Iron Soldier Review: The Adventures of TinTin: Secrets of the Unicorn

IronSoldier's very first CBM review follows Steven Spielberg's very first animated feature titled The Adventures of TinTin: Secrets of the Unicorn! Hit the jump to see what IS has to say about the film!

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By IronSoldier - 12/29/2011


Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.



The Adventures of TinTin: Secrets of the Unicorn is based off the series of comic books written by the late Belgian artist, Georges Remi. Steven Spielberg who is the director of this film with his sidekick, Peter Jackson (who we will be seeing his work in next year's The Hobbit) is surprisingly his first animated film out of all the film's he's directed.

The film follows a young journalist named TinTin and his adorable dog, Snowy. Once TinTin purchases a replica of a ship called The Unicorn at a outdoor market in Europe, little does he know that many secrets lie behind this mystery ship. As TinTin searches for more clues, his wild adventure to discover the secrets of the Unicorn are just beginning. Along the way, he meets up with Captain Haddock who SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT turns out to have a big part in the Unicorn's past. But it's not all fun and games - not only is the secret hard to figure out, but another man, Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (who is a descendant of SLIGHT SPOILER ALERT a rival of Haddock's ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock) is also on the search for clues to the great mystery.

The cast, that features recognizable names such as Jamie Bell (TinTin), Andy Serkis (Captain Haddock), Daniel Craig (Sakharine), as well as Simon Pegg and Nick Frost who both lend their voices to the hilarious bumbling detectives that are nearly identical, Thomson and Thompson. The cast has a nice amount of talented voices which have quite a bit of experience for the most part, and they all lend their talents to their respective characters quite well.

The animation is pretty well done while the action is fairly heavy. There are a handful of funny moments sprinkled in along the way with a treat right before the film in the first trailer of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit to get everyone excited for TinTin. And there's a reason to be excited for TinTin: Not only is a mastermind, Steven Spielberg directing his first ever animated film (he has quite a debut I must add!) but also with a cliffhanger at the end that leads to a obvious sequel unless all else fails. TinTin is a movie that may appeal a little more towards Brits with it taking place around that area (and the comic book series was popular in Europe) but Americans will also enjoy it, I know I did. TinTin gets a 4.5/5 for me! Worth a watch for all ages.
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