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The Adventures Of Tintin - Movie Review

‘The Adventures Of Tintin’ is a visual delight
By Pankit Narang
Fri, Nov 11, 2011 12:32:21 GMT
 

The Adventures Of Tintin - Movie Review
The ApunKaChoice movie review of The Adventures Of Tintin

All the Tintin fans have been waiting for this day with bells on! The Adventures Of Tintin has hit the big screens in India and trust me, it does not let you down!

Well, the oncoming of The Adventures Of Tintin was long due since Steven Spielberg had acquired the rights to produce a film based on the Adventures of Tintin series following Herge’s (the creator of Tintin) death in 1983! However, with some issues and problems always making their way, the movie has finally managed to reach its fans in 2011! Nevertheless, the wait was worth it!

The Adventures Of Tintin tracks the journey of Tintin and his four-legged companion Snowy, along with Captain Haddock, who head out for a treasure hunt. Tintin, the famous journalist, buys a model of a ship named Unicorn. However, he soon realizes that there is something more to it than just being a model-ship since some people are willing to offer him more than the double amount he bought it for! Tintin, however, refuses to entertain them.

Tintin’s doubt over the ship carrying some imperative information turns true when someone steals the ship from his home. Luckily for Tintin, the information inside the ship was stored in the form of a scroll, which fell down during a fight between Snowy and a cat before the ship was stolen!

Tintin reaches for Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine as he was the one willing to pay him any amount in exchange for the ship. He then realizes that there are three such scrolls which will ultimately lead to the hidden treasure!

But, Tintin knows too much by then and is abducted by Sakharine and his men and is held hostage on a ship. While finding his way to escape, Tintin meets the supposed captain of the ship, the always-drunk, Haddock. Haddock was kept uninformed about the happenings on the ship by Sakharine since a hint on the scroll read that only a true Haddock can discover the secret of the Unicorn.

Haddock and Tintin then somehow escape from the scene in a life boat. Haddock’s character always manages to get a smile on your face now and then by his dumbness and his drunkenness. I literally burst into laughter in the scene where Haddock himself ignited bonfire on the life boat since he was feeling cold!

Anyhow, the story picks up pace when Haddock hallucinates because of dehydration and suddenly starts remembering everything about the Unicorn. The story then unfolds and it is revealed that the treasure was hidden by Haddock’s ancestor after an attack on his ship by Red Rackham!

*Spoiler alert*: The story takes a whole new twist when it is realized that Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine is the descendant of Red Rackham! Thus, the hunt for Unicorn is not just about the treasure hunt, but vengeance as well!

Speaking about the direction, The Adventures Of Tintin started on a really slow note and I had a yawny first half! Though the story picked up effectively in the second half, one expects flawless direction when it comes to Steven Spielberg!

However, all the actors perform brilliantly! Daniel Craig as Sakharine, Jamie Bell as Tintin, and Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, each actor has performed to perfection.

Rest assured watching The Adventures Of Tintin is a visual delight! The CGI and real-life avatarization is simply terrific. From bullets to swords, from ships to cars to scooters to planes, The Adventures Of Tintin is a perfect blend of newness and vintages! The chase sequence in the movie is commendable! And with a pinch of humour added to the movie, The Adventures Of Tintin is definitely a onetime watch.

We give the The Adventures Of Tintin half-a-star extra for the visual spectacle it offered.

Final verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5.
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