Alot of people grew up reading the adventures of Tin Tin as well as caught the cartoons that used to be on TV, that was many many years ago. I asked some of the younger friends whether they know who is Tin Tin and the blank look says it all. With Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, what better way to bring Tin Tin, Snowy and Captain Haddock to the big screen and introduce the new generation of movie goers to them. Right?
Based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Hergé, the story follows the unquenchably curious young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin finds himself in the sightlines of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen a priceless treasure tied to dastardly pirate named Red Rackham. But with the help of his dog Snowy, the salty, cantankerous Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the bumbling detectives Thompson & Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), Tintin will travel half the world, outwitting and outrunning his enemies in a breathless chase to find the final resting place of The Unicorn, a shipwreck that may hold the key to vast fortune . . . and a ancient curse.
The storyline is actually quite simple, like all adventures of the young reporter, and like all young adults detective stories, brings the viewers on an adventure with Tin Tin and Snowy as their curiosity brings them into an exciting adventure. The animation was superb, the 3D bit of the movie was just so so but the movie wasn’t affected by it at all. Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson brought the whole adventure to live and leads the audience through a roller coaster ride.
The Cast’s Performance
Jamie Bell provides a very convincing voice for Tin Tin but I felt that Daniel Craig was just not sinister enough in his role as Ivanovich Sakharine. Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock was funny in the sense that you see a drunkard of a captain going through a sequence of event and yet his voice was awfully calm. Thompson and Thomson could just be done by a single actor instead of having both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost acting as them as they were quite similar in a lot of ways including their voice. Also, observe the artist taking Tintin’s portrait at the beginning of the movie, he is drawn in the likeness of Georges Prosper Remi, aka Hergé, the author of the Tintin books.
Definitely a must watch for those of you who grew up reading the Adventure of Tin Tin and a wonderful way to introduce the younger audience to the world of this young reporter.
How’s your thirst for adventure, Captain? – Tin Tin