an entertaining ride. Spielberg never disappoints, it doesn't matter if you are a fan of Tintin or not, you will enjoy this film nonetheless. Go see it!

    Having bought a model ship, the Unicorn, for a pound off a market stall Tintin is initially puzzled that the sinister Mr. Sakharine should be so eager to buy it from him, resorting to murder and kidnapping Tintin - accompanied by his marvellous dog Snowy - to join him and his gang as they sail to Morocco on an old cargo ship. Sakharine has bribed the crew to revolt against the ship's master, drunken Captain Haddock, but Tintin, Snowy and Haddock escape, arriving in Morocco at the court of a sheikh, who also has a model of the Unicorn. Haddock tells Tintin that over three hundred years earlier his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock was forced to scuttle the original Unicorn when attacked by a piratical forebear of Sakharine but he managed to save his treasure and provide clues to its location in three separate scrolls, all of which were secreted in models of the Unicorn. Tintin and Sakharine have one each and the villain intends to use the glass-shattering top Cs of operatic soprano the Milanese Nightingale to secure the third. With aid from bumbling Interpol agents the Thompson Twins our boy hero, his dog and the captain must prevent Sakharine from obtaining all three scrolls to fulfil the prophesy that only the last of the Haddocks can discover the treasure's whereabouts.
  • May 23, 2012
    A great adventure movie; better than the last Indiana Jones Crystal Skull effort. I like how they've combined three different Tintin books to make a somewhat new story. The characters are a bit bland, and the animation is a weird mix of realism and Tintin book styles. I was surpr... read moreised Captain Haddock spoke with a Scottish accent. Overall, I liked it. I'm eagerly awaiting more Tintin adaptations done with the same group of people.
  • April 20, 2012
    The motion-capture animation is some of the best I've ever seen. It manages to find the right balance between realism and cartoonish characterization. Andy Serkis serves a very enjoyable performance as Captain Haddock, even the Tintin's dog makes an impression. The film offers... read more some good action set-peices that seem inspired and novel. Despite a few inspired action, this film comes off as little more than a retread of Spielberg's old adventure flicks. The main character Tintin is a boring protagonist, he is straight to the point that he is bland and uninteresting. Another major flaw is the humor, which tends to be more miss than hit. Kids will love this movie for sure but adults will only be reminded of Spielberg's older and better movies.
  • April 16, 2012
    Tintin was always going to be a tough film to make. It's got a huge global fan-base, which I myself am a member, I grew up reading and loving all of the Tintin books and I have kept every single one in mint condition (next to my Asterix collection). So it was a relief to see that... read more it wasn't a complete mess but to be honest I am disappointed. The computer animation is very impressive and all, I just don't know if it suited the original animation style - it only felt right when the characters were in profile. I think it was all a little too heavy handed, not just the animation but the action too. The characters aren't exactly as I'd imagined them as a child either and why they couldn't have just stuck to one story is beyond me. It just didn't feel like the work of someone who was a particularly big Tintin fan, I know films have got to make money but I think Steven Spielberg is rapidly loosing his magic and getting lazy.
  • April 13, 2012
    It may not be fair, but I was never expecting to like Steven Spielberg's first foray into animation, The Adventures of TinTin. It just looked so busy and I'm still on the fence when it comes to motion-capture technology. So imagine my surprise when I found myself not just enjoyin... read moreg the movie but also actively loving it. This rollicking adventure practically hums with energy and imagination. It's easy to get lost in its sweep. The action sequences, of which there are several, are terrific, breathlessly paced but showing great fair and imagination. It comes to the closest of any imposter to replicating the magic of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Give great credit to Spielberg but also his team of terrific Brit writers (Dr. Who's Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and the man behind attack the Block, Joe Cornish). The characters don't feel like soulless androids, the adventure is lively, the immersive visuals are gorgeous to behold, and the scale of some of these action set pieces is just massive, in particular a chase through a Moroccan city that is performed in one unblinking take (although does it matter when it's animated?). I felt transported while watching Tintin, back to a time of childhood awe and excitement. Some will find the movie wearisome and vacant, but I'm prone to shaking off my adult quibbles when a movie can make me feel like a kid again.

