Spielberg makes 'The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn' sparkle15/03/2012 - 16:19:57
The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn
(Cert PG, 102 mins, Animation/Action/Adventure/Comedy)
Gung-ho reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) buys a model ship and is plunged into a centuries-old mystery involving Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig).
Ivan asks Tintin to name his price for the boat but the reporter refuses to sell, sensing the wooden vessel is far more valuable than it first appears.
Sure enough, a cryptic conundrum lies within, revealing that “only a true Haddock will discover the secret of The Unicorn”. Blistering barnacles!
Assisted by trusty pooch Snowy, Tintin searches for more clues, meeting booze-sodden Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), whose family history holds the key to the mystery of a cursed shipwreck.
Herge’s iconic hero with the distinctive ginger quiff enters the 21st century in The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn, which employs state-of-the-art motion capture to translate actors’ movements into the performances of incredibly detailed digital characters.
Steven Spielberg’s film is a breathlessly entertaining spectacle, littered with eye-popping action set pieces that would simply be unthinkable – not to mention astronomically expensive – as live action.
A dizzying motorcycle chase through the winding alleys of a Moroccan marketplace is accomplished in a single take and Captain Haddock’s penchant for booze provides the hilarious spark for an explosive bi-plane flight.
The script, co-written by Peter Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, delivers some big laughs, such as when Captain Haddock reveals that one of his crew has no eyelids. “Aye, it was a card game to remember!” growls the salty sea dog.
One version of the Blu-ray includes the film in 3D.
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