The Adventures of Tintin
The movie hit Australian cinemas waaaay back in December 2011; the Yewnique family watched it yesterday, ie two months after. That’s pretty normal for us. We watched it at the small theatre which shows movies that have finished (or, almost finished) their run at the bigger cinemas. And there wasn’t designated seating. This gives you an idea of how late into the game we are.
The Tintin comic books are one of the few books that my children borrow over and over again from the library. They’ve also watched several of the hand-drawn cartoons and one motion picture movie.
This latest Tintin movie, a collaboration of two big names – Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson – is an awesome piece of work. The performance capture animation is truly stunning. At times, I wondered whether it was real-life actors, the images were so real.
The usual characters were all there and were faithful to the books: Tintin and Snowy, Haddock, Thompson and Thomson, Madame Castafiore. A notable absence is the bumbling, half-deaf Professor Calculus. Perhaps he will make an appearance later – there is a hint at the end of the movie that more adventures will follow.
The action sequences were thrilling to watch – tense and yet with a just-right amount of comedic element to it. Young, sensitive viewers may be upset by some of the scenes as I found out with Miss Five. (This was surprising to me as this same child watched the Lord of the Rings trilogy and all seven Harry Potter movies without flinching.)
All in all, I will say that it was great watching it on the big screen. Didn’t manage to watch it in 3D (the little cinema only shows 2D movies), though. Perhaps, we will get it on DVD/Blu-Ray and watch it at home in 3D. Then we can enjoy the adventure all over again.