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Capone finds Steven Spielberg's THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN surprisingly flat for a 3D adventure story!!!

Published at: Dec. 21, 2011, 12:36 a.m. CST

Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here.

Disappointment is a funny thing. I hesitate to ever use the word in my reviews, but there's an implication that just because a film didn't meet my expectation, there's something wrong with it. I'm a firm believer that if you walk into a film expecting A and you get B, that doesn't mean the film is bad; it just means it's not what you expected. Just because a trailer for YOUNG ADULT, for example, makes you think you're walking into a riotous comedy, and what you get is a sometimes-disturbing, dark story about an insane woman stalking her ex-boyfriend, does that make the move bad or just unexpected. Some people can't tell the difference, including me occasionally.

But the level of disappointment I felt at the Steven Spielberg-directed, Peter Jackson-produced THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN wasn't solely about expectations not being met; it was about missed opportunities and taking the animated format and squandering it on paint-by-numbers action sequences and flat, dull production design. Consider this: TINTIN (based on the comic books by Hergé) is an animated feature, one that in certain respects looks nearly photo realistic; you can literally imagine and execute any idea in the animated world. The limits are your imagination and nothing else. So why does the movie struggle so hard to do anything truly imaginative?

The story concerns Tintin, a young reporter (voiced by Jamie Bell) trying to uncover the mystery of three scrolls hidden inside model ships that seem to lead to the location of a long-lost hidden…something. Along his journey (with his trusted dog Snowy), he befriends a drunken sea captain (Andy Serkis), is aided by a pair of Interpol agents (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), and is pursued by the evil Ivanovich Sakharine (Daniel Craig). I don't have any complaints about the voice talents on hand, especially Craig, who really gets a shot at cutting loose as the villain of the piece.

Yes Tintin is after a good story, but really he's an adventure junkie. That's fine, but that basically makes the movie an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," a show I certainly liked but there was rarely anything creative done with the action sequences. With one or two exceptions, the action is reduced to shooting, car chases, blowing things up, and a tall ship battle with cannons and wood splintering and bodies going down in the sea.

I'm sure you've already heard about the seven-minute, no-cut action chase sequence through a town that is being flooded by a burst dam. That's by far the best sequence in the film and the only one that really takes advantage of its animated format. There's another interesting bit of action near the end of the film involving dueling port-side cranes, but even that seems rather clunky.

I've sat through THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN twice now, once with a group of critics and another time at Butt Numb-a-Thon, and my reaction was the same at both screenings. Blah! I was never engaged by these loosely realized characters that looked interesting but never did anything I care about. One other thing, I'm pretty certain Tintin is supposed to be a kid, probably in his late teens. If you can put a kid in that much peril and never really got me to care if he lives or dies or is gravely injured, there's something fundamentally wrong with your film.

I'd guess, younger audience members may not concern themselves with such issues and will probably get a great big kick out of this movie, but I was left high and dry, despite all the scenes set on the water. Perhaps the most shocking thing about THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN (and one of the primary reason for my level of disappointment) is the strength of the writing team behind it--regular "Doctor Who" writer and creator of the new "Sherlock" television show Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright (who did such a remarkable job adapting SCOTT PILGRIM) and his frequent writing partner Joe Cornish (writer and director of ATTACK THE BLOCK and co-writer with Wright of the hopefully upcoming ANT-MAN movie).

That's quite a pedigree, and if you thought about it, it might boggle your mind that these three talented chaps are the ones that came up with standard-issue action screenplay. Throw in Spielberg and Jackson's names, and on paper at least, THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN should have the greatest action movie every made. But the plot seems more interesting in blowing shit up than telling a story and giving us some sense of who these characters are and what helps them through a life that had known a great deal of pain. I wish I could report better news--actually I can. Spielberg has another film coming out in a couple of days, and that film did not disappoint in the slightest. More soon.

