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The Adventures of Tintin is an animated movie based on the French comic series by Hergé from the late 20’s to the mid-70’s. It stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and Daniel Craig as Sakharin. It was directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish (the men behind Sherlock & Doctor Who – Moffat, Hot Fuzz & Shaun of the Dead – Wright, and Attack the Block – Cornish). A lot of big names were behind this.

In the story Tintin buys a model of a 17th century ship. Mr. Sakharin wants that ship, and will apparently do whatever necessary to acquire it. He’s not really after the ship, he’s after a scroll hidden inside of it. Tintin’s apartment gets ransacked , and then he gets kidnapped because Sakharin thinks he has the scroll. That’s when he meets Captain Haddock and the two of them set out to beat Sakharin at his own game.


  • The opening sequence, which is animated in the standard 2D way, is stunning.
  • The whole movie is a visual treat. This is the best looking movie that uses motion capture like this. It looks so realistic.
  • Deserving of its own bullet is Steven Spielberg’s directing, and kudos to the animation team. Spielberg sets up some great shots, like seeing an important character in the reflection of another character’s glasses, or a bottle. A lot of the transitions are brilliant too. For example: the knuckles on a pointing hand turn into hills overlooking a city.
  • Andy Serkis steals the show as Captain Haddock and is easily the best character.


  • This is quite a personal gripe, but I expected it to be better. With all the names involved the bar was set way high, and The Adventures of Tintin fell a little short.
  • This could be the fault of the comics, or adapting two stories, but the movie goes “OK, the climax is now! This is the end of the action.” It’s very abrupt, and it feels forced.

The Adventures of Tintin isn’t as great as I expected it to be, but it’s still certainly a good movie. The cast, animation, humor, and shot choice are great; it just feels like something is missing. Maybe Tintin and Captain Haddock will find that something in the inevitable sequel. Well, assuming this does well enough at the box office.

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