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lupercal's Review of The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

rated it: posted: Apr 25, 2015
Reviews: 517 | KF Animation Editor
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Well, I actually quite enjoyed this movie, more than I was expecting. I'm going to keep this uncharacteristically brief, because I think there's a bit of a temptation to overanalyse what is basically just a ripping yarn, which really doesn't do much wrong, if you can accept its a mocap Indiana Jones type thing. Of course the motion capture is exactly why a lot of people will have a problem with it. I admit it s somewhat unsettling at first, but I found I merely teetered on the edge of the uncanny valley rather than plunging headfirst into it as some viewers apparently did. But then I was one of the few reviewers who didn't totally pan 'Polar Express', and this is considerably less weird than that. In fact the biggest problem I had was that Tin Tin, when he first appeared, looked exactly like the guy in the video store who rented it to me.

There are some pacing problems toward the end: the non-stop action climax, which did drag on a bit, but to be honest many highly esteemed movies - 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' springs to mind - had a similarly overlong last act, and 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' just got visually exhausting.

When I grew up you were either into Asterix or Tin Tin, and myself and most of my friends were in the former category, so I don't have - can't have any beefs with it from a 'true to the priginal' POV.

I suppose my expectations were rather low, but I found myself pretty quickly settling into the groove and just enjoying a good, refreshing adventure, shelving any ethical considerations about whether or not it qualified as animation. It didn't strain my brain watching it, and I don't really have anything very deep to say about it.