-- Capone
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  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:37 a.m. CST

    First!

    by nolan bautista

    on a Spielberg talkback!!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:44 a.m. CST

    now give me my

    by nolan bautista

    autographed Robert Picardo CD!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:46 a.m. CST

    So....pretty much what I expected then

    by Jaster Mareel

    And all those talkbackers saying what a massive hit this will be while I said the trailer looks dull and stupid.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Has this really on just come out in the States?

    by kingralphuk

    It came out (and got panned) in the UK ages ago.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:49 a.m. CST

    I"M SO CONFUSED!!!

    by MST3KPIMP

    first it looked mediocre but then the early reviews made it sound like it was ROTLA.. now it's lame again!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:52 a.m. CST

    Capone.. Your American Mind..

    by cool

    Your American mind cannot comprehend the awesomeness of TinTin. This movie was a roller coaster ride for me, especially with the Serkis controlled Captain Haddock. It was like young Indiana Jones, but with more style, substance and panache. Wish you Americans just stopped expecting things to go boom every second of an action movie. Just learn to have fun. Any which ways, this site, of all the sites that i visit was very anti Tintin from day one, just because you guys had no clue about it or its orgins. No wonder more and more movies now a days depend on International Box office returns than their home box office cause even they know you Americans are dumb as hell.. and only would appreciate movies that cost millions to make.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I humbly disagree...

    by Zakari Paolon

    .. with much of everything up there. You're allowed your opinion I guess. I've seen the movie twice too and loved it both times. You mention a lot of blowing shit up. What blows up in the film? A pirate ship. And I guess the glass case that holds one of the boat replicas. Anything else? I don't think so. Does that really sound like a movie concerned only with blowing shit up? There's ONE fiery explosion in the entire film (unless I'm forgetting something). I don't know if you are at all familiar with the source material, but it was also full of chases and adventure, and awesome goofy slapstick humour. I thought the movie was a perfect adaptation of Hergé's work. On a different note: I'm glad you liked Warhorse, I really can't wait to see it!!! (Just because I'm not with you on this review doesn't mean I don't value your opinion as a critic, and you liking Warhorse is a good sign to me!)

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Umm, light spoilers in the previous thing I wrote...

    by Zakari Paolon

    Sorry, should have mentioned it in the subject line...

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:02 a.m. CST

    LOVED TinTin as a kid

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    And can not wait to enjoy seeing that nostalgia on the big screen! Something tells me it's folks like myself who grew up with the source material that this movie was truly made for, it's too bad it was never a big American property (I'm Canadian and we all know TinTin) because that will ultimately hurt the domestic box office. Again though, this movie was not made for an American audience so you'll just have to accept that, I guess.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:17 a.m. CST

    This was Spielberg in messy 1941 style

    by chien_sale

    the guy has completly lost it at this point

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    Spielberg completly missed the point about Tin Tin

    by chien_sale

    the cleverness, the mystery. He went into stupid mode and just had things explode a lot

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:18 a.m. CST

    wtf is a Tintin

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:20 a.m. CST

    it's going to bomb in the states

    by WINONA_RYDERS_PUSSY_JUICE

    the tracking is in, and its DOA

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:23 a.m. CST

    Question for those who have seen it...

    by Box_Bruceleitner

    Is the theme from the cartoon used in any way at all during the film? It would be a shame if it wasn't because that was a stupendous theme, really great music! Not a big deal if it isn't though, I'm going to be seeing this with my dad who is also a big TinTin fan so we're both looking forward to this very much.

  • i just saw MI4 and while i enjoyed it, and i will watch it again Thursday with my wife and brother, i feel like all the hype turned a great movie into a little bit of a disappointing movie. but, i tend to like movies better the second time. i liked Sherlock Holmes 2 the first time and loved it the second time and look forward to watching it a third time after Christmas

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    @It came out (and got panned) in the UK ages ago.

    by Jay

    Do haters just make shit up?

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 2:04 a.m. CST

    @bantuwind .. They apparently do. Dumb SOBs

    by cool

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 2:06 a.m. CST

    Question for those who have seen it...

    by Zakari Paolon

    I didn't recognize the theme from the cartoon (but I haven't seen that in ages). I should say though that John Williams score is really fun and perfectly compliments the world of Tintin!

