Watched Jan 02, 2012
Marcin Wichary’s review:
This is a movie of uncanny valleys made. Not just the one you’d expect – people and animals looking half-dead and quarter-robotic – but also plot, characterization, humour… Everything was a bit off. As a result, I never connected with The adventures of Tintin. I felt the movie just took off without me, with forced, unreal momentum not unlike its later crane fight scene. Perhaps knowing Tintin and his adventures (which I didn’t) was a prerequisite, but then I scrutinized the poster afterwards and no, nary a mention of that.
There’s some great visual adventurousness here, especially in the second half – and for Spielberg’s first animated movie, he’s showing admirable restraint and mastery of the cameras, even those of virtual descent. We had some great discussion among friends afterwards about the difficulties of translating books to movies, so at least we got that out of it. But as a whole, the film could’ve been much better – and the only good thing I can say about the ending was that it was at least better than A.I.’s.