The Adventures of TinTin

 (4,332)1 h 46 min2011X-RayPG
Tintin and his friends discover directions to a sunken ship commanded by Capt. Haddock's ancestor and go off on a treasure hunt.
Steven Spielberg
Jamie BellAndy SerkisCary Elwes
English [CC]
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Daniel CraigSimon PeggNick FrostToby Jones
Peter JacksonKathleen Kennedy
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Curtis W. JacksonReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2018
3.0 out of 5 starsTintin’s Windy Adventures In Spielberg’s Movie Land.
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You may have read reviews citing how director Steven Spielberg duplicated his adventure style into Tintin from his Indiana Jones series. Sounds like a valid argument, The Adventure of Tintin feels like it, certainly in Spielberg’s repetitive action inclinations. How many times should the red-haired Tintin be knocked unconscious? Why another search for treasure infested with thugs following an intellectual villain?
However, what seems to be accurate is what those critics misunderstood in reverse; the Tintin’s classic comic adventures likely influenced Indiana Jones beforehand. The script is basing from three of Tintin’s adventures. Spielberg is the top guy for the job to recreate Tintin with producer, Peter Jackson. It is a cinematic achievement, unquestionably one of the best motion animation films of the decade. The movie rivals Avatar with tactile realism and gifted performances-amazing!
However, it is also a misleading family film with PG-13 action intensity and havoc. Characters knocked over from heights, stabbed with swords, and shot at, quite a few off-screen must have perished from the destruction. I am certain one of those bullets from a rattling machine gun holed Tintin’s famous blue sweater, hit him. Don’t worry, Tintin dodged them, yet he also shoots at people, the bad guys. There is much breezy fun, especially with Tintin’s dependable puddle, Snowy.
Although to some extent, he reforms, Captain Haddock is intoxicated much the film. Besides his favorite whiskey, he consumes alcohol-based products. It seems drunkenness is being entertained, but the writers found ways to disapprove of it, eventually. However, I wish the filmmakers didn’t adapt heavily from the comic series that unfavorable aspect of Haddock.
On the plus side, Tintin as a young person has appealing qualities with intelligence, responsibility, and courage. He displays remarkable determination to solve problems, find answers, and he helps others. Yes, Haddock have good things about him. The screenplay succeeds in generating enough mystery to keep them busy. That may be contributing reason the film slows in pace encouraging me to take a break from watching it.
The Adventures of Tintin, the movie worked hard meeting the expectations of the original French-language newspaper comic series by Herge (George’s Remi). It captures its spirit and remains true to its characters. Daniel Craig expertly portrays the villainous Sakharine. With excellence, Andy Serkis brings Haddock to life. Jamie Bell is pitch perfect as the title character in vocals and action. You may add a star or two, pardon me for not giving it a higher rating for the reasons stated above.
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Raisuli the MagnificentReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsGood disc.
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I had a cousin that was big on the Tintin (taen-taen) comics. I only ever breezed through his collection, never really indulging in any of them (I think they were mostly written in French anyway). So, when heard that a movie was coming out I was somewhat already in the know, and when I finally saw the movie I was pretty thrilled by it.

The CGI actually adds a layer of texture to the film that I think was much needed for a cinematic presentation. If I had shot it I would not have had the presence of mind like Spielberg to actually enhance the visuals of both environment and the characters, which means my production would have looked pretty plain. But, I never did follow through with my film career, and so we get cinematic masters like Spielberg who really and thoroughly vetted the Tintin stories for all their worth to bring us this film.

To me this is pure adventure. It's what I write. It's what I know. It's what I like. And so it is that I like this film and all of the plot intrigue that it presents.

For a comic book translated to motion picture media, it's difficult for me to say whether this is really over the top or not. Again, it's adventure, it's Hollywood, it's Spielberg, it's post 1990s film making from a man who made his name in the 80s, so it's got that real splashy action quality to it.

The bluray certainly looks better than what I saw in the theater, and that's about all I can say about it.

Check it out.
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Phillip AllenReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2019
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Yes, I know. Most viewers raved about this movie: the CGI, the performances, the dog. But while most everything LOOKED convincing, more or less, relatively speaking, I just did not care about anything in this movie. Not the plot. Not the characters. Not even the relentless action. And, mind you, I'm a serious action fan -- as long as there's a solid story foundation and characters who attract my sympathy. Unfortunately, the plot felt like something rehashed from about a million other shallow adventure stories. And the characters -- ugh! -- they were so one-dimensional, so flat, so lacking in any kind of genuinely human personality, that I just didn't care. By the time I got through the first half hour, I was glancing at the clock every minute or so, hoping either the story would pick up or the movie would just end.

So, what kept me watching? Almost exclusively the reputations of Peter Jackson and Serkis and Spielberg. That was all. I kept thinking that eventually, this movie would do something to make me care. It did not.

If you want to know what was wrong with this movie, then I strongly -- VERY strongly -- recommend you view the TED talk featuring Andrew Stanton, the genius from PIXAR, entitled: "The clues to a great story". This will tell you everything you need to know to recognize or to compose an excellent story. The TED talk is a real jewel. Stanton brings out virtually every detail a good story MUST contain in order to be successful. Once you've seen Stanton's TED talk, you'll know exactly why Tintin is a miserable failure.

