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Although I  pre-ordered the DVD ahead of time, I ordered it from the US and thus waited several weeks for the Blu-ray disc to arrive in the mail. Therefore, this review is something like a month late, at least. While you can still see this blog’s original reviews of the movie here (Chris’ review) and here (my review), I will once again review some elements of the film, especially those that I missed or hit little on after I saw it in theaters. Also, I’ll review the DVD itself and its bonus features.

If you don’t have a clue what the movie is about, click on the first link above, Chris’ review. He does a good job of summing things up for the non-Tintin fanatic. You really don’t have to know a thing about Tintin to enjoy and understand the film at all, even if you miss the nods to the source material. The story line is simple enough that children as well as adults can understand what is going on, yet it is complex enough for adults to enjoy as well. Similarly, the clever lines in the dialogue, the physical humor going on between the actors, and the intense action of a Spielberg film add to the fun of the film for the adult, without becoming too intense or going over kids’ heads. The film was rated ”PG,” but I honestly believe it was one of the best family films to come out last year. There is ”cartoon action violence” for sure, often very cool-looking too, but for the most part the movie’s tone is simply fun and fast paced as opposed to serious and dramatic. The ”PG” rating is also due to the fact that Captain Haddock, Tintin’s friend and partner on his future adventures, has an often very comical drinking problem throughout the movie. This is so much a part of the source material it could not (and should not) be changed. But far from being a movie that promotes heavy drinking, alcohol actually drives a wedge between Tintin and Haddock’s friendship at one point, and it is only by staying sober that Haddock can really face his problems. The main gist of the story is that it’s an action-packed race for a secret treasure between a heroic boy named Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, against a sinister villain. If you are a mom or dad out there looking for a good movie for the family to watch, don’t hesitate to pick this one up.

For those of you who know and love Tintin, you probably have seen the movie already (if you haven’t, shame on you!) and, based on what I’ve seen on this blog and around the internet, have probably either bought the DVD already or are not planning to. I’d just like to point out some things I noticed when I watched the movie again last night. For one thing, the movie has tremendous replay value. I’ve noticed several critics on the internet criticize the film because Tintin feels like a very one-dimensional character, and they were hoping for something more emotional, where you feel more sorry or happy for the character. I will admit that, compared to other animated movies ( I won’t go into whether or not it’s an animated movie…for now, since it won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film, and the makers of the movie consider it as such, let’s just assume that it is), Tintin didn’t produce half of the emotions in me as Pixar did with Wall.E, or Carl from Up. The movie didn’t leave a lot of time for character development (even if they did, in my opinion, develop the characters quite a bit more than some sites are giving the film credit for). But Tintin, both in the movies and the albums (at least those set around the time of ”The Secret of the Unicorn”), wasn’t that kind of character. Hergé isn’t trying to make his audience laugh and cry so much as he’s trying to make them laugh and enjoy the ride. In a time like the 30s, and especially later on during WWII, Tintin provided an excellent escape for people, especially children, a way to go see far away, exotic places as they went on a wild adventure in Tintin’s shoes with fun characters like Captain Haddock or Thomson and Thompson. With the economy how it is today and times being what they are, it would be good for people to take a few hours to be taken away from their troubles on a high definition adventure from Europe to Morocco, bringing along the old gang of characters with them. Because of the focus put on the actual adventures, the film is an experience that I enjoyed just as much the second time around as the first time, if not more, and I hope to soon watch the film a third time. A movie worth buying on DVD, as opposed to one worth renting or…well, you know what people do these days, is a movie that you can watch over and over again and continue to love. Tintin is that kind of movie.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to reduce Hergé’s albums to adventures with characters that exist merely to go on an adventure. Tintin DOES have more depth than that. Among those on the internet whom I have found were most offended by the movie are those who think that Tintin is not a good enough character (having not read the books) and those that do not think Tintin lived up to who Tintin REALLY is in the albums. And I’ll admit their argument does have some truth to it…some, mind you. From the point of view of somebody who has no idea who Tintin is, he may leave the movie not knowing honestly that much more about him than when he started…and he may have expected a bit more than  ”Tintin is a reporter (sorry, a journalist…I love the film, but did that line bother anybody else? I mean, Tintin has always been a reporter…even in French, the word is borrowed from English) who gets caught into a really cool adventure with his really smart dog. He is very resourceful, has the mind of a detective, is extremely motivated to see things through, and always wins somehow in the end.” For the most part, audiences learn almost nothing more than that about Tintin in Tintin 1. Some Tintin fans, I think, wanted to see more of Tintin than that. A few moments even seem inconsistent with his character (such as the part when Haddock actually talks Tintin into not giving up, something that most often occurs the other way around in the comics). Yet even with that scene, Tintin quickly gets back up on his feet and is back to solving mysteries, defeating crime and searching for Red Rackham’s treasure. The movie is not flawless, but it is also far more than a bundle of good intentions. It was a very respectful adaptation that came pretty close. The truth is that the brief description of Tintin I just mentioned far from sums up everything he is…but it is all true. I believe that the film has faithfully shown all of those characteristics he has, especially with the limited time and I hope that as more films progress they can hit more of his qualities that just aren’t or even can’t really be shown in The Secret of the Unicorn. I’ll hit on this more in an upcoming post.

