I guess I am surprised that so many fans that are passionate about Tintin and Herge would actually think what Jackson and more importantly Spielberg have done with the source material as being OK. It really is unbelievable.
Well, there are different aspects of Tintin that draw different people to it. For me, it's character relations and friendships. Spielberg put more of that in, so of course I'm going to be thrilled about it, just like I am to see the Captain given an expanded role.
Also, I'm sure I can't be the only one who cringes at the Captain knocking out Tintin with the empty bottle in the original Crab With the Golden Claws
. Nelvana changed it, Spielberg changed it, and I am so glad of that. Even in the future books by Hergé, the Captain never attacks Tintin again, even if drunk; that was an out-of-character moment for him in Crab
, and is one of those things that, in my opinion, is better off changed.
Thing is, if Spielberg had kept everything verbatim from the books, he'd have a bunch of people complaining that he had no imagination to expand or change things. It's really a lose-lose situation for him--either he can please the ones who want things the same, or please the ones who want something different, but he can't make everyone happy.
Everyone is going to have an opinion that differs. All I know is that I haven't been this enthralled by a movie in years, and I will be snapping it up the moment it's released on DVD!