i watched this last night. i’d wanted to see it on the big screen when it first came out but fear of seeing a major part of my childhood destroyed kept me away. i’d read that the film mashes up the plots of a few books and rewrites characters etc. and all of this seemed like more desecration than i could take. and, of course, i feared the spielbergization of the whole thing: tintin as a young man trying to gain the love of his father (captain haddock probably) and so on.
anyway, i was wrong to worry: this is great fun. the plot mash-up works and the film has clearly been written by people who understand the books: the changes to character and plot feel completely organic; the story is just familiar enough for recognition and just different enough to keep it interesting for people like me who know the books inside out. and apart from one gratuitous extended action sequence at the very end the animation captures the tone and rhythm of the books very well. daniel craig is wonderful as the sinister sakharine (a very minor character in the secret of the unicorn) and andy serkis is even better as captain haddock. and jamie bell’s tintin is right on the money.
i know this did really well internationally and so i hope they keep making more. one on the inca books, one on the syldavia/borduria books, and one that mashes together the plots (and updates the sometimes queasy cultural/political representations) of the cigars of the pharaoh, the blue lotus and the red sea sharks: that’s all i ask.