When it's over, the film gets an “A” for animation, a “B” for story, and a “C” for character development. There is no doubt that the animation was incredible, and it's definitely the most “true to life” form of animation I've seen so far. Director Steven Spielberg has teamed up with Peter Jackson to bring to screen the popular French graphic novels created by Herge about a young renowned reporter named TinTin who is always on the lookout for the next big story, which in this film, is the mystery and secrets of The Unicorn, a schooner which sank in the 1700's. Spielberg has stayed true to the comics. However, although the story is well paced and there's plenty of extravagant action sequences, the character of TinTin suffered from being one dimensional. He had numerous physical obstacles to face, but no personal dilemmas to overcome. Even his trusted dog, Snowy, had more gumption and charm than his master. Plus, Captain Haddock, TinTin's friend, was given a past in which he had to struggle through in order for him to overcome his personal conflicts by the end of film, which not only made him interesting, but memorable. I think the film would have benefited if the writers had added a few “extras” such as (1) a female character to engage female viewers and arouse conflict among the main characters; (2) a personal struggle which TinTin must overcome in order to fulfill his quest, and (3) the inclusion of flaws or fears that would better define TinTin's personality.
My rating: 3 out of 5
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