Steven Spielberg directs The Adventures of Tintin, a movie that looks like straight-up computer animation from the get-go, but is actually a motion-capture film, shot with actors giving movement and expression to their computer counterparts.
Based on author Hergé‘s 1930s Belgian comic hero Tintin — a boy journalist with a smart and scrappy dog– The Adventures of Tintin contains one of the most impressively choreographed chase sequences in the history of movies.
Seriously, this kinetic free-for-all chase down the side of a hill would never be possible without animation, but Buster Keaton would be proud. Unfortunately, the rest of the movie suffers from its own limitations.
Since we don’t have time to slow down and get to know Tintin (Jamie Bell) or his dog Snowy too much, we are left to fend on our own with a silly plot about an alcoholic boat captain (Andy Serkis) looking for three scrolls. Which is too bad considering the powerhouse writing team of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, plus the talents of producer Peter Jackson.
Essentially, there’s a bad guy, a macguffin, and a subplot about the captain regaining the pride of his family name, but it doesn’t really draw the audience in that much.
The Adventures of Tintin offers calorie-free empty thrills for sure, so if you want to see Spielberg trying to recapture his Raiders of the Lost Ark heyday as an animated kids’ movie, you may dig this.
It’s slight fun, but fun nonetheless.