Wednesday, January 25, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

In lieu of frighteningly vivid lazer tagg, both because it costs $15 a fucking person and because something like this would probably happen, Dan Glaser, Steven Molony and I attended a moving picture film at our local cinema out here in historic Rancho Cucamonga. We attended a 3D showing of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (mostly for The Hobbit trailer) and overall, enjoyed ourselves. More detailed thoughts on the script follow.

While I found the movie to be rollicking, swashbuckling adventure of a high caliber, I'm loathe to admit it had almost nothing to do with the script itself. The action scenes were creative, elaborate and pleasingly pulpy but, even with big-hitters Moffat, Wright and Cornish, I can't shake the feeling that's more to do with Spielberg and Jackson than any officially credited screenwriter. I'd be the first to admit that, in the case of most pictures, the action of the story is as much a part of a screenplay as the dialogue itself, but with two auteurs of that caliber behind the wheel, I feel like Tintin could be the exception.

I found the characterization somewhat lacking, the pacing too breakneck and the dialogue frankly unimpressive; how much of that is an attempt to capture the creator's original work, I don't know, but the film is definitely more engaging on a technical and performance level. (Which, by the way, are insane. Certainly it cost, what, 135 million to achieve, but the mo cap is truly something to see.) A beautiful, remarkable and extremely well-made film, if perhaps somewhat uneven. Definitely worth the watch.

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