The Adventures of Tintin

To tell the complete truth, I was hesitant to see Tintin. Even though I love movies and I adore going to theaters, for some reason I didn’t feel like going to this one. My family persuaded me to come along and I am so glad that they did. Tintin ended up becoming one of my favorite movies of 2011 and it beat Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2 as my favorite animated film of the year.

Growing up, I had never read the Tintin books so I have no history with the series nor did I have any preconceived notions as to what the movie should be like. Simply speaking, I had no idea what to expect (besides the fact that I knew a Spielberg/Jackson collaboration would be nothing short of amazing) and I was pleasantly surprised.

The story follows the adventures of Tintin, a young reporter who, with the help of his faithful dog, Snowy, investigates a mysterious story. While he is searching for answers, Tintin is caught up in a fantastic adventure and ends up traveling all over the world and meeting many colorful characters.

The Good

I loved how adventurous Tintin is. He is brave and is an amazing role model for young boys today. While some people might not appreciate the violence or Tintin’s use of a gun, I loved how it gave boys the adventure of fighting and protecting in a completely honorable and wholesome way.

The story is fun and fast-paced; action-packed and very amusing. My seven-year-old brother was literally on the edge of his seat the entire time and my dad and I were laughing throughout the course of the film. The Adventures of Tintin was a fabulous way to spend an afternoon.

The Bad

The MPAA rated this film PG for “adventure action violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking.”

In my opinion, this was a wonderfully clean film devoid of the hidden agendas that are so often prevalent in even children’s movies today. Nevertheless, I would not recommend it for very young children because of the intensity and violence in some scenes. There are also some bad attitudes present that would be best discussed with younger viewers. Captain Haddock is an alcoholic and, while it isn’t exactly depicted as a positive trait, it isn’t strongly declared as wrong.

Another major theme of the film centers upon revenge and living up to a legacy and family history. The Bible clearly teaches that revenge is wrong, but a decent job was done in depicting it as unfavorable. As for striving to be like family members, we are called to live and become more like Christ. All men are sinners and we shouldn’t be concerned about what they would think of us. We solely should be worried about how Christ sees us. This film does a pretty good job, however, of showing how the mindset of pleasing man can destroy a person. One of the characters became a criminal and the other became a drunk because they couldn’t live up to the expectations of their deceased ancestors.

There is one use of minor profanity.

The Art

The animation was beyond stunning. While the entire visual experience was brilliant (the best animation I’ve seen since The Owls of Ga’Hoole) the acting and the music were incredible as well. The vocal skills of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Daniel Craig were first-class and really brought their characters to life. John Williams’ score was fun and lively with Indiana Jones undertones. In fact, this film had an Indiana Jones-feel throughout most likely resulting from Spielberg’s directing and Williams’ music. Every aspect of “camera” work was exciting and creative. If you simply go to see this movie for artistic reasons, you won’t be disappointed.

In conclusion, no matter your age, gender, or interests, The Adventures of Tintin is a fun film that anyone would enjoy. Spielberg and Jackson put out a superb movie which I cannot wait to see again.

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  1. Really looking forward to this one, even before reading this review- but now that you tell me about Tintin being a real man, I’m only more excited. I’m so tired of wimpy, whiny, rebellious, teenage male protagonists.

      • Cassandra Rhoden
      • January 7th, 2012

      I loathe the typical wimpy and rebellious teen male protagonists as well and Tintin was like a breath of fresh air. He was brave and honorable and adventurous… All of those are traits that I believe young boys should be cultivating before they reach manhood. Anyway, yes, Tintin is certainly worth seeing and Tintin’s remarkable character makes the film that much more enjoyable.

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