  • Tin Tin is just not really someone you can relate to or root for... I thought they would come up with something more imaginative than treasure... dull dull dull... Can't fault it on a technical level, but man was that boring

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 2:18 a.m. CST

    How can you think tintin is a kid?

    by Mr_P

    When from the first second they demonstrate he is a journalist with a large portfolio of previous works? That surely puts him in his 20's Between that and blowing shit up exageration i wonder if you were even paying attention either time you watched the film.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 2:27 a.m. CST

    Not just me then!

    by FatSeagal

    I walked out of Tin Tin when I went to see. I just found it plain dull and uninteresting. I also felt the same about Tinker, Tailor which eveyone seems to love.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 2:41 a.m. CST

    Couldn't be more wrong

    by Mastidon

    Capone, I couldn't disagree more with you. BNAT was my second screening of it too and I still say it is easily the most enjoyable movie experience of the year. Haters, say what you will but only after you have actually seen it please.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:11 a.m. CST

    There are plenty of top critics that say this movie was great.

    by pr0g2west

    So Im not worried about what "Capone" has to say. Im not going to see this movie for the characters, im going to see it for the action...and for the sole reason that Spielberg directed it. He has made films that have plenty of enjoyable, interesting characters. So its not like he doesn't know how to do it, or he dropped the ball. Mabey thats just who Tintin is, a boring teenage kid who gets wrapped up in all sorts of mayhem. Or mabey they seem dull because its mo-cap. But still, Id rather see an animated film thats trying to appear as real as possible. Im tired of these Disney/Pixar movies where the people look completely dis-proportional and fake, with huge googly eyes. And everybody is always happy-go-lucky and bubbley and over-the-top. Good entertainment value for children, but I prefer realism, mabey thats just me.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:14 a.m. CST

    A lot of people here claiming to have seen Tintin can't even get the name correct.

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Funny talkbackers.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:23 a.m. CST

    I'm in the UK and have seen this...

    by ChickenStu

    My 5 year old daughter loved the shit out of it, but it left me a little cold.

  • - when HergĂ©'s illustration style is not that way at all. I will try and check this out in LIEMAX 3-D for full effect, as it's averaging about 75% on RT and IMDB. I doubt it's shit, but I'm not expecting a home run, either.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:36 a.m. CST

    Oh dear god no, no no noooo-oooooo.

    by justmyluck

    http://www.gentlegiantltd.com/product_p/80222.htm

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    Here we go with the hate

    by Ciderman

    As the usual string of posters stick up inane crap about "how I knew it was going to suck" bullshit. The first review of the movie was closer to the mark for me, but then, that was after the european release and some yanks can't seem to get their head around the idea that we get a movie ahead of them. I seem to remember the word "plant" being used by a bunch of ana-cephalic losers at the time. The movie is great fun, Capone's opinion is just that, an opinion, I'd love to see a few more of the regulars putting up some more reviews of the movie.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Not seen it...

    by Stale Elvis

    ...it's been and gone here in the UK and from the trailers etc it couldn't even raise a "meh..." from me. Capone mentions the talent that went into the writing in this - regardless of whatever they've written in the past, those shows/scripts had limits to work with - either budget, practicality or other, a great production needs limits to work within - that's were the magic happens. With these animated/motion capture movies, the sky really is the limit and quality of script is reduced in relation to how much we can zoom/weave the camera and get away with the impossible in an attempt to wow the audience more - we saw it with the SW prequels - give people too much to play with and they'll produce an overblown mess. I still think Speilberg has it in him to create great things - just give him no money, a 16mm cinecam and tell him to go make magic.

  • Given the writing talent(s)there's numerous scenes of 'saying what i'm thinking' exposition which is clangingly dull.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:46 a.m. CST

    Never heard of Tintin in my life until this movie came out

    by FlandersBum

    Looks interesting though, I'll check it out when it's released on DVD/Blu.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:50 a.m. CST

    wanted to love this,

    by notspock2

    Saw it in the UK a few months ago and couldn't get over how ugly everyone looked. It has moments but by and large, after not being hooked after 30 mins, i was just waiting for it to end so I could go home and watch raiders of the lost ark. A shame, because i love pretty much everyone involved...

