The movie will definitely take you back to your childhood days if you keep your eyes and mind open
By Jyotsna Kumar
I believe in order to appreciate the true potential of cinema, the virtue of its magical powers one should look for animation films. It guarantees enough to mesmerize you with its opulent settings, costumes, topsy-turvy turns and Tom and Jerry chase. In short, animation flicks brings out the fantasy aspect of cinema. And this is what exactly The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of Unicorn does to you. It takes you back to your childhood days.
The adventure of Herge’s beloved Belgian reporter Tintin is marvelously set out by the Hollywood’s two blockbuster giants: Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson. However, it’s not an absolute flawless film. It’s different story though that it took almost 30 years for Spielberg to depict Belgian’s favourite icon on celluloid, ever since he acquired the rights to this one.
The adventures of Tintin: The Secret of Unicorn embarks the journey of Tintin’s (Jamie Bell) curiosity to know the secret behind the Unicorn ship- a ship that carried a secret cargo. The film opens in a European flea market where he buys a beautiful specimen of Unicorn ship and was offered huge amount by Sakharine (Daniel Craig) to let go of that specimen. He refuses the offer and gets more intrigued in knowing the ship and the mystery behind it. With the help of his faithful, intelligent assistant Snowy and booze afflicted Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) will Tintin be able to get to the bottom of the matter? Is what this mysterious adventure is all about.
The overall plot of the film looks simple and I assume as a comic book would have been far more appealing to kids and grown ups. Though as a film, this simple plot loses it is track very easy. Forget kids even adults will find it difficult to keep up with Tintin’s thought process and adventure. Tintin fans would be slightly disappointed as the film is more inclined towards Haddock and less towards Tintin, however he’s pretty much there in every frame. Haddock’s entire hallucination trip was beautifully envisaged and managed on screen by the craftsmanship of the genius Spielberg, which, you would be able to appreciate only if you are able to keep up with it.
Now the verdict- The adventures of Tintin: The Secret of Unicorn will definitely take you back to your childhood days. My only suggestion is just keep your eyes and mind open. Also this animation is better without 3D glasses!!!