Baby-faced, British boy Tintin (voiced by Jamie Bell) is at it again—saving the world. The young journalist, who became famous for his comic escapades in the '40s and, later, for his cartoon appearances on television, made his first debut to great fanfare. The immediate reception of The Adventures of Tintin has also been surprisingly good.
The Adventures of Tintin is available in regular screening or IMAX 3D. Given its good graphics, I’d highly suggest spending the extra $6 or so to see the larger screen, 3D version.
We begin with the red-haired chap buying an old model ship at an outdoor fleamarket. As soon as he hands over his chips to buy it, an American donning a suit demands it from the boy, saying danger will befall Tintin should he keep the ship. Tintin, refusing to give into this strange request, tells the man to leave, which he does, but not before promising Tintin will die if he keeps the ship.
This little scuffle leads Tintin to do some research on the model ship, the Unicorn. As it turns out, the 17th century ship was sunk during a battle on the high seas. The target? The Unicorn’s booty of jewels and gold. And since that epic battle, a feuding of the families has emerged in London circa 1940s. It’s up to Tintin to discover two things: why this model ship is so important, and where is the sunken treasure?
Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin is dreamlike—and if you’ve seen the cartoons or read the comic books, you’ll unearth the child within. Although I was never a huge fan of the red-haired journo, I enjoyed this film simply because I was having fun the theater. His unerring capability of solving puzzles, performing daring stunts, and give a natural storyline to everything (he’s a journalist, so of course he makes the story easy to follow) makes this film really engaging. Tintin’s commissary, Captain Haddock (Andy Herkis) voiced, makes hilarious booze-filled appearance (trust me, the film is still very PG).
I can’t dish out any more of the plot without giving away an awesome mystery adventure. The ideal audiences for this movie are children and adults who grew up with Tintin’s unlikely but fantastic adventures. This is merely one in what I expect will being a growing genre of 3D, mystery solving flicks starring the one and only Tintin.
Some young moviegoers let out laughs, too (it’s about half serious, half comical): one young girl screamed in joy when Tintin survived a fall from a building in Morocco. “Hurraaay!” and another young boy relished in his delight of the film. “That was awesome!”
Local film critic, Aaron Neuwirth of WhySoBlu.com, said, "Tintin is Spielberg working his magic in a whole new spectrum. Seeing his directorial eye in the world of animation makes for an adenturous delight."
In all, I award this awesome piece of 3D animated adventure three-and-a-half Patches out of five.