”Tintin” is also worth the money because of the amount of detail in each shot. It took about four hours to render every FRAME in this movie. I don’t care how many times you saw the film in theaters, I guarantee you that you missed all kinds of fascinating things in the movie, some you couldn’t have seen if you tried. For example, in the opening credits there is a stack of newspapers that comes off the press announcing the selling of Marlinspike Hall. If you pause the screen right there, you can actually read, quite clearly, the entire front page of the newspaper, including a humorous article in a side column about a man with impeccable punctuality at his job who is reported missing after not coming to work. When the uncaring wife of the ”victim” is told of the news of his disappearance, she simply replies: ”Good riddance.” After that the police hope that the man will come back on his own after a while, having come to the conclusion that the man must have simply decided it was a good idea to stay away from his wife for a little while… I haven’t taken the time to read them yet, but I’m sure all of the newspapers on Tintin’s wall have long stories worth reading on them as well. If you missed any of the obvious references to the albums (I can’t believe I was so busy looking at Snowy when he chases the villains across the city that I missed the window of ”E. Cutts” …I laughed for quite a while, firstly because of the reference to the albums’ running gag, but secondly because now I finally know what was up with the cows…) or even some of the less obvious nods to the source material, the DVD is the only way to make sure you catch them all for certain.

Anybody who has seen the movie knows how stunning the visuals of the film are. Apparently some people still don’t like the faces (though I disagree with one critic who blames the faces for the reason the DVDs aren’t selling terribly well in the USA). On viewing the film a second time, I’ll admit there were a FEW places in which the faces didn’t seem quite natural…especially when Tintin grins. But for the rest of the movie I was beyond comfortable with their faces and eyes, loving every detail on their face, every hair in Tintin’s quiff, every grain of sand on his neck and every drop of sweat on their skin. I understand many of you don’t have Blu-ray players (I didn’t get one myself until a few months ago) but, if ever there were a film to see in Blu-ray, it’s this one.

If for no other reason, sadly, because the bonus features are only available on the Blu-ray disc. I watched all ninety minutes of them, and honestly, I could have kept on going for another ninety. For somebody like myself who has been following the movie for the past 5 years through this blog, it’s fascinating to watch the things I’d only read were going on in Hollywood and New Zealand around the same time. The features open with ”Toasting Tintin: Part 1,” a video of Spielberg starting out work on the film reading a toast written by Fanny, the widow of Hergé, who gives her blessing and praise to what they were doing. The features end with a video of Spielberg toasting the film after it is finally finished, watched by the people down at Weta (I think) , projected on a cinema screen on a kind of Skype program, and sharing the screen with Peter Jackson and Andy Serkis. In between the two they show all the crazy things they did in the making of the movie, from animating Snowy’s hair to creating umbrella props that are only an umbrella’s frame, so that the open umbrella doesn’t cover up any points the motion capture cameras need to see. You can see some models built to show what Morocco or Tintin’s apartment would look like before they were digitally created. And you even get some brief interviews from minor actors in the film such as Toby Jones or Gad Elmaleh, along with some videos of Michael Farr, the Hergé biographer. Perhaps my favorite part was seeing footage of the real actors in ”The Volume” pretending to ride a motorcycle that isn’t moving or swim in water that isn’t there! It is certainly worth it to get the Blu-ray copy to see how the movie was made, even if you already know from following the movie for years. You will be surprised just how much you didn’t know.

