“Tintin,” while perhaps not for everyone, is so well-done that the occasional misstep is easily forgotten.
I must admit that I went into “The Adventures of Tintin” with somewhat low expectatations, due less to the input of Steven Spielberg, (director) Peter Jackson (producer) and Steven Moffat (Dr. Who, Sherlock), Edgar Wright (Shawn of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Ant-Man) and Joe Cornish (Attack The Block, Ant-Man) handling writing duties than it being entirely computer-generated.
After all, I recall 2004′s Polar Express, and its creepy-looking CGI.
While “Tintin” shares extensive special effects with “Express,” motion capture has advanced significantly since that time.
Sure, some characters’ movements still seem somewhat light and ungrounded–but most of the voice characterizations are engaging enough that it’s easy enough to overlook such instances.
All the individuals that populate Tintin’s universe are very stylized, and are very much inspired by Herge’s comic. For the most part, this approach is effective though the comic had a density that relatively few scenes in the film sought to emulate.
What worked best for me, I almost hate to admit, was Snowy, Tintin’s intrepid, canine friend/companion/dog-of-all trades. The characterization was spot-on and was done in a fashion that doesn’t an anthropomorphize him, like Scooby-Doo or any of the other four-legged humans that populate cartoons.
“The Adventures of Tintin” is, overall, fun and engaging, though perhaps a bit overlong for younger viewers. Adults and teenage viewers that aren’t put out by CGI will have a good time.