THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN
A Glorious Adventure for the Whole Family
Release Date: December 21, 2011
Starring: The Voices of Jamie Bell, Andy
Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon
Pegg, Nick Frost, Toby Jones,
Genre: Animation/Mystery Adventure
Audience: All ages
Runtime: 107 minutes
Distributor: Paramount Pictures/Viacom
Director: Steven Spielberg
Executive Producer: Ken Kamins, Nick Rodwell,
Producer: Peter Jackson, Kathleen
Writer: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright,
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The story opens with Tintin, a curious young reporter, buying an antique scale model ship of the “Unicorn” at a thrift market. At that moment, a sinister man approaches Tintin, offering him an enormous sum for the ship. Tintin refuses, valuing the ship for its beauty, not its commercial value. When Tintin arrives home, the ship accidentally falls, and the mast breaks. Unknown him (though his loyal dog companion Snowy notices) a small metal cylinder falls out and rolls beneath the furniture. When Tintin leaves, thieves ransack his apartment and steal the ship. When Tintin returns, Snowy leads him to the cylinder. He finds that it contains a tiny scroll with a clue to the whereabouts of a great treasure.
Tintin sets out to discover the secret of the Unicorn. He’s captured by the evil Ivanovich Sakharine for snooping around, but not before a master pickpocket on the loose steals Tintin’s wallet containing the clue. It turns out Sakharine is on the same quest and already possesses another scale model of the Unicorn. In total, there are three models of the Unicorn. Each model contains their own clue, that when combined with light, will reveal the exact whereabouts of the treasure.
Sakharine and his men imprison Tintin aboard a cargo ship, which Sakharine has hijacked from Captain Haddock. Snowy manages to get on board and free Tintin when the sailors aren’t looking. Tintin finds a drunken Haddock just in time to make their daring escape in a lifeboat.
Tintin and Haddock set out on the quest to find the third and final ship model to reveal the treasure left by Haddock’s ancestor. As the duo (with Snowy of course!) race against Sakharine, the plot picks up speed, literally, in an elaborate car chase sequence sure to keep viewers on the edge of their seats. Along the way, there’s plenty of guns, action, and espionage.
Eventually, Tintin learns that Captain Haddock harbors the final secrets to the treasure. Ultimately, good triumphs over evil, and light brings truth.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is an exhilarating, family friendly roller coaster ride. The action is thoroughly exciting. Spielberg introduces the three heroes in a steady, captivating way so that the story’s frenetic action doesn’t get in the way of one’s sympathy for them. The comedy is playful and perfectly pitched. It adds immensely to the fun. Also, the motion capture animation is beautifully detailed.
TINTIN is a throwback to Steven Spielberg’s earlier work. In fact, his classic movie RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK reportedly was compared in France to the Tintin comic books on which this movie is itself based, and that’s the movie this movie most resembles.
Best of all, TINTIN has a strong moral, redemptive worldview. Good conquers evil, an alcoholic sidekick finds sobriety, and the villain goes off to jail instead of being killed. THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN also has positive overt references to the Cross on which Christ suffered and died for our sins. That’s actually one of the clues to where the treasure lies. Also, at the climax of the whole story, there’s an overt reference to “St. John the Evangelist,” the man who wrote the Gospel of John, the Book of Revelation, and three epistles in the New Testament. This content gives the movie a strong Christian allegorical, symbolic, or metaphorical sense where light from the “sun” reveals the final clue to the mystery of the hidden treasure. The light from the desert sun also helps sober up Captain Haddock enough so he can tell Tintin the story about how his ancestor’s treasure got lost in the first place. Of course, in TINTIN, the treasure is gold and jewels, a family treasure, but all this imagery implies that it’s at the foot of the Cross, in the light that Jesus offers to all people, where one’s true treasure lies. That’s the best message you can send to anyone this Christmas season.
That said, MOVIEGUIDE® advises a light caution to young children for the action violence, gun battles, and some scary pirates. There’s also some dialogue about pushing through failure using one’s own efforts rather than using God’s grace. Finally, the movie runs a bit long for the littlest tykes in your family to see in a theater without fidgeting.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” – Matthew 6:21.
THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is an exhilarating, family friendly roller coaster ride. The action is exciting. It’s laced with plenty of fun comedy. Best of all, TINTIN has a strong moral, redemptive worldview. Good conquers evil, light brings truth, and the villain goes off to jail instead of being killed. These themes are combined with a couple overt, positive Christian references, including one to “St. John the Evangelist.”