This may be a minor thing for some Americans, but I’m also enjoying the DVD because I can listen to the other language tracks. In my opinion, the film is dubbed extremely well in French (and rightfully so!), and I enjoy using my limited knowledge of the language watching Tintin. A friend of mine will soon get together to watch it in Spanish. Movies are often poorly dubbed in Europe to a degree that I almost can’t stand to watch an American movie in any other language but English, but Tintin is different.

I can’t speak for the 3D disc. I own it, but don’t have a 3D player or TV to go with it. I don’t have plans to get one in my immediate future either, so until one magically falls into my lap, that disc will be resting on my shelf. The dvds also came with a code for a digital ”Ultraviolet”copy, but I don’t think that works here in Europe…I’m not sure, I haven’t tried it yet.

I have recently read a good number of negative reviews for Tintin on DVD, and while it’s interesting to read what they have to say (sometimes), I strongly disagree with most of their reviews. At first some of their arguments seem to make sense, especially if you take the movie for something it isn’t…and it kind of takes some of the fun out of the movie to hear them go on and on. But when I actually stuck the DVD into my player and Tintin started to come up on screen, I completely forgot everything they had to say. Because I loved the film, from frame one to end credits. Not just because I really want to love the film, but because it is a really, really good movie with a good balance of moments when I’m laughing and moments were I can’t believe what I’m seeing. It’s not perfect, and my next post, now that I have the DVD to refer to, will be some suggestions and positive criticism on how I think Tintin 2 could be even better. But as far as Tintin 1 goes…I waited almost six years for it, and there is something overwhelmingly wonderful about going from having to stare at 5 HD images from a film years away to owning every image in the film, that I can bring up on my screen as many times as I want. Of going from watching the trailer 10.000 times to being able to watch the whole film again and again and again. I have never been so happy to own a particular DVD in my life. I’m sorry for those who don’t get the same experience out of the film as I do…and I honestly hope that you can see the movie as the joy that it is.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One detail I forgot to mention from that article I covered in my last post is that Spielberg mentioned that, with a bit of luck, Tintin 2 might be done by 2014.

A lot of us don’t think that’s very likely…they haven’t even started shooting yet, and the first film took about five years to make. However, they were starting from scratch then…Certainly there are millions of things to be done for Tintin 2, but at least as far as designing characters like Tintin, Snowy and Haddock goes, they don’t have quite as much work to do. I have no idea how much time that could really save them though…but every minute counts.

If it does come out in 2014 it would face some competition. While much of the info online is often just one step up from a rumor, in the ”family film” category it looks like Tintin 2 will go up against ”Mr Peabody and Sherman” and “How to train you dragon 2,”  as well as of course whatever Pixar comes out with. Part will depend on when Tintin 2 comes out. Other big movies coming out are a sequel to this year’s ”The Amazing Spiderman” and, also a Weta project, ”Avatar 2.” That last one is scheduled for December, so if Tintin 2 plans to come out in the winter it might have a bit of a  hard time winning audiences, if Avatar 2 makes even half the money as the original.

Of course this is far from definite. Honestly, as much as I want to see Jackson and Spielberg rewarded for their hard work, I could care less about how the movie is received compared to how much I care about the effort they put into making the film. Let them focus on making it as good as they possibly can…even if it takes forever. I’m looking forward to seeing a movie that is even better than the first.

By the way, John Williams didn’t get his Academy Award this year for Tintin or War Horse. But he has won other awards recently, and even if he hadn’t I would still congratulate him for a wonderful job. The only music I had before the Tintin movie came out to associate with Tintin was the music from the television show, which got really annoying after a while. I’m looking forward to seeing the section on the Blu-ray disc covering John William’s score.

