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The Adventures of Tintin

January 12, 2012

I knew nothing about Tintin before this movie came out. All I knew that Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson were making a movie together. They were going to forgo live action to use performance capture in order to accomplish exciting set pieces not possible with actors.

My girlfriend and I watched Tintin last night and we had a fun time. We left the theater smiling and couldn’t believe the animation we had just witnessed. I’ve never seen better animation in a performance capture film.

The problem is that nobody is watching this film in the US. It has only made $65 million at the domestic box office while it has made $269 million overseas. I would love a sequel because this is a film that features some of the best chase scenes since Indiana Jones. There is a seven minutes tracking shot that follows Tintin as he and Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) chase a flying piece of a treasure map. My jaw dropped as I watched the inventive scene that Spielberg and Jackson dreamed up.

The movie focuses on intrepid journalist Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy as they chase down clues to find a pirate treasure. Tintin is aided by an incredibly drunk Captain named Haddock and the two Thompsons (Nick Frost, Simon Pegg). The villain is the ultra angry Rackham (Daniel Craig). Along the way they crash planes, escape ships, speed on motorcycles and punch many people.

Tintin also features one of the funniest scenes of the year between the Thompson twins and a wily wallet thief. I dare you not to laugh at the bumbling cops and confused criminal.

Watch this movie while you can. It is a total treat to behold in 3D. Enjoy, smile and smile more.

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