It would be a mistake to think of Tintin as Belgium’s only major comic character, or even to say Tintin and then the Smurfs are the only big names. True, nobody outside of Belgium knows about many of them, but Belgium really has hundreds of different comic strips, albums. The Belgians don’t just know Tintin…they know comics. It’s a huge part of their culture. But Tintin is the king of all their comic characters, the best of them all. So it was vitally important to the people of Belgium that the Tintin movie be done right. Nearly any adaptation a director does of a story will always upset some fans, but if this was done wrong it would do nothing less than slap Belgium in the face.
Of course we KNEW they had nothing to worry about. But here’s some of the stuff they’ve said about it. Reporters from both the Dutch and French sides of the country were invited to a private screening (what a unique priviledge!) and they loved it. The Dutch newspaper ”De Standaard” called the film a ”bull’s eye”, and the age old French ”Le Soir” newspaper Hergé used to work called the film a ”pure jewel”. Spielberg, Jackson,Weta…if you can impress Belgian reporters, you can impress anybody. Certainly you would have impressed Hergé.
The movie has also recently been rated by the British Board of Film Classification. The film will run for one hour and 47 minutes. The film has been rated PG for ”moderate action violence” and, while it doesn’t mention it on the official site, Haddock drinking alcohol is definitely a reason as well. But for those of you who don’t know much about Tintin, know that the movie will not be encouraging children to drink. It’s just a humorous and very real side of Captain Haddock. In ”The Crab with the Golden Claws” most of Haddock’s humor is in how drunk he gets, and later on it’s more about how ridiculously obsessed he can get with getting a drink at any given moment.
The PG rating will hopefully show people that this movie is for ALL ages. It’s rather sad that many people don’t see a ”Family” movie as anything they should spend their money on because it’s a ”kids” movie. No! This is not a kids movie! Kids will love it because it is intended for ALL ages, and they fall under that category. Children under 7 might find it a bit scary. But I’d say, and Hergé would agree I’m sure if you’re anywhere between 7 and 77 you WILL enjoy this movie. Unless you’re the kind of guy that just doesn’t like a good story with good characters, action and humor at all, in which case you probably aren’t reading this blog.