The Adventures Of Tintin ***1/2

THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN

“The Adventures of Tintin” is a rousing action, adventure movie. I’m not sure it is completely faithful to the source material but I got over that fairly quickly.

Tintin is a young journalist who almost instantly transforms into an Indiana Jones like adventurer. The film opens with our main character as he is buying a model ship at a local market. The secrets of this model ship thrusts him on a whirl wind adventure involving pirates, thieves, buried treasure, epic sea battles, a centuries old blood feud as well as various chases in the air, on land as well as water.

The director is Steven Spielberg, who created the modern blockbuster with the Indy series in the 80s, here finds himself directing his first animated film, which allows him the freedom to put his cameras any where he likes. This results in new and thrilling perspectives on what might seem like standard action scenes.

My only gripe about the film is that it relies a little too heavily on break neck action scenes. No matter how good a chase can be, and here they are eye popping, It can never fully substitute for a fully rounded story. At about 95 minutes, it would not of hurt to add another 30 minutes of character and back story. But that’s just me. This movie is the best animated film of the year.

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