Based on Herge's beloved comics, Tintin (Jamie Bell) is a young reporter on the trail of a lost treasure after coming into possession of a model of the ship 'The Unicorn'. However, other forces are at work in the form of businessman Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), also seeking the lost fortune. Along his travels, Tintin teams up with the lovable drunk Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), descendant of the Unicorn's captain, to thwart Sakharine's schemes. Adventure ensues...
One of the best and most fun adventures to hit the silver screen in a long time, Spielberg's take on the Belgian icon is unapologetic, old fashioned matinee fun, with dynamic animation and breath taking action sequences, some even done in one long take like a chase through a Morrocan city. Seriously, if someone makes a list or book on great film action sequences, and forgets this, it's a crime in defiance of the Geneva Convention! This is further assisted by great performances from a strong cast, especially a wonderfully manic Serkis as Haddock and an unrecognizable Craig as the villain. Add in razor sharp pacing and generous helpings of humour, no shock given Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish had a hand in writing, and you have a well rounded ride.
Honestly, if I had anything to complain about, it's maybe that John Williams' theme isn't as memorable as it should be, sounding more like a 60s spy film than grand adventure, and maybe The Thompsons (played by Frost and Pegg) are exploited for a few cheap slapstick laughs, but hey, I chuckled all the same.
In closing, Spielberg and Jackson succeed with flying colours, and if 'Pirates' or 'Crystal Skull' has jaded you, then 'Tintin' may very well be the high adventure you're so badly looking for.