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Tuesday is cheap tickets night at the sticky-floored Bromley fleapit, so I gathered up calgor and we went to see The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn in 3D. (The Empire makes you pay £1 for 3D glasses, then encourages you to recycle them after the screening; I kept mine.)

You knew from the start that the production would be lavish and lovingly done. The opening credits, with silhouettes, thought balloons and the proper Tintin font, are delightful and draw on all Tintin's adventures, suggesting that there will be sequels; I loved the departures board with destinations including 'SYLDAVIA' and 'THE BLACK ISLAND'. Then we're in the Brussels market, where Tintin is having his portrait drawn by a street artist and - surprise! - it's Hergé, sitting in front of a gallery of his creations. Gorgeous.

I wasn't sure about the CGI before I went; either make it a proper cartoon or have actors, I thought. But most of the characters were well-done, nicely balanced between real and comic strip. Thomson and Thompson, I felt, fell on the wrong side of the creepy line, and I wasn't entirely sure about Haddock, but Tintin himself was lovely. I also thought Allan, the treacherous First Mate, was particularly well done. Strangely, it was the minor characters, like Aristide Silk, who looked most as if they'd stepped straight out of the pages of the books.

Certainly the figures on the screen were believable enough for the audience to get attached to them; when one of the Thompsons trips over a cat and falls down the stairs, there was an audible murmur of sympathy...for the cat.

As the trailers and clips suggested, the plot borrowed from The Crab with the Golden Claws as well as The Secret of the Unicorn. Bianca Castafiore isn't in either book, but comes along for the ride (and a vital plot point). No Professor Calculus yet.

Some of the chase scenes were over-long, though it's quite fun to watch Tintin destroy an entire city and reduce a motorcycle to its component parts, and there seemed to be some confusion as to whether Haddock needs to be drunk, sober or just the right level of drunk to remember the vital information he's forgotten.

The audience for our 20:30 showing ranged from teenagers to couples in their 60s, and it really is a family film; three generations could watch together and love every minute, as long as they're Tintin fans. And who isn't?

Comments

I really enjoyed it as well, I really liked seeing the rocket to the moon during opening montage :)
I wonder if they'll do that one as a movie? That would be awesome!
Give me the short and spoiler free. Worth seeing? Worth seeing in 3D?
Yes and not really!
Went to see it and yeah, that was pretty excellent. The action scenes were amazing.

(Was the wallet-maniac in any of the books? I don't remember him.)
He was indeed - an important plot point in The Secret of the Unicorn.
Hm! Yes, maybe I'll try finding a cinematic venue in which to enjoy this.. I remain a bit wary of the mo-cap CG, but it certainly sounds like it largely worked very well after all.

I wonder if they'd try Prisoners of the Sun.. that was always one of my favorites. Such a chilling fate!
My favourite is The Shooting Star but I'd rather not see that done; I think they'd camp it up and spoil it. The Moon two-parter, OTOH...
I really enjoyed it, as did the Beans. More thoughts later, when I'm less tired, but I'll leave you with this - Bianca Castafiore - Matt Lucas in drag, with a silly nose.
And a hitherto unsuspected talent for opera!