Movie Review: THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
Movie Gods, assemble!
The big screen adaptation of The Adventures Of Tintin showcases some of the finest talent working in the film industry today. Not only is this animated escapade produced by Peter Jackson and directed by Steven Spielberg, but it also displays the writing talents of Shaun Of The Dead’s Edgar Wright, Attack The Block’s Joe Cornish and Sherlock’s creator Stephen Moffat.
With such a celebrated crew steering this ship it’s difficult to imagine the movie, telling the story of a young reporter and his loyal dog who are swept on a globe trotting adventure to unlock the mystery of an old ship, being anything other than mind-blowing.
For the most part, you wouldn’t be wrong.
A fast-paced rollercoaster ride of a film, The Adventures Of Tintin offers some of the greatest moments of animated cinema you’ll ever witness. With stunning visuals and set pieces that will leave you in awe, the film’s a flurry of imagination, color and excitement that will prove difficult for any director in this genre to surpass.
However, what makes Tintin such an exhilarating journey also proves to be its greatest weakness.
Although the film gallops at a high speed delivering tons of action and adventure, its problem is that Spielberg never slows down to really develop the story.
The narrative simply provides a canvas on which to express these incredible visuals as opposed to being the driving force here. The mystery remains engaging enough to keep The Adventures Of Tintin afloat, but when the substance is stripped away from its visual magic you realize that what’s there is thin, basic and straightforward.
It’s almost as if the team behind the film didn’t trust its young audience’s intelligence enough to handle a decent enigma, a theory that is only solidified by the dialogue.
Wright, Cornish and Moffat somehow feel the need to have our hero explain every single thing that happens in the story in clear, simple terms. Not only does it make the quieter moments of Tintin – of which there are very few – infuriatingly clunky, but feel patronising to anyone with more than a handful brain cells. Regardless of age.
The Adventures Of Tintin, therefore, is not even close to being the landmark slice of animated cinema it wants to be. But when it offers such dizzying spectacle and eye-popping action, not being entertained in some way simply becomes unfeasible.