Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Adventures of Tintin - 5 out of 5

I see what you did there...
I've never read The Adventures of Tintin comic books.   I have no legitimate reason for not doing so other than the fact the artwork held in the books wasn't my cup of tea and, in my youth, I didn't venture far from the comic books that contained superheroes.  I was flying along with Superman, stalking evil in the night with Batman and fighting to save the world and helping bring equal rights with the X-men.  It wasn't until I got older that I started to get into comics that didn't have men and women with superpowers or cool costumes.  Despite my lack of knowledge of Tintin, I have to say that the film adaptation is incredible!

We've all had one of those days.  Those days being when you want to sleep on
the hood of a crashing plane.

Some amazing and talented men came together, all with a love of the source material, to make something truly amazing with this one.  Director Steven Spielberg teams with producer Peter Jackson, writer Edgar Wright, composer god John Williams and an amazing cast to make one of the most eye-pleasing motion-capture animated films ever produced.  Based on three of the original comics (The Crab with the Golden Claw, The Secret of the Unicorn, and Red Rackham's Treasure), the film revolves around the young journalist with an eye for adventure and canine companion; Tintin, as he heads out to discover the mystery held within a model of the sailing vessel named the Unicorn.  Hounded by a rich ne'er-do-well who seems to have an obsession with the model, Tintin discovers a secret held in the tiny ship that takes him on an adventure to find along lost treasure.

"You smell funny, Snowy.  Have you been hanging out with Shaggy and Scooby again?"

When I first saw the trailer, I opted out of seeing this in the theater due to the compound fact I never read the comics and my faith in Spielberg as a filmmaker was nearly shot.  All great directors will have a time in their career where they spend more time riding the coattails of their name and past glory and phone in their work and, after what we got from him after Saving Private Ryan, it seemed that Spielberg was no longer going to try.  At least, that's what it felt like after watching A.I. Artificial Intelligence.  However, seeing this amazing presentation of this young adventurer fighting and solving mysterious in cultured surroundings while John Williams amazing score kicks-ass in the background harkens back to the days of Raiders of the Lost Ark.  This movie showed that Spielberg still has it and it seemed he just needed a new challenge in his life and the motion-capture animated feature of Tintin was just what he needed.

"Never eat my peanut butter again, Captain!"
Little known fact about Tintin, he's overprotective of his peanut butter.

But the film doesn't stop at the amazing visuals that can make one easily forget they are watching something animated, the cast they brought in to bring life to these once drawn, one-dimensional characters is second-to-none.  Jamie Bell takes on the role of Tintin and, taking a detour of his usual forgettable or annoying characters he plays in films, does an incredible job.  Along side Bell is the man who deserves a fucking Oscar already for his portrayal of animated characters; Andy Serkis, as Tintin's teammate in this adventure, Captain Haddock.  Then, to make things even better, the best James Bond, Daniel Craig, comes strolling in all bad-ass like as the film's villain.  But there's no stopping the film there--NO!, to brilliantly portray the fumbling inspector duo of Thomson and Thompson, writer of Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and Hot Fuzz brings in his bffs Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  Each individual delivers amazingly and, when combined with the out-of-this-world animation, only further sinks you deeper into the film's world.

An Oscar should have gone to this film for making an animated Daniel Craig look homely
and unattractive.  Daniel Craig character is on the left, in case you were wondering.

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg deliver terrific comedic relief
as Thompson and Thomson.
With excellent animation, unparalleled acting and an amazing story that flows like a river that starts calm and takes you down the best rapids you've ever seen before depositing you into a valley filled with beautiful flowers, rainbows and unicorns, is there any more that this film can give you?  HELL YEAH!!!  As if all the good things already going on in the film wasn't enough, Spielberg, Jackson and the rest say, "NAY!  We must do more" and the film delivers action sequences that are painfully and meticulously stitched and crafted together like a painting made by Bob Ross and can put every Michael Bay action sequence in a grave (probably, not the best reference since Michael Bay's only direction in an action sequence is "explosions!!!!  Bay want more explosions!").  Every single action sequence that came at me came fast and came furious (I think I just wrote the title to the Fast and the Furious porn parody).  But not only are these action sequences "edge-of-your-seat" material, the way each one is put together and play out is truly one-of-a-kind--to the point I lose the ability to adequately describe how incredibly epic they are!

Seriously, this shit was animated!

My expectations were non-existent when I sat down to watch The Adventures of Tintin.  I really didn't think it was going to suck but I didn't think it was going to be as amazing as it was.  The visuals are a feast for the old eyeballs, the story is fun and makes one reminisce to the days where a paper towel tube was a spyglass to a wee little boy with an imagination and the acting is incredible.  The Adventures of Tintin was a pleasant, pleasant surprise.

1 comment:

  1. So happy the shop is open!! Got some lovely things that sound great-thanks so much!


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