Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Paramount Pictures

Directed by:

Steven Spielberg


Voices of Jamie Bell as Tintin; Daniel Craig as Ivanovich Sakharine and Red Rackham; Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock and Sir Francis Haddock; Simon Pegg as Thompson; Nick Frost as Thomson

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

The Adventures of Tintin

It all starts with a model of an old ship named Unicorn. Tintin and his dog pal, Snowy, are intrigued by the ship and do some research. Before you can say Belgian waffles three times fast, Tintin pieces together the story of the ship’s captain, Sir Francis Haddock—involving his three sons, three model ships and three sets of clues that could lead to 400 pounds of gold and jewels.

When Tintin is robbed, he could have simply reported it to the police and left the detective work to them. But that's not the kind of boy Tintin is. He’s determined to do the searching himself.  Being kidnapped, taken to an old steamer ship, tied up and thrown into a cage doesn’t dampen his spirits. And when he hears a shipmate say the captain of the steamer is named Archibald Haddock, he thinks he surely must be a descendant of Sir Francis Haddock! All Tintin needs to do is get untied and slip out of this cage. . . .

Tintin is heroic and goes to great lengths to help Captain Haddock reclaim his family fortune. Even Snowy shows extraordinary courage while he tries to find the kidnapped Tintin.

The film contains lots of cartoon-like violence, including getting thumped on the head. It also contains very realistic violence, including being sprayed with bullets, using dynamite to blow open a door and a violent plane crash. Some characters die. Characters also consume alcohol.

The Adventures of Tintin, just like a rollercoaster, has its ups and its downs. The ups: The eye-popping animation is amazing, with computer-generated images that surpass The Polar Express. The film is fast-paced; it begins with a mysterious murder and soars from there through gun battles on a steamer ship to a plane crash in the Sahara to a car chase through the crowded streets of Morocco to a pirate battle on the high seas. The downs: The quick pace of the movie doesn't give us enough time to actually get to know or really care about the hero. So the ending can feel a little flat. But overall the movie follows closely to the 1930s comics it’s based on.

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