Keywords: spectacular, fast-paced, brief, exhilarating
The background: A big-screen adaptation of Tintin by Steven Spielberg has been in the works for decades, and now it's finally here in all its CGI motion capture glory.
The plot: Tintin, a keen young Belgian reporter, buys a model ship at a flea market and gets tangled up in a centuries-old feud and a hunt for unimaginable treasure. His quest for a scoop becomes a life-and-death struggle as he accompanies his newfound friend, the loud, hard-drinking captain Haddock, on an adventure that takes them halfway round the world and back at breakneck speed.
I will say little of Spielberg's treatment of the source material other than this: if you expect to see a faithful adaptation of the Tintin comic books, don't bother buying a ticket. While the film is a beautiful, affectionate tribute to the period, the characters, and the sense of adventure that permeats Hergé's stories, it is, more than anything else, a Spielberg movie. Those who fail to remember that, will be disappointed.
Anne Thompson knows what it's all about over at indiewire.com:
...Spielberg has not only pulled out his Indiana Jones toolbox but has decided to pack anything and everything into Tintin that the logistical, budgetary realities of shooting live action won’t let him do. Let off his leash, he’s clearly having a blast, and so do we.Any complaints? Nope. You simply don't get time to dislike this rollercoaster of a film. And if you think you won't like it because you need more depth, just feast your eyes on the wonderful visuals, or look for the many references to Tintin's other adventures. There's something in there for everyone.
The Adventures of Tintin opens on December 21 in the U.S.