3 decades in the making and Spielberg is back on top-form with a top-class British cast and the best 3D Motion Capture ever to grace the screen and a film designed only for IMAX 3D
But Upon now be a proper film critic and being invited to the world premiere of the most highly anticipated and revolutionary motion capture return of not only Tintin but the directional return of Steven Spielberg after a 3-year hiatus after the atrocity that was the 4th installment to the Indiana Jones. Spielberg is back on top-form with a top-class British cast and the best 3D Motion Capture ever to grace the screen and a film designed only for IMAX 3D.
The first installment to the highly anticipated confirmed trilogy helmed by the heavyweight contenders of Jackson presenting and Spielberg directing, for once. Also scribing on the writing side is award winning Stephen Moffat, heavily known for his praise for writing adaptations with modernisation. Alas the fresh from attacking the block the deadly duo and urban media team of Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright are the other two behind the writing credentials.
Our plot beautifully mirages three classic stories of the twenty-four stories that are archived within the Tintin stories. Our story introduces Tintin, the blonde-haired, baby-faced and quite curious and intrigued lead character, voiced by award-winning Jamie Bell. Which is plausibly the best introduction ever for a main lead. Mere words of this review can't suffice how subliminally brilliant the opening is, only the warm tingly feeling of a Tintin fan with a big smirk chiseling across his face. But our young whimsical and witty young journalist is soon blasted into a deadly cat and mouse chase around the globe trotting to discover and solve the secret of the unicorn. Alongside our baby-faced hero is the most colourful character of the franchise, Captain Archibald Haddock and the dastardly villainous and infamous Red Rackham, who are both intertwined within the secret of the unicorn via their ancestral counterparts who are both voiced by Craig and Serkis.
As the motion-capture extravagance is not only headline by its heavyweight director and producer but holding the performances of the film is some of the cream of the British crop from Jamie Bell and Daniel Craig, the godfather of motion-captue, Andy Serkis and the bumbling duo comedy dosage of Nick Frost & Simon Pegg. The entire cast of this spectacle do an outstanding job in their roles worthy of having the audience hailing out for a never-ending encore. The characters are vibrant, colourful, witty and down-right darn hilarious with as usual the godfather of motion-capture stealing the show, if Haddock outrageous mistakes, antics and whiskey-fueled breath don't make you snap, crackle and pop, then i'll pity your sense of humour. He'll sure be the trilogy's most loveable character.
After Spielberg last directing venture didn't go so well and all we have been seeing of the renowned director is his name star-studded on numerous productions as Steven Spielberg Presents Transformers, Super 8, Cowboys & Aliens, Reel Steel, etc and so forth. So it quite wary what to expect especially with all the massive people involved the the 30 years of making this movie. But the passion that has flamboyantly kept this project alive is as clear as can be digitally induced on the screen. Spielberg has created something truly amazing that is mesmerising to the 1980s Spielberg projects that we all adored within our childhood. The Spielberg we knew and loved has once again finally returned to his avid fans with a massive franchise aligned with a knockout team who can be defined as the best of the best. Tintin remains on a smooth pace and the story never tries to be to serious but never over do it.
As our story and our beloved character globe-trott around the world from Paris,to England the seas and Morocco, John Williams score creates magic with its luminous landscapes of endeavour beauty and flows like a wave with the story's narrative.
Now what truly makes Tintin an amazing spectacle of an orgy for any viewer is its state of the art visual effects within motion-capture technology. All of course which is courtesy of one of if not the finest visual effects in the media business who prove they are a Lightstorm ahead James Cameron, but nonetheless, Spielberg passion to use 3D and motion-capture arose from Cameron. But our outstanding revolutionary visual effects come aboard with the name Peter Jackson who alongside WETA digital have created something truly astonishing. The beauty of Tintin is speechless and its visuals make it a timeless class blending old with new, from suspenseful and amazing chase sequences to our beloved baby-face hero gliding down a clothesline with a wheel before flying toward the audience. The team behind Tintin have taken the essence and the beauty of the original works and thrown them with faith at the audience in a celebration with a touch of faith and class. The scenes have a touch of that old film-noir feel that mesmerise the old films of the golden ages like Chaplin, Keaton and etc. WETA have created a revolution in motion-capture technology to create a truly outstanding new directional debut for Spielberg, that is designed for the revolution that is 3D and the format of being a true definition of an IMAX experience.
Overall Tintin is a tremendous earth-shattering achievement and a revolution of motion-capture captured in 3D glory with a heavyweight team to limit and surpass any expectation, held by any fan of those involved within this visionary feature of beauty that is faithful to the lineage of the original source. It remains a triumphant endeavour of a masterpiece for Spielberg's first directional outing using motion-capture animation and the extravagance spectacle use of 3D to make Herge's beloved creation literally come to life for all ages and leaving plenty more open for the next spectacle of an outing for Tintin.
Did you know
Not only have literally everyone involved in Tintin worked with each other before on previous projects and that Simon Pegg was originally meant oto be part of the writing team but ending up acting in the movie...
But Tintin creator Georges Prosper Remi also known as Herge believe that Spielberg was the only director of his time capable of bringing Tintin to the big screen with his visionary mind.