As said in another post, I was fortunate enough to see the movie in Sydney Australia last night thanks to Paramount Pictures.
I was blown away visually with the scope of the film. Motion capture is incredible. The characters are incredibly realistic and I really think it captures Herge's drawings perfectly.
Peter Jackson said in a past interview:We're making them look photorealistic; the fibres of their clothing, the pores of their skin and each individual hair. They look exactly like real people â€“ but real Herge people!
This summary was spot on the money and I'm completely convinced that Spielberg was correct in utilising motion capture for the film.
I think the visual style, script and story has completely missed the point of much of what's most important about HergÃ©'s art and writing
I think Balthazar, it's incredible difficult to capture Herge's visual style in a film, some would say almost impossible but wouldn't you agree this film comes as close to an acceptable standard?
It's hyper realism not a cartoon format like the 1992 series (though I agree very faithful and true to the books). With this film, you really think your there
in the moment, especially with the 3D element.
Whilst I knew the film would deviate from the books (it's pretty much commonplace with film adaptions!) I was overall, extremely impressed with the end result. I personally would have loved a faithful adaption of the books but knew this was never going to be the case.
In my opinion the film serves 4 distinct purposes:
1. Appease the Tintin purists in finally seeing the works be adapted into a film. I think we can agree that any efforts are exciting and will serve to add fresh debate and discussion amongst us all!
2. Break the elusive USA market. By tapping into America Tintin finally goes mainstream globally.
3. Appease the studios. The movie must have all the common components of a blockbuster film (action, suspense, drama, humour etc)
4. Appeal to children to create a new and ongoing audience for the coming generations.
My son seems to have been inspired by the film to get more interested in the books than he was previously
I argue this is fundamentally the best thing to come from the movie, this and encourage a new and interested audience to experience and enjoy Tintin as we all do. The film creates curiosity and hopefully leads a new or dormant audience to read the books to experience the real deal!!
If the movie serves this purpose Balthazar I'm in full support for it!
Getting back to my review:Positives
- Loved Thom(p)sons, thought they were captured perfectly onscreen
- Loved the title sequence - reminded me of Spielberg's other movie Catch Me If You Can
- Liked Snowy, felt he was portrayed well, always doing things in the background and was not left out by any means. He held his own!
- Others has said they did not like it but I loved the glass shattering at Bianca's performance. Thought that effect was memorising!
- Haddock's 'Bingo' when they opened the cache of alcohol. Great light relief and summed up his character perfectly. I think Herge would have approved at this touch!
- Red Rackham's entrance slowly walking down the mast in Haddock's dream sequence was genuinely gripping and somewhat frightening, dare I say!
- Herge's cameo and the street market sequence - great to introduce the film!
- Desert sequence with Tintin/Haddock wandering on the sand - perfect adaption!
- Row Boat - as above thought I was reading the books!Negatives
Haddock speech near the end to Tintin - to me it sounded too much like Samwise in Lord of the Rings, Two Towers
not Haddock's personality at all
- Crane fight at the end - someone else has said it was similar to Donald Duck/Uncle Scrooge comic sequence, I agree. I found it too over the top.
- Tank/Bird/Motorbike sequence - found this too unbelievable and think Spielberg included this in the movie to add the extra chase/action summary element for the film.
- Haddock's 'what a dish' comment for Bianca. This goes totally against his character
Despite the negatives, summing up, watching the movie for me was a very special experience. It's been a 30 year wait :)