The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, The
Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a classic
adventure movie that harkens back to the serials of yesteryear. For the
uninitiated, Tintin was created by Belgian artist Georges Remi who wrote
under the name of Hergé and the character first appeared in 1929 before
becoming a world-wide phenomenon in the 1950's.
Joining Spielberg in this modern revival of the character are writers
Joe Cornish, Edgar Wright & Steven Moffat who create this almost Indiana
Jones type adventure as we follow the exploits of the red headed
journalist Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy.
story begins with a great tribute to Hergé as an artist is making a
caricature of our hero Tintin in his colourful home town and when this
drawing is shown to the viewer, it looks exactly like a Hergé drawing.
It's these subtle nods to the original series that makes The
Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn such a treat to
watch and when combined with the comedy of the British writers involved,
there's plenty of gags to be discovered along the way.
catalyst of the story is an antique model ship that is based on the 16th
century galleon called the Unicorn that Tintin purchases at his local
market. Unbeknown to Tintin, this model ship has a greater mystery
attached to it and when the villainous Sakharine (Daniel Craig) attempts
to purchase the ship from our journalist hero, things become to fall
apart when he declines. From here, Tintin is brought into a world filled
with thugs, curses and an ancient booty of pirate gold.
his ship gets stolen and just like an Indiana Jones adventure, Tintin
cannot turn down a good story nor justice as he attempts to solve this
mystery that involves 16th century pirate battle and a family curse.
Joining Tintin on his adventure is Captain Haddock, a captain who has
been drunk more than he has been sober and together they attempt to hunt
down the nefarious Sakharine before he can solve the mystery before
larger than life action scenes featuring boats and planes, the creators
of Tintin have definitely paid homage to the ideas and artwork of Hergé
that unfortunately may be missed by the modern audience. Although the
character Tintin is quite the straight man, everyone else in his world
are quite comedic like his little dog Snowy who manages to go one on one
with a Rottweiler or drunkard Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) who steals
the story on just about every occasion, especially with his whisky
plays the moustache twirling villain quite well, although some of the
scenes do feel a little flat. My only gripe with the film is that The
Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn was actually based
on three of Hergé's comics that included The Crab with the Golden Claws,
The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure which doesn't make
the film flow that smoothly. At times you wonder how it is all
connected, especially when Thomson and Thomson turn up in the middle of
nowhere to arrest Sakharine after they finally catch their pick
pocketer in another character. Nonetheless it's a spectacular
looking film on Blu-ray.
Video, Audio & Special Features
state of the art 3D motion capture animation thanks to Peter Jackson's
WETA Digital company, watching this story unfold is quite uncanny due to
the eerie realism of the characters who populate this film. Best of all,
the characters look like their comic book counterparts, whether it's
Tintin with his red hair spike or the two incompetent policemen Thomson
and Thompson (Nick Frost and Simon Pegg) with their bulbous noses. The
animation used in the film is truly breathtaking, however the use of the
3D is a little lacklustre but there are a few in your face moments that
makes you appreciate the genre.
is equally impressive and really makes good use of your surround sound
system, especially when you hear the bullets whizzing past your head in
your living room and the huge explosions. Add in four different media
formats of the film that include Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD and a Digital
Copy plus a variety of special features such as The Journey of Tintin to
Snow: From Beginning to End and the extras are not only quite
informative but delve well into the creation of the film plus the
diverse characters involved.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a fun move that
although doesn't take itself too seriously is still an enjoyable ride
from start to finish. At times the story does fall off the rails but
thankfully it doesn't take too long for the story to pick itself up
again, especially when the action commences. Add in the amazing 3D
motion capture abilities from WETA Digital and this is easily the best
looking CGI film to date. It's good to see Stephen Spielberg on his
A-Game again... check it out!
Toasting Tintin: Part 1
The Journey To Tintin
The World Of Tintin
The Who's Who Of Tintin
Tintin: Conceptual Design
Tintin: In The Volume
Snowy: From Beginning To End
Tintin: The Score
Toasting Tintin: Part 2