Escape to the Movies: The Adventures of Tintin

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I saw Adventures of Tin Tin a few weeks back. It was pretty awesome, actually. It was primarily an action-flick, which somewhat minimized Tin Tin's detective work, sometimes more diplomatic approach etc. that is more heavily emphasized in the actual comics. On the other hand, there was some truly hilarious slapstick and, as Bob said, no shying away from the more violent aspects of the comics as well.

Some people hated that the movie basically mushed several comics into one, but to be honest, I haven't read all that many Tin Tin comics, so maybe that's why I didn't mind. I simply don't know them all, so the mushing that has been going on was somewhat invisible to me, when a die-hard fan would probably get pretty pissed by it. There were one or two scenes, including one particular fight scence close to the end, that I didn't like, but all in all I enjoyed the movie a lot.

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I have fond memories of the Tin Tin cartoon that showed on HBO back in the 80's. It had an epic opening sequence.

RanD00M:
The Adventures of Tin Tin isn't even out yet in the US? It's been out here in Iceland for something like a month and a half, if not longer.

staying out of trouble kinsman?

So very, very excited for Tintin. Grew up on him and the Aterix comics. Because I never read normal superhero comics when I was a kid (saved that for now), just relatively obscure foreign ones.

SuperRobot64:

RanD00M:
The Adventures of Tin Tin isn't even out yet in the US? It's been out here in Iceland for something like a month and a half, if not longer.

staying out of trouble kinsman?

You could say that. Unless you count people being mad at you on bleikt.is trouble, because if it is then I'm in a bathtub full of shit.

Marmooset:
How on Middle-earth is The Hobbit aimed overwhelmingly at audiences outside of the United States?

(And please, somebody say because of the author. I dare ya.)

http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/series/LordOfTheRings.php

That sums the reason quite nicely, I'd say.

The second I saw those Cobra banners unfurl on the White House, my jaw hit the damn ground.

And as for Tintin, I really want to see it succeed.

shadowmagus:
Alright, while I was interested in the Tin Tin review, you can't just step out and say "This really sucked" for Sherlock Holmes and leave it at that. Even if it was half as good as the first one, it will still be decent. Hope you pick it up next week, otherwise, bad form.

this^

plus the fact that Tin Tin isn't out in the US yet, i would have liked a Sherlock Holmes review and then a tin tin review closer to it's US resales date

Damn it, Bob, I don't care if Sherlock Holmes sucks. There is nothing in this world that can make me watch either Hugo or Tintin, especially not in theater and even more specifically if they involve Scorsese and Spielberg respectively. I literally cannot think of more overrated sellouts than those exact men.

So I'm going to go watch Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law be handsome and phone it in, because at least somebody might get laid there and those guys phoning it in still has twenty times as much heart as Scorsese or Spielberg 'trying'. Also childrens' movies suck.

Well, I'm part of the European demographic that grew up with Tintin (Yes, it's one word).

It's arguably the most popular local comic book in Europe, along with "Asterix" from France and "Mort & Phil" from Spain. But yeah, it never has quite had a big impact in American pop culture and thus, a limited impact in global culture.

Which is a shame, really. Some people accuse Tintin of being a sappy character (Haddock seems to have more admirers, sometimes), but his adventures are very well written and really exciting.

In any case, the film itself is pretty good... but I disagree on Bob's statement that "it keeps the original source spirit".

You see, this film feels more like a Spielberg movie than a Tintin movie.

Bob mentions how many chases there are throughout the film, but the truth is that chases are a very, very small part of Tintin's action sequences. As in they very rarely happen in the comic books, and when they do, they are very short.

Also Spielberg seems to fall again in the over-the-top sequences of his last action movies. And those definetely doesn't feel Tintin at all!

I mean, in this movie there is a fencing duel... with construction cranes!!

How in the world does that fit in Tintin's adventure style?! Also it's the kind of "American" sequences that Europeans mock more often than not.

But as I said, apart from those over the top sequences, the movie is pretty great. Tintin and Haddock's personalities are spot on, and eventhough there is a big chunck from the comic books missing (Proffesor Calculus is missing, eventhough he got his very first appearance in one of the books the movie is based on), the resulting cuts are pretty well chosen and have a pretty good rithm.

I'm curious to see what Jackson will do with the Seven Cristal Balls arc, and hope they will make a third movie. Hopefully with the Moon landing arc, which was pretty great.

And seriously, if you liked the movies and would like to know a world of old fashioned adventures, go a get the comic books. They are worth every penny. :)

I love the Tintin comics. Most of the collections are sitting on my bookshelf right now. Personally my favorites are The Calculus Affair and The Red Sea Sharks but I can see why they went with the whole unicorn arc for the movie.

Glad to hear that Tintin is good. Perhaps the movie gods heard my prayers when I said please let there be adventure films again instead of action movies being just explosions and sexploitation.

