The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

Review: The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

By RexH
31 Dec 11


I saw this while suffering from a screaming headache and still loved it! Who picked the Herge "cameo" in the marketplace? It took me a few seconds to realise who it was. Non-stop action, yes, and maybe it did suffer from not enough down time but still, it's an adventure story not armchair theatre! CGI just keeps getting better. Rango was brilliant and Tintin carries that forward - the storm at sea / pirate ships sequence outdid Pirates of the Caribbean. The only gripe is that the writers and director missed one of Herge's key elements: the slow burning gag - a joke that would start behind the main action in one panel, carry through several others until a final payoff a page or so later. These gags often involved Snowy but also some of the other characters as well and made the stories so much more fun. Still, this was a very credible adaptation of the character and if there is more to come, and they're as good as this, I'm signing on.