    Nate's Grade: A-
  • April 7, 2012
    Itā(TM)s clear that his concentration on this fabulous project outweighed his stability with WAR HORSE last December; he directed both films, which hit theaters only four days apart from one another. I wouldnā(TM)t say TINTIN was flawless, but it was highly entertaining. There w... read moreerenā(TM)t many flaws that I did notice because I was so intrigued by the plot and so mesmerized by the beauty of this realistically animated motion capture piece. Maybe the only misstep that truly provided an impact on the film was the characters. The captain, especially, is annoying when heā(TM)s drunk, and even more when he is sober. His fantasies and hallucinations are ridiculous and hard to follow. I must give him a bit of applause, though, for the scene in which he starts a fire on a boat and tries to use whiskey to extinguish it. The scene, as with at least 75% of the film, had me smiling and chuckling. That said, this isnā(TM)t a must-see, but itā(TM)s fresh and fun for all ages. Similar to Indy in more than a few ways.


Critic Reviews

David Edelstein
April 12, 2013
David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture

There are so many variables moving so fast that it's a wonder Spielberg didn't have someone onboard from Princeton's department of Higher Math to help keep track. But his crack team here is enough. Full Review

Tom Charity
April 12, 2013
Tom Charity,

It's delirious stuff, often laugh-out-loud funny. Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
December 22, 2011
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

The action grows wearisome as it grinds on, and the film becomes a succession of dazzling set pieces devoid of simple feelings. Full Review

John Anderson
December 22, 2011
John Anderson, Newsday

A frenetic bonbon with an empty center, and a movie made without any perceivable audience outside of filmmakers besotted by their own innovative processes. Full Review

Peter Travers
December 22, 2011
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

The Adventures of Tintin comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano full of creative ideas in full eruption... It hits home for the kid in all of us who wants to bust out and run free. Full Review

Kate Taylor
December 22, 2011
Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

Hergé was the pioneer of an even-handed style of cartooning with solid lines and no shading that became known as ligne claire, but there is a decided lack of clear lines in this erratic movie adaptati... Full Review

Peter Rainer
December 22, 2011
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor

The main achievement of Tintin is that at least the cartoon people and pets come across as characters and not hollow, humanoid entities. Full Review

December 22, 2011
Chicago Reader

It adequately re-creates the comics' Dickensian characterization, and every frame brims with clever details. But once the action begins, Spielberg's incessant, force-fed "fun" quickly gets exhausting. Full Review

Richard Corliss
December 21, 2011
Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

Motion capture, which transforms actors into cartoon characters in a vividly animated landscape, is the technique Spielberg has been waiting for - the Christmas gift ... that he's dreamed of since his... Full Review

Dana Stevens
December 21, 2011
Dana Stevens, Slate

Even if this hyperactive movie isn't your cup of tea, there's much to admire on-screen, including Spielberg's astonishing attention to visual detail and John Williams' jaunty score. Full Review

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    • Tintin: Well this is a fine mess.
    • Captain Haddock: Thundering typhoons!
    • Captain Haddock: Nobody takes my ship!
    • Tintin: It's over.
    • Captain Haddock: I thought you were an optimist.
    • Tintin: Well, you were wrong, weren't you? I'm a realist.
    • Captain Haddock: That's just another name for a quitter.
    • Tintin: You can call me what you like. Don't you get it? We failed.
    • Captain Haddock: 'Failed', there are plenty of others willing to call you a failure. A fool. A loser. A hopeless souse! Don't you ever say it of yourself. You send the wrong signal, that is what people pick up. Do you understand? You care about something, you fight for it. You hit a wall, you push through it. There's something you need to know about failure, Tintin. You can never let it defeat you.
    • Tintin: Well.. this is a fine mess.
    • Silk: I'm not a bad person...

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