GI Joe, yea I'm excited even if the first film was bad. Elements to GI Joe that I remember as a kid so it feels like a Hollywood film that welcomes the old fans instead of throwing out everything you liked about a cartoon or comic book in the first place. Hell just putting a proper battle mask on Cobra Commander is enough to make me willing to give the film a chance.

Good to see that you liked it, I will definitely be watching this film. I even have the complete DVD collection of the Tintin animations.

Wait, what didn't you like about Sherlock? I know he mentions it in the column, but it has spoilers. Could someone fill me in?

Found the movie rather boring...actually. Sorry to say it, love the comics (Grew up with them) but the excessive amount of set-pieces was fairly tedious for me.

Wow That was out ages ago...oh well agree with you all the wait aswome movie and CG looked good although I did have a want for the entire thing to be like the opening credits.

GeorgW:
Wait, what didn't you like about Sherlock? I know he mentions it in the column, but it has spoilers. Could someone fill me in?

Basically Guy Ritchie gives Robert and Jude NOTHING to work with so the best part of the previous films (the chemistry between the two) is GONE. Noomi Rapace is also given jack friggin' crap to do. They also decide to repeat that "Holmes Time" slow-mo sequence again. And again. And AGAIN. And finally, the action is also just plain boring.

Normally I agree with a lot of what you say Bob but your GI Joe review should have sounded just like your Transformers 2 review. But it didn't. The first Joe film was just awful from beginning to end. Not an ounce of decent acting, bad fight scenes, and bad effects. Now you are excited for ANOTHER ONE. I don't get it.

Kalezian:

Marmooset:
How on Middle-earth is The Hobbit aimed overwhelmingly at audiences outside of the United States?

(And please, somebody say because of the author. I dare ya.)

Because the author made the books to be relateable to places other than the U.S.

Like Sherlock Homes? The War of the Worlds? Or even Troy, fer chrissakes?

Falseprophet:

Maybe because there isn't a single high-profile American among the cast, director, writers, or other major crew (cinematographer, composer, etc.)? Not that I can spot, anyway. (And no, you can't claim Evangeline Lilly, she's still one of us Canucks.) That's my theory for Bob's reasoning, anyway.

That may be, but if that's the case, Harry Potter's been doing it for well nigh a decade now. The series hasn't even had an American director since 2002, and they haven't exactly boycotted it in the U.S. Well, apart from it's devotion to Satan worship...

Frostbite3789:

http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/series/LordOfTheRings.php

That sums the reason quite nicely, I'd say.

Not at all. It shows that the U.S. Market for the rings trilogy is 35.8%. If that were energy consumption (surprisingly, we're lower) it would continue the study of what pigs we are (not that i question that one).
But wait! Let's look at some American Blockbuster trash(yes, I'm kidding, except for #3):
Titanic:
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=titanic.htm
Avatar:
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=main&id=avatar.htm
Transformers 3:
http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=transformers3.htm
All lower domestic U.S. averages than Lord of the Rings. In fact, if you look at the mojo all time list, only Movie Bob's comic book films and animated pieces seem to buck the average. But maybe that's all he's looking at.
http://boxofficemojo.com/alltime/world/
Producers have been marketing the world for some time now, and haven't had an aim of including or excluding the U.S. - money is money, and there are countless banks willing to convert it to something convenient. And they will continue to mine any likely established property (regardless of locale) that hasn't been snapped up.

I can see what he's getting at, but he's either using a bad example, trying to make something out of nothing, or has suddenly noticed a trend that's been going on for 20 years!

Mission Impossible 4: Kinda sucked?

Not surprised. No movie has ever been "great" for the 4th installment, and rarely passes for "good."

Sherlock Holmes 2: Really sucked?

Damn.

Tintin: Actually good?

Imma have to see it then.

Also, I enjoyed the first G.I. Joe movie, so the 2nd one looks pretty good too.

Two things:
1. Wait, Tintin isn't out in the US yet? It's been out for over a month in Sweden! What is this madness, we're usually the ones who have to wait a shitload of time for no apparent reason other than "Durr, we can't plan ahead for a worldwide release at the same time because we're not very intelligent".

2. The new Sherlock Holmes movie is bad?! BUT... What!? I... that... Moviebob! Explain!

Well said, Bob.

I, for one, am a big fan of Tintin. I read all the comic books when I was a kid so I was extremely looking forward to seeing this movie. I've been looking forward to it all year, actually. Already saw it twice, thinking about going a third time with a friend who hasn't seen it yet.

Tintin is one of the few remaining reasons why I should be proud to be Belgian. Belgium is seriously fucked up and if it weren't for Tintin, Belgian beer, fries and chocolate, I couldn't have cared less if this country broke apart.

Billions of blistering blue barnacles in a thundering typhoon!!