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For those of you who may have found this through google or some other way and are not a regular follower of this site, I can assure you that while you will find many, many reviews of ”The Adventures of Tintin” on the internet, you will find very few written by somebody who has been an avid Tintin fan for years to the extent that he has been following every last piece of information available about the progress of this movie since it was first announced almost five years ago that Spielberg was going to pick up his old project and finally make a Tintin movie. Here you will find two such reviews. One is Chris’ review, the guy who started this blog and wrote everything until his schedule got busy and allowed me to write posts. Shortly after the movie premiered over in Europe he wrote a great review for both the Tintin fan and the man who’s never heard of him until now alike. I recommend you check it out here

The other such review of course is mine. I’m probably the biggest American Tintin fan you’ll ever meet. For those of you clueless people out there, Tintin is a very well known comic the Belgian George Remi (pen name Herge) drew from the late 1920s to the 70s. Tintin is a reporter that always finds himself on incredible adventures with his faithful white fox terrier, Snowy. He’s never been popular in the USA, but just about every other country in the world has heard of him. If you think that’s an exaggeration, check out how well Tintin did in the box offices over seas. I’ve been looking forward to seeing this movie much more than I’ve ever looked forward to see any other movie in my life. Did it live up to my expectations? In a world where movie tickets are expensive, is it worth your cash? What if you’re not a Tintin fan? Will you enjoy it?

I hate spoilers as much as you do so need not worry about reading any here. First of all, if you are new to Tintin you will not be lost. The movie does a terrific job of introducing the movie’s main characters. If you are a fan, you will recognise all of them as the characters you know, not as some horribly distorted version of them Hollywood threw together. Everybody making this movie went to great lengths to make sure that the original stories and artwork were respected as much as possible. The movie actually combines two Tintin albums, ”The crab with the golden claws” and ”The Secret of the Unicorn (there’s also a little bit of ”Red Rackhams treasure” in there, but not much), but you’d never know they weren’t one fluent storyline if you’ve never read the books because they are so magnificently blended together. As a matter of fact, while there are certain things that surely only a Tintin fan will appreciate when they watch the film, there are some things only somebody who is not at all familiar with the storyline will experience fully. I had very few problems while I was watching the movie, but one of them was really my own fault: I know the story of ”The Secret of the Unicorn” like the back of my hand. As a result I already knew almost everything that Tintin discovers little by little throughout the film. At some points I thought that the mystery side of the movie had been a bit overdramatized and that Tintin was taking just a little too long to put all the pieces together (quite literally), but again, the answer to the mystery is obvious once you already know the secret. But even when I knew what was coming, I still thoroughly enjoyed the film. There are lots of hilarious lines in the film, many straight from the books but most just clever new lines the excellent writers came up with. Don’t let yourself be fooled into thinking that actors only did the voices in this film: every movement from their bodies and faces has captured by computer, and the animators then did an excellent job of putting ”digital makeup” on. Jamie Bell did a very good job as Tintin. Some people have complained in other reviews that the movie is so action packed there is little time for Tintin’s character to be really developed. But the truth is that we know very little about Tintin, and Jamie Bell did a great job at not answering those questions for us. We don’t know who his boss is or who his parents are. We don’t really care. What we do know is that once he sets his mind to do something, he heroicly keeps going against all odds no matter where in the world danger takes him. And the movie does a wonderful job at taking us on the adventure with him.Pretty much every frame of the movie is a piece of art…You could get a sense of what I’m talking about by checking out some of the movie stills or watching the trailers, but you really won’t understand just how great it looks until you see it in the movies. Especially the city of Brussels and the port in Morocco are bright,colorful and incredibly detailed. As far as the people go, they look wonderful to me. They still look like the cartoon characters from the comics, but when you see each individual hair on their heads and the sand and the sweat on their faces as they trod through the desert, you have to remind yourself it isn’t real and congrutalute Weta for their great job. The movie is in a number of formats, but I recommend you go see it in IMAX 3D like I did (if you can find one that doesn’t have all of it’s showtimes filled up with ”Mission Impossible 4”). Chris didn’t particularly like the 3D, but I’ve always been a big fan of IMAX 3D and really enjoyed certain sections when it looked like the dust Tintin’s flashlight was hitting or the woodchips that were exploding or even Captain Haddock’s nose were really in front of my face. Aside from a few moments when the camera pans so quickly a few things seem out of focus, this is a movie that the 3D really works well in, especially on the enormous screen. However I’d say that if you see it in 2D you shouldn’t feel like you’re missing too much because the 3D is more of a fun added bonus to the movie experience.

