By Karan Patel (Simple Complex Continuity)
Tintin – All aboard the KARABOUDJAN!!
The long, long wait was finally over! I heard the news around a year back about a possibility of a series of Tintin movies based on the comic and I got goosebumps reading about it. Usually such news is followed by disappointment. (“The movie probably won’t do justice to the book.”)
Such an incredibly huge legacy, maybe a boring hype to go along with it, but wait, what?
Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson are going to be directing this together?
Ok, this should be the bomb.
I have probably read each and every Tintin a gazillion times back in the day and know the characters, text, illustrations, humor, plots, minute details like the fact that every Tintin has exactly 62 pages except Tintin and the Lake of Sharks because it was the only one made for an animation movie, and not to be read as a book… and all sorts of trivia, in and out, so my excitement was rocketing through the highest utopia in space that could be possible.
The movie is an adaptation of two of Herge’s books: The Secret Of The Unicorn and The Crab With The Golden Claws.
I am not going to talk about the story here, simply because this is a movie review of an age-old comic. The blend of these two books was unusual because they do not have a link between them. Steven Spielberg did a mindblowing job at connecting these two stories and since this was the first movie out, it was great to bring out the introduction of Tintin and Captain Haddock.
There were some outstanding features which I’d like to talk about:
The opening credits animation – you know you are in for a thrill if the first few minutes set you in an awe. All the fight sequences were incredible and you can clearly see Peter Jackson’s touch in them. The actors were just phenomenal, right from Daniel Craig who played Sacharine to the blundering Thomson and Thompsons (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost). Snowy looks as cute as he does in the book. Captain Haddock, played by Andy Serkis was spot on! The sets created for the fictional city of Bagghar were a drool for the eye.
Above all, a big THANK YOU to Herge (Georges Remi)!
Rating : 4/5