Les Aventures de Tintin

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Tintin Adventures came back to the big screen during the holidays. One of the most awaited films of the year 2011, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, made 24,107, 000 on its opening weekend in the United States. The film was given a percentage of 75 percent at Rotten Tomatoes, while 80 percent of the audience liked it.

Georges Remi wrote The Adventures of Tintin under the pen name Hergé. The first comic was released in 1929, and success was almost immediate. The series is known for its clever presentation of the world, showcasing topics such as politics, religion, crime, and humanity.

Therefore, it’s not surprising that many people around the world waited impatiently for the opening… or not.

The translation from comic/book to film usually leaves people unsatisfied. My limited knowledge of Tintin comes from a former French professor, who’s truly a fan of the series. I enjoyed the movie as a non-reader of the comics. Thus, I loved it and I was excited to see it. I’m also Doctor Who fan. I couldn’t leave the opportunity to see something written or co-written by Steven Moffat. My sister is ten years old and she loved it too. We came home and she insisted on putting Tintin’s picture as a computer background. I just rolled my eyes and smiled. She has a crush.

The Adventures of Tintin comes at you in a whoosh, like a volcano full of creative ideas in full eruption… It hits home for the kid in all of us who wants to bust out and run free. ~ Peter Travers (Rolling Stone)

Due to his success, it’s  hard to say anything bad about Speilberg. He is a cinematic genius. Nonetheless, hard-core fans might find this film lacking in authenticity and that which makes Tintin so lovable.

The action grows wearisome as it grinds on, and the film becomes a succession of dazzling set pieces devoid of simple feelings. ~ Joe Morgenstern (Wall Street Journal) 

Ultimately, if you want to feel deeply moved by this film, then it might not be the right film for you. This is definitely an adventure movie, filled with great action scenes. It’s fun and worth watching… at least once.



Update: Oscars nominated for best music. 


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