This is a movie you can take your kids to (they’ll LOVE Snowy), but it’s not just a movie for kids. I fear that many people will go to action packed Mission Impossible 4 and miss one of the best movies that came out this year. What really made the movie for me was Andy Serkis’ brilliant performance as Captain Haddock. Haddock is absolutely hilarious. When you’re not laughing at what he’s doing, you’re laughing at his lines, and when you’re not laughing at his lines you’re probably laughing at his face. He has a Scottish accent in the film (most of us didn’t see him that way in the books) but I fell in love with this version of Haddock immediately as Serkis brought it to life before my eyes. There were times when shots Haddock and a flashback of Sir Francis alternate with a fluency that could only really be acchieved using motion capture.The Thompsons also have a great part in the film, and the only thing I regret about their parts is that I wish they had appeared more in the movie! ”Tintin 2”, which has been officially confirmed, is said to give them a larger role. Daniel Craig did an awesome job as the villain Sakharine, and it’s funny to recognise James Bond playing a villain’s part. He is not the most evil of villains, but he certainly beats (in my mind anyway) the ”Bird Brothers” that were the somewhat pathetic villains in the original stories. I disliked to some degree how Allan, who was a main villain in ”The crab with the golden claws” became more of a wimpy sidekick to Sakharine, but it did work well in the story.

For Tintin Fans (the only spoilers here will be spoilers to non-Tintin fans)

If you are a Tintin fan worried that they’ve taken the stories and thrown in too many pointless action scenes, don’t worry about it. There were really very few sections that I didn’t instantly recognise from one of the books,even when the trailers sometimes make it seem like there are more, and they were anything but annoying. Actually I was very pleased that finally Tintin was doing something new because much of the fun for me in watching the movie was seeing what fun new things the writers could come up with for Tintin to do without insulting the fans. As I said before, the storyline was very familiar to me, and it was good to see some changes to it to make the movie more exciting. The scene in Bagghar with a brilliant cameo appearance of Castafiore and the chaos that follows is actually one of my favorite parts. If Herge could see it today, I think he’d laugh. And the other new scene at the end,a final clash between Haddock and the villain,is a great way to finish their side of the story. Never once do the new scenes seem to make the characters do something against their personality, and if they slow down the story at all it’s only so you can take a moment to enjoy yourself and laugh at what’s going on.
Tintin DOES use a gun (just like he does in the books) but as far as I could tell he never once killed anybody and hardly if ever wounds somebody. He shoots at motors or ropes to get what he wants or protect himself.
Any Tintin fan would be a fool not to go see this in theaters while they still can! Herge’s artwork is apparent from the first 3 seconds of the movie, and both the style and music of the intro feels like you’re watching the beginning of ”Catch me if you can” with about 14 million tributes to the different Tintin albums thrown in. It’s fun to watch moments throughout the movie that have elements thrown in from different books. There are more easter eggs in this movie that any I’ve ever seen, and if you have a good Tintin fan that can go with you to watch the movie you’ll enjoy yourself that much more, because you’ll both be the only people in the theater that know why you’re laughing at what’s on the screen. I won’t say what it is, but there’s a magnificent tribute to ”Explorers on the moon” that I really enjoyed. I can’t wait to own this movie on blu-ray and watch it with all the pizza and popcorn I couldn’t afford when I watched it in IMAX, this time with the remote control to pause the image and read newspaper clippings, compare character’s faces with the albums or look for more references.

