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Movie Review: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

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From the pens of Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish comes the much-anticipated The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. Based on three of the best selling comic-books by Hergé, directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and with the vocal talents of Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Daniel Craig, there was no way that this film could go wrong! Filming started back in 2008, with anticipation growing with every tiny teaser that was released. After three years of waiting, Tintin has gone straight in as the UK’s number one film and has made it very clear that 3D thrives with animation.

When teenage journalist TIntin (Jamie Bell) buys a model of the legendary ship The Unicorn from a street market, it attracts some unexpected attention from a sinister Ivan Sakharine (Daniel Craig). When Tintin returns home to discover it has been stolen, he follows his instincts to get it back, only to discover that Sakharine it using it to uncover the ship’s mysterious secrets. Following Sakharine around the world with the help of his marvellous dog Snowy and the drunken Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), to reveal the secrets that The Unicorn kept within and stop Sakharine from getting them first.

Using state-of-the-art 3D performance capture animation, the depth of the visuals make it feel like you’re watching live action. It is animated beautifully (even if, from time to time, eye lines don’t match up), still retaining the charm of the comics and with tremendous vocal talents it’s great family-friendly fun. Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock delivers some brilliant one-liners as well as hilarious visual gags – who knew watching animated characters knock someone out with a bottle of booze could be so funny! – he steals the show. Ivan Sakharine, voiced by Daniel Craig – who, it seems, has the perfect voice for a villain – is the perfectly sour baddie with roots very much shared with Captain Hook. The parallel plot of Thompson and Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost) could be a film of its own, reminding us what comedy really is – just a couple of not so intelligent characters messing around!

Overall, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is fab family fun, and with a potential sequel is going to be a brilliant success.

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