For my second of my two reviews for the Spielberg blogathon, I bring you a review of The Adventures of Tintin (2011).
This post is part of the SPIELBERG BLOGATHON hosted by Outspoken & Freckled, It Rains… You Get Wet, and Citizen Screenings taking place August 23–24. Please visit these host blogs for a full list of participating blogs.
Thanks to Kellee, Aurora and Michael for letting me be a part of this blogathon.
Number of Times Seen – 2 (23 Feb 2012 and 22 Aug 2014)
Brief Synopsis – A young reporter and his dog get involved in a lost pirates treasure and begin an adventure across the globe to find it.
My Take on it – Growing up during the 80’s in the midwestern U.S., I was never exposed to the adventures of Tintin in any format whatsoever.
When I heard a few years back that Spielberg was to helm this picture, I was quite excited to see how he would pull it off. He had never done animation and previous attempts at motion caption movies like The Polar Express by Robert Zemekis (as an example) just couldn’t get the humans to not look so creepy.
Thankfully, he figured out how to do it.
The animation looks wondrous because it feels like the perfect blend of live action and animation even though it is 100% animated using motion capture and CGI.
Not only does he manage to get the humans to look right, he also got the action scenes to move so well that I was frequently reminded of an early trilogy helmed by Spielberg that featured another adventurer traveling the world seeking lost artifacts.
Not surprisingly, this movie did much better overseas than it did stateside due to the lack of popularity of the characters there.
I find it quite interesting (or maybe just coincidentally) that two of the characters resemble Spielberg and co-producer Peter Jackson.
I am very excited for the sequel which should be coming out in two years from now.
Bottom Line – Spielberg really knows how to mix action and adventure and to use his techniques in a movie done with motion capture animation is pure genius. The character animation is done extremely well and many parts are reminiscent of adventures of a little known archeologist named Jones. Can’t wait for the next installment ! Highly recommended!
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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