the adventures of tintin

I have been a fan of Tintin since childhood, but then who isn’t? And then I watched Tintin today, done by Spielberg. I was not exactly impressed.

The story opens steady – it is like the director trying to freshen up in the viewers’ mind, the looks of characters from the comics, a job very well done. Then again it moves forwards to introduce Tintin, the faithful Snowy, the ship Unicorn, Thomson & Thompson and of course Captain Haddock.

Daniel Craig voices Sakharine, the main villain of the film. Captain Archibald Haddock (and also his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock) is enacted and voiced by the brilliant Andy Serkis (aka Gollum and King Kong). Tintin himself is portrayed by Jamie Bell, a promising young actor. This movie is of course 3D; with better experience as compared to other concurrent ones. Well done!

Given that this story is done out of three comic books (The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham’s Treasure and The Crab with the Golden Claws), it is a nicely done plot, with a cliff-hanger that gives way to a sequel, probably going to be directed by Peter Jackson.

Needless to say, The Adventures of Tintin is 107 minutes of fun, except that the voice of Captain Haddock in my imagination did not quite match with the character in this movie. It would have been better if he had a bit more humourous personality, with more suitable billions of blue blistering barnacles.

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