Why, then, did I give it three stars? Only because of the TECHNICAL prowess of the animators. In spite of the occasional wooden facial performances, it works well, for the most part. Of course, one of those stars goes to the poor actors who were burdened with such a pathetically shallow script. In spite of this, they do manage -- only just manage -- to give some moments here and there that stand out. Besides that, they are wrestling with such a bad script that even they cannot save it.

And yes, I got the "in" joke about the sultan at the opera recital; the one sitting right in front of that horrific, yodeling land whale making Haddock's ears bleed. The sultan looks exactly like Spielberg. I'm not sure as to why he did this. Maybe because, as the director, he's sitting in front of everyone, "directing" this schlock? Don't really know -- and don't really care.

Anyway, if you're considering renting this thing, and you are beyond the age of 5 or so, I'd strongly advise against it.
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joel wingReviewed in the United States on February 26, 2020
3.0 out of 5 starsGreat start but film goes on too long
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When I was a kid I loved Tintin. I owned almost every single book and couldn’t get enough of the stories and the art. Steven Spielberg was a huge fan of the series as well and in 2011 released The Adventures of Tintin. It was based upon a mix of three books, The Crab with the Golden Claws, the Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure. While at first being as exciting as the originals the movie however goes on too long and loses steam.

The Adventures of Tintin starts off with a sly reference as Tintin is having his portrait drawn and the finished product looks like Tintin from the books. Then he finds a model boat called the Unicorn which he purchases and will lead into the main plot as it is highly sought after by the villain Sakharine who at first tries to buy it from Tintin in the market, and then steals it. Tintin sets about trying to recover the boat and find out its story. That leads to chases, a secret scroll, a murder, a theft, a kidnapping and more.

Spielberg did a fantastic job with the film initially. It captured the mystery, adventure and action of the original stories. The problem was the story begins to drag half way through and at almost 2 hours was a tad too long.
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CC38Reviewed in the United States on October 15, 2020
2.0 out of 5 starsNot A Good Adaption, No Emotional Stakes
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This movie assumes that you know who TinTin is as a character and supplies scant information for the uninitiated. We know he is a famous detective and that's about it. Throughout the movie you learn that he is skillful, adventurous, determined, and empathetic. However, these traits do not add up to a personality within the movie and I found myself struggling to stay invested in the plot.

This movie is in a really weird place when it comes to violence. The main character uses a gun sometimes and tends to (purposely) shoot objects in the environment rather than the people ACTIVELY SHOOTING AT HIM. (which any self defense firearm instructor would tell you is a bad idea if you want to live) He does eventually shoot at least one person but the action is cut in a way to make the bad guy's demise somewhat ambiguous to a young viewer. There is no blood and not even a single bullet-hole on a body in this movie. This is bad for two reasons. 1. Adults will tune out when they realize the action has no stakes at all because it is clearly a movie for children. 2. It is teaching kids that being shot basically puts people to sleep since there is no physical damage. Basically, I think showing kids violence without consequences is a really bad idea.

Apart from other concerns, this movie lacks heart in my opinion. The elements of a good adventure are there but it definitely feels like something that would be exciting in small increments (like a weekly comic) rather than a 2 hr feature film.

This movies is based on a comic series published between 1929 and 1976 in the French language. I think the biggest fans of this franchise are probably adults so this movie should have ditched the child-friendly action and story and this movie could have actually been good. In trying to make a movie for everyone, they have succeeded in making a movie for noone. It has too many adult elements (shooting, drinking, near death experiences) for very young kids, but is simultaneously too safe and sanitized for most other people.
Robert SchafferReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2021
4.0 out of 5 starsFun movie that looks great in 3D!
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This is Spielberg's only fully computer animated film. A family film, it stays away from blood, gore and the like but doesn't scrimp on the Indiana Jones style action. In fact, this is as close in style to an Indiana Jones adventure as Spielberg has ever directed outside of that series. Spills, thrills, fun and even some humor are delivered in this exciting adventure that keeps it all light and inoffensive (it is a Spielberg family film, just like E.T. was).
The 3D is very good, with a more Avatar like approach to the 3D, opening into the movie's world instead of a lot of popping out of the screen (although there are a few such moments). I liked this much more than I was expecting. Call it's style Indiana Jones "light".
M. StandishReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2019
5.0 out of 5 starsAstonishing!
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When you put two mega-giant adventure/fantasy filmmakers together like Spielberg & Jackson, the odds are pretty good that you'll end up with something great. Such was the case with TinTin IMO. An exciting story combined with a big budget, amazing talent both behind and in front of the camera, eye-popping motion-capture, and a rousing John William's score, and you've got yourself a highly imaginative and thrilling masterpiece from beginning to end. No, I wasn't overly fond of the ending, but no masterpiece is perfect (sorry Citizen Kane & Casablanca).
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mister whiskersReviewed in the United States on December 30, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsFirst class action adventure by Steven Spielberg . A+
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Outstanding movie that has been overlooked by many people. This is extremely high quality filming and story telling by Steven Spielberg ! High speed non stop action for kids about 6-12 years old.Really excellent Action/adventure. Not sure of the rating but should be PG . I think all ages would love this movie . Adults will love it too .
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