I love Tintin, and I've been waiting for this movie for yonks. You Americans don't know what you're missing :)

EDIT: That's funny. Mission Impossible 4 got 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. Perhaps you could elaborate on why it "kinda sucked" MovieBob?

G.I. Joe= A-team rip off. Plus, it has the Rock who just...shouldn't do movies if he is going to talk in them. The trailer is well made though but so was the trailer for Spider man 3.

I wouldn't call this point in film history as a "Revolution". It's more of a "Renaissance" because the first classy motion pictures were international, according to my Survey of Motion Pictures class. Silent films, especially with their comedians, were made popular by international audiences.

Oh, and it's not a surprise how bad Sherlock Holmes is. All I see from the trailer is the filmmakers screaming "WE MADE AN ACTION FLICK IN 19TH (19th, right? That's what I guess.) CENTURY BRITAIN! WOOOOOO!"

Excited about the GI Joe movie? Seriously? I had hoped that the glee Bob felt about that first horrible, boring, artistically void, pointless mess of a film was a temporary lapse of judgement, but no, apparently not. GI Joe was so bad that Transformers beat it in both action and personality and that says a lot.

Titin seems nice, but I feel that animation cannot truly capture the Ligne-Claire Style that makes Titin what it is. Perhaps cell-shading should have provided an interesting adaptation of this comic style, but that is pure speculation. ;)

Aiddon:

GeorgW:
Wait, what didn't you like about Sherlock? I know he mentions it in the column, but it has spoilers. Could someone fill me in?

Basically Guy Ritchie gives Robert and Jude NOTHING to work with so the best part of the previous films (the chemistry between the two) is GONE. Noomi Rapace is also given jack friggin' crap to do. They also decide to repeat that "Holmes Time" slow-mo sequence again. And again. And AGAIN. And finally, the action is also just plain boring.

Wow. What a waste.
Thanks for the info!

I just got back from watching Sherlock Holmes, and I didn't really think it sucked.

I will admit it wasn't as good as the first one, by far... but I enjoyed it.

What do you mean America doesn't appreciate Tintin, I've been waiting for this movie for so long! I loved the Tintin comics as a kid, I used to check out stacks of them from the library.

SupahGamuh:
Also, didn't Tintin's dog was named "Milu" or something like that, instead of "Snowy"?

No, it's always been Snowy.
Hehe, now I can't stop thinking about when Snowy got in Haddocks stash of booze...

Eruanno:
Two things:
1. Wait, Tintin isn't out in the US yet? It's been out for over a month in Sweden! What is this madness, we're usually the ones who have to wait a shitload of time for no apparent reason other than "Durr, we can't plan ahead for a worldwide release at the same time because we're not very intelligent".

Not like it unusual for them when a movie doesn't target them. For the Millennium movie trilogy they were airing the first movie while most of the rest of the world was up to the third one.

.. I liked GI Joe the first movie. Maybe it doesn't live up to the standards everyone else would like it to be, but when I saw it the action/scenery was pretty legit. Sometimes a good movie is in the eyes of the beholder (.. yea.)

Anyhow might see this. I never grew up with this comic so it's all new to me. I must say I like the animation plus people can debate ALL they want about the 'actors being involved, which doesn't make it completely animation' but here's my argument- was there anything from the real world in the movie? Was there an actual actor playing? Just all computer graphics? That's animation, it just got a lot easier to use because the animators acted out to make the characters more 'alive' in the animation rather then doing much more work for less efficient performance. That's all I got to say.

maxben:

swimon:

Also apparently Milou is called snowy in english... That's just weird. I mean sure it's always kinda weird to translate names on the other hand tho maybe Milou is hard to pronounce to native english speakers? Being swedish I wouldn't know but Milou is like the most iconic dog ever, it's like finding out that Lassie is called brownie somewhere just, weird.

Yeah, the French "Milou" is difficult, both the M-short(i)-l (we use double-l to round out the sound, unless its French origin such as Philip) and the French "ou" are rare and painful for North American English speakers.
But we would just translate it as Milo (pronounced My-loe), so I have no idea why they called the dog snowy.
Maybe it appealed better to kids or something.

It has always been Snowy in the English Translations.

I'm a little disappointed there is no Professor Calculus (Tournesol) but I will hold out for the second film, I just hope they show him doing his rusty savate...Hopp!. The casting of Pegg and Frost as Thompson and Thomson is inspired (I can never remember if the p goes first or not).

Two questions.
One, the f**k was wrong with Sherlock Holmes 2? The first one was great and I don't expect they changed much. Is it because the series has a very similar feel to Pirates of the Caribbean, another franchise you inexplicably despise?
And two, how exactly am I supposed to take your "professional opinion" seriously if you're hyped for a G.I. Joe sequel?

That last scene of G.I. Joe. Holyshnit. Gave me chills.

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