I haven’t seen a movie I both really liked and really disliked in ages. Because there are several of each and I don’t want to confuse you here’s my list of pros and cons for The Adventures of Tintin.
1. I loved the visual style – and I hated previous incarnations of this kind of motion capture animation (The Polar Express is just creepy). Perhaps it was just the first DVD I watched on my Blu-ray player, but I have trouble believing it would improve a lowly DVD that much. The style of animation has improved enormously. I really enjoyed the animation and I can see how it would have been very striking in 3D.
2. I loved the self-referential humor. Tintin was almost aware he is an iconic character. That tongue in cheek nod to his original graphic novel status was played well throughout.
3. His relationship with his dog, Snowy, was also well played for both laughs and character development. As good an actor as the dog from The Artist, even if he was animated.
4. The voice work was particularly well done. Other than Jaime Bell as Tintin, I could actively identify anyone, but really enjoyed them all. Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost all have voices I would have found familiar, but they did a good job diving into their characters and leaving their acting on the table.
1. I find a children’s book character (it was rated PG) that is having long conversations about how hard it would be to be sober and what it will take to have him overcome his dependence on alcohol particularly offputting in this context. Captain Haddock, who Tintin was trying to save/help on the adventure was an alcoholic. He was complaining when they walked through the desert that he’d run out of booze. Is that really what needed to happen in a children’s story? Other kids movies are available in a nice DVD series. You can find them at childnews.org.
2. This story, for all it’s twists and turns, historical and political fighting, and over the top oddities was really dull. They kept losing my attention.
3. Mostly those two.