Conclusion

You really have to see this movie. Europe loved it for good reasons. If you don’t know who Tintin is, you don’t know what you’re missing. If you DO know who Tintin is, you would make a grave error to not watch this because you are worried about ”what they’ve done to Tintin”. Don’t worry about it, trust me. No matter who you are, this is a must see. It’s the biggest installment in Tintin’s history since Alpha-Art was published.
If I could make a suggestion for the next film it would only be that the next story not revolve as much around a mystery and more around whether or not Tintin will be able to complete his clearly defined objective at all (i.e save Calculus from the Bordurians…hint hint…) I love that heroic side of Tintin that will do anything to save a friend, and I hope to see that developed more in the next film.

Go out America, and enjoy the film. Spielberg, Jackson, Weta, and the whole massive team in the credits, I applaud your hard work. The wait was worth it.

Stephen

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For those of you newbies to Tintin, he is such an icon that the Vatican’s official newspaper actually just recently wrote an article on him. Specifically, on the debate that’s been going on in court on whether or not to ban ”Tintin in the Congo” for racism. Now, one might think that just because of the Vatican’s very nature the article would certainly be defending those poor congolese people of the past that were portrayed far from accurately. But the author actually took the time to look at the facts of the article and has chosen to vigorously defend Tintin as his movie comes out around the world, stating that Tintin has been a good example of Catholic values throughout the ages. The article must be remembered and pulled out in the future to hopefully silence all of those foolish people that talk of Tintin being racist, gay, nazi,…you fill in the blank. The article is especially upset that Tintin in the congo has, in the UK, been ”wrapped up like a pornographic magazine and consigned to the adults-only section” of British book shops.

Like an excellent lawyer in Belgium at the moment arguing that the book is simply showing stereotypes from the time of Hergé, ”L’Observatore Romano” also holds to the obvious fact that ”Tintin in the Congo” is simply a reflection of its time, the fruit of a man who had never seen what Belgium was really doing there and only had false stereotypes to go on. We know how much effort Hergé put into researching his future albums, so it would be unfair to characterize hardly any of his other albums based on this one album. Furthermore, the African people, while certainly shown as unintelligent and naive people, are not even portrayed as villains in the story, but rather the gangsters Tintin deals with there. Tintin has nothing against these people and neither did Hergé. There is really nothing in the book that would lead anybody except the most sensitive of Congolese person to truly be offended by the book, and then that guy would probably just see how his people were drawn on the front and find some other comic to read (or take Moulinsart to court…). As the Vatican put it, ”The comic book was published in the 1930s, and for that reason expresses the values of the era – but can it really perturb young Britons of today, raised as they are on the Internet, video games and fish and chips?”

The Vatican praises Tintin’s character, calling him ”an angel” helping widows and orphans…Tintin is said to be driven by ”a sacred moral imperative – to save the innocent and conquer evil….Tintin is a Western knight of modern times, an unstained heart in an invulnerable body.” It’s great to see people still defending Tintin in the press. ”Le Soir” was a Catholic newspaper when Tintin was around, yet another reason that the Vatican would be pleased with kids reading Tintin. I myself am not catholic, but I certainly support kids reading about Tintin’s heroic virtues rather than all of the junk out there for them to read.

Interestingly enough, while the Vatican sings Tintin’s praises, one zealous worker in Lebanon tried to cover up Spielberg’s name from a Tintin poster. Circuit Empire, in charge of cinemas in Lebanon, commented that ”He knew that Spielberg was blacklisted and he took it upon himself to black out his name,” pointing out that this was not some movement of several men but just one worker. The name was quickly uncovered and the posters are still seen today. Of course this was nothing against Tintin, but it’s funny to watch how different countries react to big American films like this and how it affects Tintin’s release. I found it interesting they also commented that technically according to the strict laws in Lebanon Tintin should be banned, but due to the popular black market selling films the law would be impossible to implement and people are allowed to see it on the big screens.  There’s a unique piece of Tintin trivia you can remember and tell other Tintin friends in the future…

Sources: http://uk.ibtimes.com/articles/246045/20111109/vatican-banning-tintin-book-politically-correct-lunacy.htm

               http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&objectid=10765314

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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.

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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.

Sources: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5iSwDFU9q82HPCb8p8Jzex1zRhKtA?docId=6ca242b06db2457db9ee3b201dfd3b8a

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