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 4:59 a.m. CST

    Is AICN just filled with old retards now?

    by Andrew Coleman

    People hating on Hugo saying the 3D animation was bad... WTF! Just go see the fucking movie it was beautiful. Now we have morons claiming movies like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is boring... What the fuck is wrong with you? I used to blame studios for all the shitty shitness that has been coming out recently... But it's not their fault it's morons who seem to love shit but hate on good movies or anything that takes a chance.

  • just.fuck.off.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Maybe you need to be a fan....

    by lowmankind

    ...but I enjoyed the shit outta this film. And I wonder if our reviewer saw the same film as I did, because I found this to be dry of action (aside from a few sequences) and altogether more interested in developing character and creating tones, moods and textures, than blowing shit up.

  • We all know a certain FAT FUCK who will LOVE this piece of shit, don't we?

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:19 a.m. CST

    BY THE WAY, Plinkett's review of Indy 4 comes out this week

    by Ricardo

    Oh boy

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:44 a.m. CST

    WELL SAID CAPONE

    by KilliK

    Exactly that.the movie is flat.great visuals but the story is mediocre.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:48 a.m. CST

    Saw in UK

    by mighty boosh

    It was fine, some of the visual action and even smaller nuances were excellent, fun and inventive, other parts were a bit underwhelming. Script wasn't incredible but peppered with some quite funny moments and good turns by Craig, Pegg and Frost. But it wasn't "panned", it was given decent, mainly 3-star reviews except for those that loved it and a small number who didn't. Sheesh, it's all or nothing with some people.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Wake Up People: You Should Be All Over This One!

    by cinephobia

    I respect Capone's view even while disagreeing with it (saw it in a preview here in Australia and loved it). But the big thing you hating talkbackers need to wake up to this: this is Spielberg and Peter Jackson (about as close to recreating a 1980s Lucas/ Spielberg collabartion as we'll ever get), working from a script by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. Moffat in particular has written some phenomenal stuff. And a lot of you are comic book geeks right? If you don't know that Herge is one of the towering figures of twentieth century comics, then sorry, you don't really know your stuff. The name recognition may not be there in the States, but get your head around it: everywhere else, this is as big as franchises get. If Ain't It Cool and its readers can't get worked up in anticipation for a Spielberg / Jackson / Moffat / Wright / Cornish / Herge collaboration this place might as well just shut up shop and give the whole place over to bitching talkbackers once and for all. Quit bitching. See this movie. It's great. (My fuller comments on it, FWIW, are here: http://www.sterow.com/?p=2961 )

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:20 a.m. CST

    DDDDDUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU???????

    by IwatchMovies

    I said epic fail on this over and over when it all first started. If it was so great in Europe then why wasn't it already popular in the US? The same fools who said this was a great idea are dreaming for "Howard The Duck 2".

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:27 a.m. CST

    YES i knew it.

    by zom-bot.com

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:30 a.m. CST

    @cinephobia

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    Amen.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    @iwatchmovies: Capone not liking it equals epic fail?

    by DidntPullOutInTimeCop

    DDDDDUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU???????

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:49 a.m. CST

    Don't often disagree with Capone...

    by doc_atom

    ...but I think he's off on this one. Good, clean fun. And what could be better than one of your children's movie heroes being a slobberingly unapologetic alcoholic? More of that in film please.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:51 a.m. CST

    iwatchmovies

    by MandrakeRoot

    Man, your a fucking idiot. You are the reason other countries think we're all a bunch of ignorant retards. What's funny is you claiming Americans liking it is some kind of validation of it's quality, when all one has to do is look at the popular music scene to see how awful the mainstream taste is. I can't speak to the quality of this movie and the Tintin property itself, but the fact that it's popular in Europe and not here would actually give me hope that it's not total shit.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Too Close Encounters

    by KnarftheIndecent

    Two Movies coming out in the same month should never have the same Director, it just means one didn't get his the attention it needed.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 7:35 a.m. CST

    Ebert really liked it...

    by riktuin

    ... and so will I!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 7:37 a.m. CST

    Why not just do it w real actors and sets?

    by knowthyself

    Ugh. Whatever.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 7:49 a.m. CST

