My verdict on the Tintin movie
So anyway, we went to the Tintin movie yesterday — in 2D, as 3D doesn’t work on me. I enjoyed it a lot. They did a good job of recreating the look of Herge, and there were plenty of references to keep Tintin nerds like me entertained.
The first half of the movie had a lot of bits of Tintin stories all mushed together, and it was a bit like watching a rock concert, recognising the start of a scene, but being keen to see how they used the material.
[Limited spoilers ahead]
So we got the start of the book of Secret Of The Unicorn, opening with Herge himself drawing Tintin at a market stall (and displaying his many other characters), before the story segued into Crab With The Golden Claws, for the first sighting of Captain Haddock. Bits of Red Rackham’s Treasure were in there as well.
In fact I think the only bit of the film I wasn’t super-keen on was the entirely new material — the extended action scenes in the town, and also later at the docks, both of which just stretched credulity a little too far. Of course, Tintin stories have always been just slightly implausible, but the whole bit with the motorbike, tank, breaking dam and all the water flowing through just took it too far, I think.
And if you were wondering, yes, the dialogue is in French in France and Belgium:
Here’s the English trailer:
And here’s the… well, dumbed-down, deep-voiceover version for the North American market. Sigh.
A power that could have changed the course of history was lost. — What the heck is this on about?
Generations have searched for it. — Have they? I’m pretty sure the film doesn’t actually say that.
- PS 2/1/2012: Just found this interesting article looking at human rights and racism in Tintin books