Friday, December 30, 2011
The Case for Belgian Reporters
The Adventures of Tintin in 3D is sold as a visual experience from those masters of movies, Spielberg and Jackson. And to cut to the quick, it pretty much is.
The animation is absolutely incredible. The people (besides their faces) all look and move with a realism that indicates that there is new technology besides motion capture at work. Oddly enough, the brief appearance of the singing Comtessa was the animated highlight, her clothing and gestures so incredibly realised that it almost appeared that a real woman had been filmed and only her head digitally replaced.
And for a change the 3D is really worth it. I noticed it many times through the swirling camera angles and frenetic action, and was amazed an impressed each time.
The only down side were bits of the story. Tintin is a tale from another time, and the bumbling antics of Thomson and Thompson and some of the plot developments creak under the age of the source material. Captain Haddock's battle with alcoholism is meant to be a source of mirth but, viewed with a packet of ghost chips, doesn't seem as amusing as I am sure it is meant to be.
But overall, the film is a fantastic ride. The incredible freedom that comes with a completely generated world is put to amazing use, and in the end, I was looking forward to Tintin's next adventure.
Verdict: The Adventures of Tintin was definitely a movie to see in 3D, and most definitely was a film worth seeing. 8 Unicorns out of 10.