    I've Developed a New IQ Test

    by Aquatarkusman

    Anybody who uses the word "hate" or "hater" to deflect criticism from their beloved object of affection is definitely in the old "moron-imbecile" range.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 7:50 a.m. CST

    i don't like how 'real' TINTIN himself looks compared to the rest

    by zom-bot.com

    -the rest of the characters keep most of their drawn characteristics- big bulb noses, tiny eyes, etc, but it seems like tintin is 'too realistic' face-wise. does that stick out like a sore thumb? Tintin was probably the simplest designed face in the comic. hell, CG may have made improvements with eyes a little (and that is a big feat for sure) but they still get the inner mouth wrong- it's too well lit- because the artists have so much pride that they did every tooth in detail, every tastebud on the tongue, etc.. too defined, too bright- they have to show it. the more they try for the fine details of realism, the more fake it often looks.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Capone, you are so far off on this.

    by Bob

    Seriously. This movie is so much fun. You come off like the usual tired, old movie critic who's seen everything. Oh and the people who post just to bash something they haven't seen except for the trailers, well, their opinions are more useless than farts in a hurricane. I say skip that unecessary remake of Dragon Tattoo, grab the kids and go have a good time with Tintin.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 7:54 a.m. CST

    Whoa...whoa!

    by Jay Kennedy

    Where I buy into the disappointment not equal to a bad film - because I did expect more...not being overly imaginative is not what I'd call The Adventures of Tin Tin. There's a one shot sequence for about 4 minutes in the film that is anything but dull and it's filled with imagination. Something this great couldn't be performed with live action. Keep in mind it's still a story rooted in reality, regardless of it's imagination...this scene blew my mind apart and is probably the best thing I've seen on screen in a few years. There was some reaching and missed opportunities, but I think there was a ton of imagination and excitement that deserves to be revisited Capone. Jay K.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 7:55 a.m. CST

    @iwatchmovies

    by mighty boosh

    "I said epic fail on this over and over when it all first started" Then we must all bow down to your pre-emptive declarations, Lord PreCog.

  • That's why I'm more interested in low budget independents and foreign box office.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:04 a.m. CST

    I'm sure this movie will be HUGE overseas.

    by Isaac R.

    Here? Not so much.

  • No, i haven't seen it yet. I could had that oportunity for two months already. And yet nothing about this movie engages me to convince me to watch it. Not even the names of Spielberg and Peter Jackson attatched to it. Not even the fact it's about a character whose comics i love reading when i was a child and teen. I hope to be proved wrong when i finally get to watch it.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:08 a.m. CST

    isaac_r-it's been out for awhile overseas

    by Samuel Fulmer

    It's made 239 million on a 130 million dollar budget. My guess is it'll make maybe around 100 million here, so it won't be a flop, but probably considered one based on Speilberg being the director and it's an action film not one of his serious Munich/Amistad efforts that usually don't make much.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST

    Anyone who uses hater is ten years behind the times

    by Samuel Fulmer

    Hey, how about we just start calling good stuff "radical" while we're at it too!

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:12 a.m. CST

    When even Robert Zemekis

    by Samuel Fulmer

    has jumped off the mocap train (of course you'd have to when you produced Mars Needs Moms!), you know it's time to move on, at least until it actually gets perfected.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:18 a.m. CST

    "Epic fail"?

    by Yer_Maw

    It's remarkable that this Epic Fail has already made @ $240Million. Still to open in a lot of territories, including the USA. I'm not really interested in it myself - don't like mocap, was never a Tin Tin fan, but given the talent involved I'll undoubtedly get round to it eventually. But folks trying to say it won't be a critical or commercial success is just comical. Most reviews have been very positive, and the numbers speak for themselves.

