The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, is the first film adaptation of the world famous comic of the same name by Belgian artist Herge (Georges Remi), and is also the latest project by legendary writer, director and producer, Steven Spielberg.
The film begins in quaint 1930’s Brussels, where Tintin, an intrepid young Belgian reporter, voiced by actor Jamie Bell, stumbles upon an antique ship in an outdoor market with the image of a unicorn as the mast. The merchant informs Tintin that the rare three-masted ship is the mightiest ship that has ever sailed the seven seas. Feeling that the ship truly is something special, Tintin is compelled to purchase the model at once. His life immediately takes a drastic turn toward adventure, when the sinister Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine, voiced by Daniel Craig, immediately sets his sights on Tintin and begins pursuing him to acquire the ship for himself.
Tintin realizes the importance of the ship when it breaks during a fight between his beloved dog Snowy and a neighbor cat. Amidst the pieces, he finds a secret scroll that gives him clues for finding one of the world’s most famous ancient treasures. However, Tintin is not alone in this knowledge of the scroll, and an unseemly slew of treasure seekers stops at nothing to acquire the ship, the scroll, and, ultimately, the treasure for themselves.
The film takes family fun adventure to a new level as the story ranges from the high-seas to the deserts of Morocco. It is filled with villains, thieves, and even 17th century pirates in search of the other two model ships, which contain the final clues to the treasure. Everything is filmed with motion capture technology, which bridges the gap between animation and life action film.
The Adventures of Tintin will join the ranks of other famous films by Spielberg such as; Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, and another film recently reviewed on this blog- War Horse.
While critics abroad, where the film has already opened, are claiming that the film adaptation does not exactly live up to the comic in story or even graphics, the film promises to be an excellent holiday film for all ages and a fantastic introduction to the Adventures of Tintin to the masses.