In 10 days Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn will be hitting screens throughout Europe, and the first set of reviews have started to appear online.
Empire – 4 stars:
The pace throughout is rat-a-tat-tat quick, the plot tripping along, and the exposition breathless. You have a job keeping up, but never at the expense of the sheer goodwill. While luxuriating in its pre-existing universe, here is a film imploring you to join in. It would take a hard heart to resist.
Action-packed, gorgeous, and faithfully whimsical: Hergé thought Spielberg the only director capable of filming Tintin. He was onto something.
Entertainment Focus – 4 stars:
The fact that The Adventures of Tintin is so watchable is a major shock to me. As someone completely indifferent to the books and not that excited about this project in general, it completely blindsided me. Full of action, excitement, amazing visuals and hilarious set-pieces, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn is a major success and one that I heartily recommend.
Digital Spy – 4 stars:
This performance capture is far from the glassy-eyed uncanny valley that’s plagued Robert Zemeckis. Through Spielberg’s digital lens there’s charm, warmth and, most importantly, the illusion of life with these characters.
With its dizzying spectacle and fast-paced action, The Adventures of Tintin is top notch entertainment and miles ahead of its performance capture predecessors in its wit and visual sophistication.
The Telegraph – 3 stars:
The film is also hobbled by its reliance on performance capture simply because the graphics are not good enough. Weta Digital might be able to render the thousand or so hairs in Tintin’s quiff with ease, but watch their PCs’ gears crunch when they try to digitise a personality.
This has quite a few of the hallmarks of a decent family movie, but as a fan of both the Tintin adventures and Spielberg’s cinematic swashbuckling since childhood, it left me underwhelmed.
Total Film – 3 stars:
Like the 3D, an adventure that’s serviceable but doesn’t reach out and grab you as often as you’d expect. Frenetic to a fault, it’ll divert the under-10s; older viewers may feel there’s not enough lift in the quiff.
I’ll update with more reviews when they appear.