  • It's a result of one of the side effects of the Parkinson's Law of Triviality. Basically, it means that if you put too many people in charge of one subject, regardless of how talented and competent they are, eventually the end result reaches a trivial unspectacular result. Because sometimes too many people working on a project results in nothing getting done, possibly because everyone thinks someone else will do it, or because of conflicts over the direction of the project. This later is a common occurence in movies from Holywood, where everybody fights over the direction a movie should take, from studio executives to filmmakers and writers, etc. The fact studios love to employ lots of different writers to rewrite scripts also causes this effect. The end result is that you end up with movies which are very banal and unmemorable, without any personal identity of their own, which means, with little to no appeal. As far i'm concerned, that is.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    darthvadersbadside

    by AsimovLives

    Far me being Capone's Devil's Advocate, but you have to be aware that if you in this busines sof movie reviewing, or even be a movie geek for quite a while, like, say, 10 to 20 years, eventually just some shiny object will not be enough to impress you. You get savvy. This savviness, despite what many claim, is not cynicism. In fact, this savviness can be a response and a defense to cynicism from many movies and their filmmakers. And fun is not a enough good reason to claim the superiority of a movie. Because if there ever was a subjective reason, the "fun" one is it. It's the daddy of all subjective reasons. As such, it's a poor reason to use to justify why a movie is supposeded to be good. There's better indicators then that, stuff that's not in the shackles of the absolute personal but can be shared and understood by many. They call that "Intersubjectivity", a new way to invoke the better aspects of objectivity without the more damning.

  • It is indeed the idiot's argument.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    I'm a huge Tintin fan...

    by John Maddening

    ...have been all my life. I really HATE just about every mo-cap film so far, so I was ready to be disappointed when I heard about Tintin: The Mo-Cap Spectacular! Then I saw the trailers, with the motorcycle and bazooka scene, and was ready to totally write it off. When I finally saw it at BNAT, I loved it. By no means is it a direct adaptation of the Unicorn books, but it works for me. My only disappointment was due to the changes, they didn't introduce my favorite character, Prof. Calculus, but I was still very happy with the movie, and I can't wait to take my nephew to see it.

  • 1. Epic 2. "I love me some..." 3. "(Insert director) brought it/brings it." 4. FACT! 5. Hater 6. Anyone expressing their enthusiasm for a trailer/film with references to their penis (I'm so hard...I jizzed...etc) All other suggestions are welcome.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    $239M is impressive.....until you look at the details

    by Jaster Mareel

    Studios only receive HALF of the box office. The other half goes to the theaters. So the studio has only actually received $119M so far, and it's been out for 2 fucking months! So it's still $11M in the hole. Oh, and there's the whole matter of prints and advertising, which is likely around $80M, so Tintin actually still needs to make another $200M at the box office (in order for the studio to recieve $100M) to make a dime of profit. I predict it will make no more than $50M in the US. Will they eventually make up the rest in other territories? It seems unlikely. That means Tintin is a loser folks, sorry. You can salve your wounds by saying that at least there have been worse cinematic losers in history.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 9:11 a.m. CST

    How sad. Two new Spielberg movies out. Dont care about either one

    by Mike Myers

    The guy used to get me into the cinema asap when he had new flick. Now. nope. Sad. He paid his dues though, Jaws, Raiders and CE3K will always put him up on the top of the list. Thanks Steve. Now go have a beer with Lucas and enjoy your money.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    FYI. The word "hater" is heavily used by the Kardashian hags

    by Mike Myers

    Find a new word gang. Dont associate with those pigs.

  • It is Spielberg after all.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST

    Hopefully S&J will continue the TinTin series because...

    by workshed

    ...the best stories are yet to come. Also, you'd have PJ at the helm and I'd much rather prefer that. However, I think we're looking at waiting till 2014 at the earliest (now that he's locked into TH).

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Didn't really explain what's wrong with it.

    by ballyhoo

    I'm not even sure what specifically Capone didn't like. Odd, because Capone usually writes well and clearly. Even if I disagree with him, I usually understand his train of thought.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    My Preferred Next Tintin Story

    by Aquatarkusman

    Destination: Moon. Although my sixth sense says nearly all of the money will be international. I was raised by hippies and grew up with the hardcover comic books, but the trailers here don't do anything but show action clips and blare SPIELBERG, as if the guy hasn't been putting his producer tag on everything under the sun.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 10:41 a.m. CST

    bibleman

    by SmokingRobot

    I gave up on Spielberg a long time ago. 'Jaws' was a perfect movie, but there is something wrong with this guy.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 10:48 a.m. CST

    This sentence sums up Capone's whole review

    by seasider

    If you can put a kid in that much peril and never really got me to care if he lives or dies or is gravely injured, there's something fundamentally wrong with your film.

