I had read a few incomplete reviews of the movie much before Dec 21, the date on which Tintin entered the shores of USA. Dec 21 was a delayed entry. But then, the fact that the likes of Tintin & Asterix are relatively unknown here in the US (& yet one of the most popular strips in the rest of the world) pressed for a strong case of a delayed release, I guess. Since we were out of town on Dec 21, I had to wait till we got back to watch the movie.
So Instead of writing a detailed review, let me just interview myself.
Me: So are you a Tintin fan?
Myself: Well. I am definitely a fan of the comic series. No doubt. Who wouldn’t be if you grew up in an environment that was filled with people who knew this series? They were brilliantly made stories. Adventure ones. Adventure ones involving a little boy. And they have characters that make you laugh and feel envious. So yes, the whole Tintin series was always exotic to me for all of the above reasons. Although I didn’t get to read this till I was 17. In some ways, it probably was a good age to start reading this series. In some ways, I regret not starting to read this say when I was 12.
Me: Who is your favorite character?
Myself: Haddock. Sorry. Capt. Haddock.
Me: What did you like in the movie the most?
Myself: Animation. It was beyond anything I had ever experienced.
Me: What about the characters? Did Spielberg do a good job of creating a narration that brought out the main characters well?
Myself: Yes & No. Given that it is a 90 minute movie, for a Tintin comic nut like me, the characterization in the movie was no way close to all those years of imagination one gets to build from the books. Yet, I have to say that Tintin, Snowy and Haddock who get the maximum screen time were all portrayed with the right amount of depth. Wish Prof. Calculus had found a part to play in the story as well..:)
Me: Will the movie work in the USA?
Myself: I was surprised when I walked into the theater yesterday because the hall was full. But can’t say how long this will last. Don’t think the business that this movie generates from the US would be enough for them to justify this franchise, if at all they are thinking of one. Having said that, we already know that the movie has generated enough profits from the rest of the world that it should already be paving way for a franchise (hopefully).
Me: How was the 3-D part?
Myself: I am not really a fan of 3-D movies. Guess it is being overdone these days. For this movie, I would have preferred a 2-D version. But the 3-D didn’t bother me. My 7 yr. old son loved it. Both the movie (even though he hasn’t read the books yet) and the 3-D part.
Me: Final comments…?
Myself: Billions of Blue Blistering Barnacles *⎈⎈⎌⌗⎃⎌⎌**@!!!”