The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn

In a time of endless movie remakes, shitty sequels, and Marvel/DC superhero flicks, it’s really nice with an action/adventure film featuring a couple of regular Joes with a thirst for adventure and a fucking awesome dog!

The Adventures of Tintin recently premiered in Denmark and getting 50% off on tickets, I decided to take my girlfriend and her family to go watch it, since she and her father – and myself of course – are huge fans of the comic.

The film is based heavily on the comics “Secret of the Unicorn” and its sequel “Red Rackham’s Treasure” while also incorporating (and altering) several key elements from the story “The Crab with the Golden Claws.

Covers for the three Tintin stories that make up the plot


The film was made using performance capture, i.e. they had real actors act out the scene, which was then animated over, giving a more life-like appearance. Having watched the 3D version, I can testify to that it makes very good use of 3D technology, unlike many other so-called ‘3D’ movies that only add a hint of depth.

The character interactions were simply marvelous and the film was both funny and exciting. No prior knowledge of Tintin is required, making this film excellent for fans of Tintin as well as for people who just feel like watching a film (be they young or old). The story is great and well-performed, and at no point did I feel bored with the movie.

Even considering my somewhat high standards for films, I’d say The Adventures of Tintin met those standards and then some, so try as I might, I can’t find any reasons for giving the film any less than 10 out of 10, albeit hardcore fans might feel offence by how The Crab with the Golden Claws was hacked up and altered.

I highly recommend you watch the movie, if you haven’t already, as it was most likely one of the most enjoyable movies I’ve watched this year. Rumours of a sequel – and even possibly a third film – are spreading, so I’m looking forward to news regarding that :D

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