  • Looks decent, but decent doesn't get tickets sold, particularly for a little known literary property on these shores. People are going to say, "It's about the dog, right? Rin Tin Tin? Yeah, uh, no." The emotional attachment just isn't going to be there and I can't see it being gained from the movie alone which means flat ticket sales.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 11:07 a.m. CST

    Capones reviews are strictly based on things such as...

    by DonkeyBalls

    Did someone from the production company permit an interview? Has Capone ever met in person someone from the movie? Does Capone think anyone from the movie will ever read his review? If any of the above is true, instant glowing review!! As we can see though, nobody from Tintin has obviously paid any attention to Capone, therefore they get a bad review.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 11:40 a.m. CST

    Something About John WIlliams' Overusage (Dependence?)

    by Aquatarkusman

    Reminds me of this exchange from Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy... Arthur Sullivan: May I remind you, Helen, that I am not a machine. Helen Lenoir: I would not suggest for one moment that you were. Sullivan: You all seem to be treating me as a barrel-organ. You have but to turn my handle, and Hey Presto! Out pops a tune.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 11:53 a.m. CST

    Old comics fan here...

    by Blue_Demon

    I was well aware of the Tintin property years before the movie was even thought of. I used to see the hardcovers in some of the cool Half-Price books stores in Austin. I knew all about Herge and how he is a god in Europe. I thought the books were okay. Now to some, this statement will qualify me as some kind of troglodyte. I get it. But dammit, I just can't get excited by this thing. Not hating on it...just saying that it doesn't grab me. On the strength of the trailer, it seems to be one of those movies that you see when you wander into the living room and you are too lazy to reach for the remote, or there's nothing else on. It's just there. I hope Steve and Pete make their money back. I just can't see dropping ten bucks on this thing.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I thought this was a movie about the guy from The Crow

    by art123guy

    I'm such a silly American

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    zombie_fatigue

    by AsimovLives

    You forgot to mention the all time classic "[director] directed the movie out of the park". i so fucking hate that stupid expression. Best way to make me turn off a movie is to use that fucking expression. It's completly meaningless, and it seems only mindless idiots use it.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    the subject of Tintin's age

    by AsimovLives

    The creator himself was never clear about how old Tintin was. The age he has, infered by the comics, is something between 17 to 23. Now, for many here, him aged 17 seems like he's still a teen. but the character was created in 1929. Back then the concept of adolescence didn't exactly existed. At that age, Tintin would be considered a young adult. And that was always the idea beyind the character, a young adult having alot of adventures due to his reporting (his day job is a reporter) or just because he's an adventure magnet and adventure happens to him even when he's not looking for it.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 3:19 p.m. CST

    no need to pay extra for 3-D

    by taff

    Saw it Saturday morning. Good movie. Liked it. Would not recommend anyone pay extra for 3-D.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:09 p.m. CST

    mandrakeroot = HOWARD THE DUCK FAN

    by IwatchMovies

    Steve SUCKburg picked a popular European cartoon to make a movie about. I thought spending over $200 MILLION to make this was retarded with so much good material out there. I said that it will fail here because other countries cultures have different tastes than we have in entertainment. It will fail here. GET OVER IT.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    aquatarkusman keep dreaming

    by IwatchMovies

    TT2 will be released along with Ten Commandments 2.

  • Dec. 21, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Saw it in Beijing a couple of weeks ago

    by tonguestubble

    And really enjoyed it. Capone says it's all car chases, shoot outs and explosions and is therefore dull and a poor action film. Not sure I understand. Not that many car chases. Or explosions. Lots of good jokes. Great back story for captain haddock. Fantastic images, especially the desert to ocean transition. Better pirate action than the last 2 pirates of the carribean. And best of all the first time I have been able to watch an uncanny valley film and actually buy into it. The use of animation may not extend to every part of the action, but is ever present in the character and production design. As a film for 12 year old boys, this is a great fast moving adventure story, well told.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST

    a message to Stephen Speilberg

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    If computer generated imagery is really the new media that is supposed to conjure awe and wonderment in the hearts and minds of film-goers, than why in the almost-20 of its film dominance (remember, Jurassic Park came out in 1993) has there STILL not been a character to capture the love of audiences like ET- worldwide, and still adored today. Name one. Computers will always miss the human wisp of unspoken magic that makes the celluloid glow. Merry Christmas and buy your kids colored pencils and view-masters

