The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn [2011]

Based on the hugely popular (in Europe) character by Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn kicks things off with an enchanting opening set (as the rest of the film, of course) to the playful score by John Williams (who else?) This animated film is frustratingly uneven: most of the time it’s kind of dull, it doesn’t follow a clear narrative and feels like nothing more than a series of random action scenes one after the other. But, mostly, it features some pretty stunning animation. Every frame is meticulously constructed with depth, detail and fantastic movement. The voice work (or performances, as this is motion capture, after all) is also great. Jamie Bell does commendable work but as always the dog steals the whole show. All in all, Tintin is a solid effort. Though far from perfect, it’s nice to see a master of the craft experimenting with new technologies.

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