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5.0 out of 5 stars The worst post-viewing experience ever!
I'll explain my review title later, but first, a quick summary:
Possibly the best animation I have ever seen. The facial expressions, character movement, and the motion of clothing to wind, rain / character movement are outstanding. The crisp details of each scene were wonderful, as were the light and shade effects. There are people who...
Published 20 months ago by Maxwell Edison
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but not great
As a great Tintin fan I waited for this movie with antecipation. The result? Well, mixed feelings. The animation is fabulous, the visuals are appealing, the rythmn is relenteless and the whole thing has an appealing atmosphere for us to absorb. However, like other people already said, there are some problems. To begin with, the scrip doesn't follow the books. Obviously,...
Published 9 months ago by Jorge Carnaxide
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly created re-imagining of the children's classic,
This review is from: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)This review is based on having watched the film at home on Blu-ray with my family.
Although I was never a huge fan of the comics as a child, I remember every Saturday morning watching the TV cartoon adventures, divided into short episodes which always seemed to finish with Tintin and his friends apparently about to get shot, blown up, or drowned, only to miraculously escape at the start of the next episode. Whenever I think about Tintin I can still hear the ridiculously overdramatised narrator's voice from forty years ago, asking whether our heroes will meet some dreadful fate and telling the listener to find out next week on "Herge's Adventures of Tintin!"
In a nice touch, this superb example of modern film-making starts with a nod to the original comics and TV cartoons as Tintin, whose face is at first out of shot, is walking in the market and a street artist offers to draw a cartoon of him. We see first the cartoon, which looks just like the Herge cartoons, and then the modern depiction of Tintin as it is handed to him.
This film is apparently based on three of the favourite Tintin stories: "The Secret of the Unicorn (Adventures of Tintin)," "Red Rackham's Treasure (Adventures of Tintin)," and "The Crab with the Golden Claws (Adventures of Tintin)."
It features the indomitable boy reporter, his dog Snowy, Captain Haddock, and the bumbling policemen Thompson and Thomson.
Just like the original this film is preposterous but highly entertaining escapist fantasy and was both amusing and exciting: both Tintin and the bad guys regularly achieve the impossible, but it is very easy to suspend disbelief while you're watching the film and just enjoy it.
Quality of the images was very high indeed and in places you could almost have been watching something real.
A very high-powered voice cast brought out the voices beautifully and sounded very like the original TV series.
A treat for present day kids and "big kids" reliving their childhood alike.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An artistic TRIUMPH! Thank you, Steven & Peter!,
I just couldn't get enough of them. The books were truly the stuff of legend, so colourful, bold and exciting, with the right mix of cartoon, humanity and realism to make this world and its inhabitants so appealing to generations of fans worldwide. As a child, I loved all those amazing adventures of this young, courageous and intelligent reporter Tintin and his loyal dog Snowy as they travelled all over the world - and into outer space, lest we forget! - solving mysteries, thwarting villains and conquering challenges with so many colourful friends like Professor Calculus, Detectives Thomson & Thompson and of course, the irrepressible Captain Haddock.
I never ever thought about a motion picture based on these timeless stories to be honest with you. Yes, there was the absolute quality animated series from the nineties, and I was happy to leave it at that. I mean, Hergé's style was just so vivid and distinctive that it was easy to translate into a cartoon, but much more difficult for a live-action film, and maybe even a CGI-flick as well.
I suppose I didn't want to run the risk of being disappointed by a feature-length Tintin film (no different than any other lifetime fan of the books, really). Which is why when news of Tintin finally hitting the big screen came around, I really didn't know how to take it. I saw a few images, and then I saw the trailer. It was unlike anything I'd ever seen before, so I decided to reserve judgement a little longer until I'd finally checked out the film.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is essentially an adaptation of the book of the same name, "The Crab With The Golden Claws" and "Red Rackham's Treasure". Here, our Tintin is a most famous reporter (accompanied by best friend, Snowy) who one day buys a model ship of the Unicron, a famous historical ship. But it isn't long before shadowy individuals are after the model for their own purposes. Tintin must uncover the secret of the model before it falls into the wrong hands, and to do that, he will need the help of a certain old sea captain.
So is it any good? YES, and then some. Directed and produced by movie legends Steven Spielberg (Duel, Jaws, Jurassic Park etc) and Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings & King Kong), this Tintin epic is a true cinematic delight that's worthy of both the name and the creator Hergé. Both Spielberg and Jackson are genuine Tintin fans and it shows throughout. They clearly wanted to remain faithful to the original source material and as such, it is. The setting and characters here are all accurate and true, the story and plot unravels with the grace and intrigue that you would find in any legendary Tintin adventure, and there are so many dollops of wonderful humour, interaction and excitement. Long story cut short, this has the ESSENCE of Tintin.
But the most obvious aspect about The Secret of the Unicorn is unquestionably the animation style. The motion capture technique in completely unlike anything I've ever seen before in cinema or on television. At first, I wasn't sure if I was watching an actual live-action film or a CGI move that easily rivals anything from Pixar! It just blew me away how harmoniously it all blends together. Not only that, the character designs pay true homage to Hergé's original drawings as well! It's pure artistry in how it remains all the more faithful, yet also creates a brand new visioning for this generation.
The voice-cast is inspired, too. Jamie Bell (Tintin) and Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock) are flawless in their roles. You truly believe that they ARE Tintin and Captain Haddock(!), given how distinctive they make their performances. The same can be said for Simon Pegg and Nik Frost who provide the perfect bumbling tones for the incompetent (yet lovable) Thompson twins. Current "James Bond" Daniel Craig also deserves high-marks as well for his sinister & deliciously malevolent role as antagonist Sakharine.
What else is there? The soundtrack is rollicking, the film runs on for just the right length of time (at 102 minutes), the pacing is perfect, and Steven Moffat (of Doctor Who fame!), Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead/Hot Fuzz) & Joe Cornish all deserve props for their screenplay, producing a script that flatters the talents of the voice cast, and Spielberg and Jackson's vision for the film. I don't think I can praise this film enough. It's just an artistic masterpiece with virtually no fault whatsoever.
Extras on this DVD consist of two featurettes; a special behind-the-scenes look at the film's making (with great insight from Spielberg, Jackson, the cast and production staff) and an examination of Snowy (called "The Full Tail") which looks at the characters' original conception, various anecdotes and how the wonderful, little terrier was bought to life for the big screen. Delightful special features indeed to finish things off. And there're English subtitles as well for those who require them.
The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is one of the best family films to emerge in a long time. Like the original books, like the cartoon series, this is a movie that will appeal to children and adults alike. It has all the heart and soul of Hergé's stories and is hopefully the first of several more quality epics to come.
3.0 out of 5 stars Kids adventure.,
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This review is from: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)  (Blu-ray)Just as I remembered the stories but it was very well made and enjoyable. Good for children but not that much for older people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 8 year old loves it,
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you like Tin Tin,,
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This review is from: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn [Blu-ray] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)Item as described and cheapest around many thanks.will use you folk again without fail...works a treat arrived on time and before time.
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The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn - Triple Play (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy)  by Steven Spielberg (Blu-ray - 2012)