Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig
Genre: Animation, Action, Family
Colour, 104 Minutes
At last I came round to this film and, what a visually spectacular film it is…a little too spectacular. As a huge animation fan, I was blown away by this films quite real motion capture CGI, but while it looks brilliant it is not what animation is about. Moving on, the film had an excellent ensemble of voice actors alongside a great director being, Steven Spielberg. The plot is fast paced, fun and could probably last for over 2 hours. It is a great film indeed, but the plot’s madness brings it down quite a bit.
Tintin, the intrepid young reporter goes on a relentless pursuit of a good story that thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham.
When I say the plot brings it down is due to the pace it has. This film has huge amounts of travelling and journey that is presented in such a short time. And even then, the plot finishes with a cry for a sequel. The plot, is inspired by stories from the cartoon, and alongside the bits of slapstick and cartoon humour, the plot is filled with classic cliché characters. I.E, the villain, the hero and the donor.
However, here it does not make it quite a bad thing. The film’s zany pace feels like a 100-minute Warner Brothers cartoon and is full of some pretty amazing action sequences. One thing I credit this film for is the camera work as it does stuff you know is impossible in the real world. There is one action sequence that must have took months to prepare that lasts about 45 seconds, all being the same shot without a cut. The camera travels through as the action happens and seeing all those computer-generated buildings, it was spell-binding to see.
The voice-acting was pretty well done and you can tel the cast were having lots of fun with it. With stereotypical accents (scottish and english), it maintained that cartoonatised style with the film. The cast including Jamie Bell, Daniel Craig and the rising-in-fame Andy Serkis, sums up for some funny moments.
Steven Spielberg has certainly touched the film with big-budget goodness as we see fancy CG explosions and effects all over the place, and it fits nicely with this film. In addition, we have that sense of Raiders of the Lost Ark in there with the adventure. The films visuals however, tower over the goodness of the story, which is the more important side clearly. Peter Jackson, as producer, has also shown effective control over this film with it's visuals, and it seems these two directors paired makes up for mainstream-goodness.
Verdict: Despite not having the most solid plot that travels at the speed of light, the crisp animation and characters make Tin Tin an exciting film for kids and adults.