The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of The Unicorn – Movie Review
I have been a Tintin fan from when I was young. Tintin, along with Asterix, was the introduction to the world of comics for me. The comic that they chose to cover is the one called “The Secret of the Unicorn”, in which Tintin purchases a replica of a ship and is then chased down to hand it over. However there are bits of stories taken from both “The Crab with the Golden Claws” with the walking in the desert and from “Red Rackham’s Treasure” which is the end of the two part tale which began with “Secrets”.
First was the animation. It is spectacular. I saw the film in 3D and it was only when describing the film to someone else that I realised that I had been wearing the glasses the whole time. All the scenes were beautifully done, especially Haddock’s story of Red Rackham, switching between him telling the story and the actual story which is taken directly from the comic. I am glad that they chose to do the film in animation, live action would have taken away from how the original story is meant to be, and turned it into another one of those French adaptations, where all you can do is make fun of the cast that actually knows what is going on.
The cast was also impressive. I was a bit apprehensive of the voices, having listened to the radio plays, but they were impressive. Andy Serkis once again proves his talent for motion capture movies as Captain Haddock. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thompson were hilarious. I was actually surprised with Jamie Bell as Tintin but he did a great job. The most amusing thing for me was seeing the character of Bianca Castafiore, who is played by Opera singer Kim Stengel.
I was actually surprised to see that the film has a PG rating when, if you remember the comics, you would understand it doesn’t shy away from characters being shot at and sometimes killed, even if they are no-name henchmen. Also, at times, Captain Haddock’s voice may have seemed too Scottish, but it made him more believable with a bottle of whiskey in his hand. I don’t think any die-hard Tintin fan would be terribly disappointed with the film, even with the slight changes from the original story.
I am definitely going to see the film a second time with my Dad, who was the one who introduced me to the comics in the first place. Giving the Film a Cool +.
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