The Adventures of Tintin in 3D (2011)

Adventures of Tintin Secret of the Unicorn 3D 2011 poster movie review

Rated: U
Genre: Animation, adventure, action
Running Time: 1 hour 47 mins
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Andy Serkis
Synopsis: “Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship” (IMDb). The performance capture 3D film is based on the classic French comic book series, The Adventures of Tintin.

Verdict: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn displays the brilliance of CG animation of the highest quality. Steven Spielberg made every scene very lively and action-filled. John Williams did fantastic with the scores yet again. All in all a great production. However, I find the slapstick humour and plot rather uninspiring and predictable. What entertained me the most wasn’t the movie in general. Instead, it was the performance of the actors and of course, the visuals.

Least favourite scene: I didn’t like how the story starts with Tintin stumbling into an adventure by absolute luck. That just shows how much effort the writers put on the screenplay.

The ending/ sequel?: [SPOILER BEGINS HERE] With the three scrolls in hand, Tintin and Haddock finds the treasure in one of the places Tintin has already been to at the beginning of the movie. Tintin finds a new clue from there which indicates that if there is to be a sequel, it may be based the Red Rackham’s Treasure episode of the original comic book series [SPOILER ENDS HERE].

Andy Serkis! Finally a motion capture performance as a human for a change (as Captain Haddock). He was the prime reason why I managed to stay awake throughout this film. When I saw his name at the opening credits, I actually thought he played the role of Snowy the dog.

To be watched in 3D? I don’t think there’d be much of a difference unless you watch it at a proper 3D cinema.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

How a live-action Tintin looks like…
Tintin and the Golden Fleece (1961)

 The invitation to the premiere screening of the film was courtesy of ChurpChurp.

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  1. Anonymous

    "Least favourite scene: I didn't like how the story starts with how Tintin stumbles in an adventure by luck. That just shows how much effort the writers put on the screenplay."

    hmmm, i dun agree with you here. Tintin in the comics is always like that, he's just a plain & simple good guy–he's no Indiana Jones or Nathan Drake. the only thing u know about him is that he's a journalist that stumbles upon an adventure, that's all.

    the only thing the screenplay did was following the source material through n through.

  2. CleverMunkey ®

    would be better if watch in imax i think? the action was quite entertaining but i don't think the climax of the movie actually caught my attention… boy wonder who knows everything & a dog that has a human instinct… LOL

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