By: Danzig Decsy
Every once and a while, the perfect family film is released to the public; one that’s fun for the kids, but holds enough integrity to impress the grown-ups. The Adventures of Tintin truly holds these attributes to its chest, and then some.
Firstly, Tintin is a character with a ton of history, dating back to 1929, so here’s a little bit of background. Tintin was the brainchild of Belgian cartoonist Georges Remi, who often went under the alias of Herge when writing. His comics followed the wild adventures of Tintin, portrayed as a young journalist, who solves elaborate mysteries and fights away criminals and evil doers. However, Tintin is never alone in his endeavors. If being a parentless kid with a multitude of incredible skills wasn’t enough, he manages to make a few friends throughout his career, including the clumsy policemen, Thompson and Thomson, and his faithful German shepherd, Snowy.
The film portrays its cleverness from the very beginning. Tintin sits in the middle of a street market as an artist, unmistakably a cameo of Herge, draws his portrait. As the journalist ventures further into the market, he comes across a spectacular model ship, The Unicorn. He purchases it and is almost immediately warned by a mysterious man that he needs to dispose of it as quickly as possible. The unconvinced hero dismisses the warning, however, and keeps the ship and all its wonder. He soon finds himself in a rut with the almost devil-like Sakharine, who’s only interest is a certain scroll found inside the mast of the model ship. Sakharine resorts to murder and betrayal in an attempt to obtain the scroll, and imprisons Tintin on a boat where he soon meets the drunken Captain Haddock, also being held captive. Tintin, Haddock and Snowy escape the ship and begin a sort of cat and mouse chase to Sakharine’s destination ofMorocco. Eventually, Tintin, with the help of the alcohol-induced Haddock, discovers that there are three Unicorn models that Sakharine is after, all of which hold scrolls serving as puzzle pieces leading to the old Haddock family treasure.
Through many action-packed scenarios, dramatic realizations and clever escape routes, Tintin, Haddock and Snowy eventually persevere. Sakharine is led to his fate behind bars, and the heroes locate and find the grand prize.
The Adventures of Tintin is one of Steven Spielberg’s best works. Spielberg manages to maintain the feel of the original Tintin comic, while adding certain attributes that make the film his own. The visuals are so beautiful and realistic, that it’s easy to forget that this is an animated production. The 3D presentation, although seemingly unnecessary, isn’t too overplayed. As for the story, Tintin is enticing from beginning to end. Throughout the entire film you’ll either be laughing your head off, sitting at the edge of your seat with anticipation or trying to solve the mystery along with the charismatic journalist. Without a doubt, The Adventures of Tintin is a must see for individuals of any age looking for some adventure.