THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (2011)

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Director: Steven Spielberg
MPAA Rating: PG
Running Time: 107 min.

Tintin, an investigative news reporter, and his dog, Snowy, purchase a curious looking model ship in a market and immediately find themselves swept up in a mysterious adventure.  The model of the Unicorn holds a secret that will lead to the real Unicorn, a sunken ship full of treasure.  Tintin’s model is just one of three, and the evil Sakharine is determined to collect them all and find the treasure himself.  Believing Tintin knows something of the Unicorn’s secrets, Sakharine kidnaps him and imprisons him on a ship bound for Morocco.  But thanks to Snowy’s able assistance, Tintin escapes and finds Captain Haddock, the true heir to the Unicorn’s treasure.  Unfortunately, Haddock has been drunk so long, he’s forgotten the secrets that his grandfather revealed to him.  Tintin, Haddock, and Snowy continue to unravel the mystery as they race Sakharine to the end of the trail and the treasure that lies buried beneath the sea.

Writing credits on this film include Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim) and Steven Moffat (the Eleventh Doctor story arc of Doctor Who, as well as some of the coolest episodes of the Russell T. Davies story arc: “The Girl in the Fireplace” and “Blink”)–so you know it has to be good!  Also, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play the bumbling Interpol inspectors, Thomson and Thompson.  The film brought the Tintin adventure to life with impressive animation, plenty of action, and a good dose of slapstick comedy.  If you like the comics, definitely go see the film.  It’s a lot of fun.  (And if you like the film, check out the comics!)

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