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The Adventures of TinTin

The Adventures of TinTin- Steven Spielberg directed, Stephen Moffat wrote, and Peter Jackson produced this award winning 2011 animated feature based on the popular comic book series.

The story starts off with journalist extraordinaire TinTin buying a model ship, but he is immediately warned against it. Someone else is looking for the ship because of what’s inside, and that ends up bringing a lot of trouble down on TinTin and his dog, Snowy. What’s hidden inside the mast ends up dragging TinTin into an old pirate’s feud between Haddock and Red Rackham full of vengeance and intrigue.

Honestly, the movie is kind of dumb. It was the kind of movie that makes you feel like you’re being spoon-fed, but you don’t want to eat anymore.

The graphics are absolutely gorgeous. Can we just talk about how they did the skin and hair? But they don’t make up for silly and overly-convenient plot twists, stupid situations and all those moments when the characters finally realize things that make you want to stand up and yell, “DUH!” Not to mention convenient little subplots throughout the story specifically designed to make things either easier or harder for the hero, not to serve the plot.

Everything eventually dissolves down into an excuse for a very cool but very unlikely pirate ship fight that, although fun to watch, feels like a non sequitur and leaves the same impression when it reoccurs. There is a ridiculous and overly dramatic chase scene over a few scraps of paper in which they literally destroy everything. Those scraps of paper appear to be the plot of this movie, but ultimately only serve to set up for a sequel, leaving this movie feeling unfulfilled and pointless.

The storytelling and transitions feels like they should be cool, but are mostly annoying. In the end, the whole thing with the model ships ends up being way too complex for what the plot actually turns out to be, and since nothing is resolved it feels like you just wasted a couple hours of your life for nothing.

Everything is too obvious. Everything always happens too conveniently, and you constantly feel like you’re being talked down to. I figured out what was going to happen about 10 seconds in, but all the characters ran around being dramatic and acting like idiots. I couldn’t have predicted the scale of the dramatic fight scenes, but who possibly could have? They were ridiculous. Honestly I’d have liked fewer of those and more of a plot.

I’ve never read the comics, but if the point was to imitate them, then that’s fine in terms of characters, but I have to ask why they’d spend the time making such a beautiful animated work and then just churn it out with a crap storyline? Is that just what’s in fashion now? Distracting with spectacular graphics and hoping we’ll ignore how bad the writing is? Basically, the theme I got from this movie was, “We did it because we can.”

For all the praise it got and for how spectacular the names attached to it are, TinTin was enormously disappointing. I honestly can’t believe that Stephen Moffat was the writer. Usually he’s so good at handling plots, but this was silly. I would never watch it again.

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I honestly can’t believe that Stephen Moffat was the writer.

He wasn't exactly THE writer. He was one of three writers.

I was really excited when I thought it was a team-up between three fantastic minds: Stephen Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Then it was revealed to me (and do correct me if I'm wrong on this) that the script was pretty much passed off to each of them one by one.

(Then again, apparently the film is a combination of three different Tintin stories, so perhaps they worked on a story each? In any case, the problem seems to have been combining the three stories into one cohesive plot.)

I don't really see how much time Moffat could have spent on this alongside overseeing Doctor Who and Sherlock.

True, but I still reserve the right to be disappointed that he would attach his name to something with such a weak storyline, regardless of how much input he may or may not have had.
And I don't know any of Cornish's work, but Wright was involved in the writing of several good movies, so neither of them have an excuse for how poorly the writing of TinTin turned out either. Any one of them could have stopped and insisted on making the story better.
I just brought up Moffat because I'm very familiar with his work and have always regarded him highly and it doesn't matter how big a part he had, he let me down with this.

Sounds about right

"[B]eautiful animated work and then just churn it out with a crap storyline" sums up the movie pretty well (if you're interested in prejudice reinforcement, my review says much the same thing).

That said, I do urge you to give the original comics a try. At their best, Herge's Tintin are a wonderful mixture of adventure, comedy and, sometimes, even a little pathos. His characters are broadly-drawn and much larger than life, but still believable in context — or at least, we're more than willing to suspend our disbelief.

But about the movie, it's a damned shame such beautiful artwork went to waste.

Re: Sounds about right

I actually have borrowed one of the comics, and I have it with me right now and will be reading it tonight! :)

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