Tintin

Tintin was my favourite comic growing up – the school library only stocked it and Asterix, but it was clear that the semi-serious travel-and-adventure stories had the opposition beat. The cartoon series ably brought the comics to life – they were like little movies that kept me enthralled.

This cinematic CGI release had me anxious – my childhood was at stake! It turns out that Tintin is a qualified success, despite the writing of Stephen Moffat (of Doctor Who fame). The story begins with Tintin somewhat well known but unknown to Captain Haddock, Thomson and Thompson and all the rest, presenting the opportunity to introduce everyone afresh.

The titular character is rather annoying – unlike the other more stylised characters, he’s firmly wedged in the Uncanny Valley, and his personality is the self-righteous adamancy of a poorly written protagonist whose stubbornness drags him through the plot. Andy Serkis steals the show (again) as Haddock; Snowy is once again the smartest character.

I had trouble swallowing the tonal inconsistency in this movie: Tintin is permanently serious, a minor character is gunned down in front of him, and Haddock is an unreliable, delusional alcoholic; however there is immense amounts of slapstick and silliness, and villains don’t die.

Nevertheless, Tintin tells the kind of rollicking adventure story that’s uncommon nowadays, and I really enjoyed that aspect of it. I’m hoping for sequels – especially since I won’t have already read them!

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