In this exciting adventure/mystery film based on the original "Tintin" comics, Tintin, his dog Snowy and Captain Haddock embark on a quest to find the secret location of a lost treasure before the villainous Rackham and his men get to it.
It's usually difficult to adapt cartoons into film; it often turns out looking not so great, as seen in movies like "Speed Racer," "Garfield: The Movie" and "The Last Airbender." However, "Tintin" pulls off the transition of comic to motion picture very well with the use of computer graphics animation.
The design of the human characters has a very good blend of realistic human features and cartoon features. The similarity to the original cartoon designs would not have been successful without the use of computer animation. The rest of the animation, like the background, is very nicely designed and animated. The experience is heightened if seen in 3-D.
The story is good with a number of original and unique elements as well as a few that moviegoers have seen a number of times. Going on an adventure to find clues leading to a lost treasure is not a new plot device ("National Treasure," "The DaVinci Code"), but the unique thing about "Tintin," though, is its style and story execution.
The story combines both cartoon elements, such as the slapstick humor and improbable situations, and more mature elements, such as the frequent use of alcohol, life-or-death situations and character motives. It's like watching a Disney movie combined with a modern action movie. This is often seen in the well-written action sequences. In fact, the movie itself almost feels like an "Indiana Jones" sequel, with a cartoon twist. This style keeps both kids and adults interested throughout the movie.
There isn't much wrong with the movie, but it might have been a bit more interesting if there was more character development in Tintin and if he wasn't presented as almost perfect, which made the movie somewhat boring at times. The ending might have been a bit better if it had a little more closure, but maybe it was just like that to make way for its sequel coming sometime in 2014 or 2015. Otherwise, "Tintin" is a fantastic movie. There is plenty of room for improvement in some areas, but nonetheless, it is well worth seeing and definitely lives up to its hype.
Dave Caya is a senior at Akron High School.
"The Adventures of Tintin"
3 1/2 stars (out of 4)