The Adventures of Tintin
(PG) Paramount DVD/BD
This adventure begins when Tintin purchases a model ship for one pound from a market and is immediately accosted by two suspicious characters begging to buy it from him. Tintin refuses and is left with an ominous warning. Unperturbed but curious, he takes the ship home and attempts to uncover its mystery, whereupon he is kidnapped by the villainous Ivanovich Sakharine (voiced by an almost unrecognisable Daniel Craig) and taken aboard Captain Haddock’s ship, which Sakharine has commandeered.
Tintin and Snowy team up with Haddock (voiced by Andy Serkis) in a race against Sakharine to uncover the mystery of three model ships and the clues inside them.
There’s excitement, mystery and plenty of silliness for the kids, but also some truly funny moments.
Director Steven Spielberg has teamed up with producer Peter Jackson and the Weta Workshop and Digital teams in a winning combination.
The Adventures of Tintin is good, old-fashioned entertainment that doesn’t make you think too hard. You won’t get lost along the way but you may find yourself tuning out halfway though some of the lengthier (though brilliantly-directed) action sequences. The flawless CGI atones for a multitude of sins, and if you can suspend your disbelief over some of the more preposterous moments, this is a delightfully entertaining film.
Whether you are a diehard fan of Belgian cartoonist Hergé’s beloved comics or completely oblivious; there is no doubt that the world of Tintin has been brought to life in a beautiful way.