Tintin and Haddock, along with Tintin’s dog Snowy, pursue their adventure on the ground, over the ocean and through the air via several amazing set-piece sequences. These wondrous sequences fill the screen—foreground and background—with visual information to the point of overload, but stop short of exhausting the viewer. There’s always another swooping camera movement, another approaching threat, another death-defying moment to keep the audience on the edge of its seat, grinning and delighted with what’s unfolding.

Don’t be surprised if, in reaching for points of comparison to Tintin, you find yourself thinking of Spielberg’s great Raiders of the Lost Ark, a film with an adventurous spirit that Tintin shares. Bonus points go to Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy) for putting the much derided motion-capture technology—put to controversial use in director Robert ZemeckisThe Polar Express, Beowulf and A Christmas Carol, among others—to great use in this computer-animated, 3D adventure.

The Adventures of Tintin shows that Spielberg still hasn’t lost his boyhood sense of wonder. He’s made one of the most adventurous, entertaining films of the year, showing that, sometimes, they do make ’em like they used to.

CAUTIONS:

  • Language/Profanity: “Swear to God”; “holy snakes!”
  • Alcohol/Smoking/Drugs: Reference to drinking, and later, many shots of the captain imbibing and longing for liquor; a dog drinks whiskey; Tintin says, “There are worse things than sobering up.”
  • Sex/Nudity: None.
  • Violence/Crime: Many guns are brandished, pointed and fired; pick-pocketing; Tintin’s apartment is vandalized; a man falls down, dead; a character is chloroformed; cars nearly run Tintin over; a man points a sword at Tintin; sword fights; dynamite is detonated; a threat to “make him talk … break every bone in his body”; a man falls off a ship and into the sea; a plane flies through an imposing cloud of darkness called the “wall of death”; an expressed desire for vengeance; the Captain is hit in the back of the head with a bottle.
  • Religion: A sculpture of St. John the evangelist is shown.


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