If the phrase “Billions of blistering blue barnacles” sounds to you like a mere alliteration, then it is likely that you haven’t heard of Tintin and his exploits. In such a case, my sincere suggestion to you would be to immediately rush to your nearest book seller and start reading the comic book series and allow yourself the luxury of soaking in a world of fantasy, adventure and farcical escapades. And whether you are ten or eighty or any age in between, you will love that experience.
If Captain Haddock’s swear words drive you into a nostalgic journey back to the school days when you would have feasted on the Tintin comics, then it certainly will be worth your while to spend a hundred odd minutes in watching the newest directorial attempt of Steven Spielberg. Herge, the Belgian, who created the character Tintin and all associate characters like his faithful terrier Snowy, the fumbling cop pair of Thomson and Thompson and the whisky loving Captain Haddock, would have certainly been pleased with this production.
Tintin is no great Super hero: unlike Batman or Superman or Phantom, he possesses no great physical skills; in fact, despite being an intelligent personality, he portrays a lost look most of the times. He also does not have girl friends and is content with Snowy as his companion. Despite this, these comics, originally written in French and translated in numerous languages, have had such an appeal that one wonders as to why these comic serials have not been made as movies. Once you see this movie, it becomes clear that it required a genius like Steven Spielberg to realize that for the real impact of the fantasy world to be felt, technology of film making had to advance to a remarkable extent. It is this technology of motion capture (in which the performance of live actors is captured on a movie camera and there is a digital mapping of each of the movements on to 2 D or 3 D animated images) which facilitates the filming of impossible sequences. A mere animation like what we see in other comics brought to the big screen would have deprived the audience of the quasi-real experience.
It is ironical that the lead artiste comes through in the movie as totally bland and the supporting character Captain Haddock is the one who steals the show. The scene in which Captain Haddock refuels the aircraft with his whisky laden breath is perhaps the best; just as good is the chase sequence in the streets of Morocco. The situation featuring the Thomson and Thompson pair and the pickpocket is another remarkably shot scene.
But if you are someone who can’t digest fantasy, then you must stay away from this movie. Unless, of course, you want to see this movie just because this is perhaps the first Hollywood movie which has been released all over the world except in US; audiences in the US have to wait for another month to get to watch this. And they may love it, if they are told that the hero is Captain Haddock and the movie is renamed: The Adventures of Captain Haddock!
RATING: 4 out of 5
November 21, 2011

About Vijay from Muscat

A cheerful person who loves watching and reviewing movies and indulges in random writings!
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  1. Jaya Ramesh says:

    Vijay , I can never forget the Blistering blue barnacles and most of his adventures.Its ,indeed an evergreen series of books, that one can never get bored of. Right from Snowy, Thomson, Captain and tintin himself, All the characters and the lucid description will take you to their same world

  2. jayant saindane says:

    Tintin comics have seem to have been a passage to fantasy over age boundaries and one tends to end up loving the supporting characters more.Dunno whether is is because of the human tendency to support the bit flawed against a more balanced Tinitin, but the drunk capn Haddock always rules the mind when remebering the comics.,.The characters come live when reading and definitely need to see the film to see whether the same nostalgia perpetuates.

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