Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg
Plot: Quiff-haired, fresh-faced reporter Tintin accompanied by trusty, super smart terrier Snowy and grizzled, boozy sea dog Captain Archibald Haddock become embroiled in an adventure packed quest searching for a lost family fortune.
TM Rating: Some people are obsessive about the ginger roving reporter and are bound to treat any film adaptation as blasphemy no matter how good or bad it actually is ““ you just can’t please all of the people all of the time. But expectations are different for those of us for whom ‘Hergés Adventures of Tintin” signified the promise of excitement and adventure that came with waking up on a Saturday morning. What we want is for The Adventures of Tintin to be a rollicking adventure full of frantic fun that captures some of that carefree joie de vivre of innocent youth.
With Steven Spielberg directing and Peter Jackson producing that’s exactly what you get with The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn.
The film looks absolutely gorgeous and brings Tintin and his mates (and enemies) to glorious CG life. Jamie Bell plays the role perfectly as the likeable but slightly bland Tintin whilst Andy Serkis has great fun with Captain Haddock, making him the star of the movie…but only just. Snowy comes a close second and will capture the hearts of all the children in the audience.
The plot, involving aspects of three Tintin stories, races along at a relentless pace as Tintin, Haddock and Snowy’s quest take them to exquisite looking locations that evoke a golden age of travel and adventure.
It might not please everyone, but The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a cinematic joy for children and adults with adventure in their souls.
9/10 ““ This is simply Tintin for carefree adventurers, not for those who’d have him as an arty icon. Sit back and lap it up ““ it’s Saturday morning again.
Screening Times: 4pm daily
Tickets: €6.50 Buy Your Tickets Here