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    I disagree with Capone. I found it to be AMAZING

    by versatol

    So what if the script was simple. It's not meant to be Citizen Kane. It's more Temple of Doom than Raiders (and I mean that in a good way)

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 1:13 a.m. CST

    "voiced by Jamie Bell" FUCK THAT SHIT

    by thefirerises

    That guy ended up throwing a rib out and having two vertebrae misaligned, he doesn't just sit in a fucking booth all day reading lines. Work out the most basic fundamental facts about a film before you fucking review it, shitface. Yet another turd from Capone.

  • Very true. Now let's bring back the multi-plane camera, rotoscope, and the art of paint on cels...Those mediums that have been tossed into the dust pile so that filmmakers can have minute control over their product with half the staff. And let's stop pinning our hopes on Peter Jackson and his ilk and remember that there were visionaries who managed to make films that may not have been better- but were less stagy, more risky, and more organic than most of what's being made today. Kevin Smith's Red State is a good example... Not his best movie, by any means, but because of a reduced budget and a leaner script, he was able to say fuck it and lead with his gut and pull out a movie that took no prisoners.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 3:02 a.m. CST

    SO THE TRUTH COMES OUT...

    by bruce

    ...it was supposed to be CAPONE who interviewed SPIELBERG awhile back and 'ol Stevie told him to go suck a pcikle...give me that QUINT guy, eh...?

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 3:16 a.m. CST

    Loved this at BNAT...

    by Bob Loblaw Law Blog

    I went in knowing very little about Tintin, other than the basics. And I loved it. Looking forward to warching it again.

  • Could fuck up.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    donkeyballstwo The guy interviewed PARIS HILTON

    by Mike Myers

    Really Paris, tell me one g dam thing you have ever read on our site and don't read the cue cards

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    freebeer

    by Mastidon

    Get your facts straight, ONE reviewer in the UK did not like it, the rest all enjoyed it. Current score on rottentomatoes is 77. Hardly hated by everyone.

  • Dec. 22, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST

    this movie will disappoint for the same reason the Star Wars prequels did

    by sasquatch_with_a_swatch_watch

    Computers. Too much sheen to get in the way of any accidental, natural cinematography. Action set pieces that are so confusing that the audience rubs its eyes in exhaustion, hoping feebly for even one stilted dialogue scene that isn't totally overwhelmed with set design in the background. Whoever said it up there said it best, these directors are much to in love with technology, and it's obscured their roots, it gets in the way of the story... and when you've got Moffat, Wright and Speilberg, the elements should have been THERE. Beowulf got it right. Spectacularly so. So it's sad to me to see these directors get SO close to their vision but let it get obscured by technology or the misapplication of it. Spielberg should have learned his lesson after the ET Director's Cut and Kingdom of the Skull, and used his massive Hollywood clout to make a movie with the old handmade wizards. Give us another Land Before Time, even another We're Back, a Dinosaur's Tale... This shit is doing nothing for the world of film but taking us further and further into some pixelated fantasia that just isn't constructed properly enough to cradle the human imagination.

  • Dec. 23, 2011, 1:30 a.m. CST

    Forgive My fellow American

    by Judahkr

    It is true not all Americans are familiar with the world of Tintin, however some of us are. I agree to the fact that Capones' review adds detriment to the success of a well beloved series that I thoroughly enjoyed, as a kid. From most negative reviews I have read are from individuals unfamiliar with Herge's world. However, here in America we have the freedom to express our views. If you insist on trying to put Americans down for their points of view perhaps you should find a website as superior as aintitcool.com in your own country.

  • Sounds like my impression was correct.

  • "Yes Tintin is after a good story, but really he's an adventure junkie. That's fine, but that basically makes the movie an episode of "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles"

  • No, that makes The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles a Tintin wannabe