Steven Spielberg is a genius–in my opinion–and is one of the few directors that can make important, serious films and pure escapism-popcorn movies. Tintin is one of the latter and it is 100% fun and 100% Spielberg! Pairing with Peter Jackson (both huge fans of the Tintin comics and planning a trilogy) and delving into motion capture technology is a win-win situation for the audience.
The main attraction here is the flawless execution of the motion capture technology and how it allows Spielberg to express his creativity. We see his imagination materialize and it’s awesome. There were several “wow, that’s so cool” moments. The action will have you on the edge of your seat. There is a 6 minute sequence with no edits or cut aways that is well…genius.
I am a Tintin novice. I have never read the comics and you do not need to. I enjoyed the hell out of this movie without any reference. It’s like a cross between Indiana Jones and the Hardy Boys. It helps that the voice talent is brilliant. I know all the performers and they were unrecognizable–that’s how much they were in character. Andy Serkis–again, steals the show. His Captain Haddock is fantastic!
I can go on and on. But the short of it is this–The Adventures of Tintin has easily made my Top 10 list for the year! I can not wait for what Peter Jackson does with the next installment!