Oscar® Nominee for Best Music (original score)
The Adventures of Tintin also known as “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”
Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
Kids Family Teens Adults
Family Animation Mystery Adventure 3D Adaptation
1 hr. 41 min.
Year of Release:
December 21, 2011 (wide—3,000+ theaters)
DVD: March 13, 2012
“This year, discover how far adventure will take you.”
“The Adventures of Tintin” is based on the comic books by Belgium creator Hergé. It has been brought to life on the screen by director Steven Spielberg. Tintin (Jamie Bell) is a young reporter with an adorable dog, Snowy. Tintin purchases a ship model, The Unicorn, and is placed in the center of mystery that he attempts to solve. Immediately after purchasing the ship, he is approached by a man wanting to buy it and warning him about the dangers of having it. He then is approached by another man, Sakharine (Daniel Craigs) who tells him to name his price. Tintin refuses to sell. He wants to know more about this Unicorn and visits the library to research.
Tintin finds that The Unicorn had belonged to Sir Francis, hundreds of years ago. When he returns home, the ship is missing, and his home is ransacked. However, the burglar hasn’t found what he was looking for and kidnaps Tintin. Tintin is placed in a crate on a ship, and he encounters Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis). Captain Haddock has ties to The Unicorn and can help Tintin unravel this dangerous mystery if he can only get sober long enough to remember anything. As Tintin and Captain Haddock get closer to solving the mystery of the ship, the danger escalates and the adventure continues in far off lands. Adding to the mystery are two bumbling Interpol detectives Thomson (Nick Frost) and Thompson (Simon Pegg) who even when in the house of a criminal continue to overlook the obvious.
Language-wise, this movie is pretty clean. One character says “swear to God”. D-mned and hell are used. There is plenty of violence. There is slapstick violence, shooting, sword fighting and numerous chase scenes. A man is shot, and before he dies, he uses his blood to spell out a message. There is a pickpocket who is seen stealing wallets throughout the city. Tintin is almost hit by cars. Snowy is running through a cattle bin and bumps into cow udders. There is a plane crash, car chase, pirate fight and a unique “sword fight” with cranes. There is also a huge dog that when it appeared on the screen made me jump and might be scary for some children.
Captain Haddock is a drunk. He is shown drinking numerous times. He talks about drinking almost constantly. Tintin does tell Haddock that there are worse things than sobering up. When Haddock is finally sober, he remembers stories his grandfather told him which lead to solving the mystery.
Tintin doesn’t appear to have any parents. He is shown living alone.
Faced with having his crew killed or giving up the treasure, Sir Francis gives up the treasure. The often misquoted Bible verse, 1 Timothy 6:10 says,
Sakharine continues a feud over gold with roots of evil spanning generations. He is so consumed with finding a treasure that he will steal, kill and destroy anything that gets in his way. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full”. Only through following Jesus can we really have an abundant life.
I highly recommend this movie. It is a wonderful, fast-paced, action-packed movie. My 9 year old son loved it; my 21 year old son loved it, and I loved it. I felt at times it was like watching a young Indiana Jones. There are some scary scenes that might be a concern for younger children. The action is so intense, at times, that you might want to pre-screen this movie, if you feel your child might be afraid or anxious. Overall, this is a great movie to see, and I hope to see more of Tintin and Snowy in the future!
Violence: Moderate / Profanity: Minor / Sex/Nudity: None
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“…‘The Adventures of Tintin’ is a virtual non-stop scramble of running, jumping, swinging, dangling, plunging, and flying.…”
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