I saw Tintin at the Liberty Cinema (tickets available by dialing 444 on a Dialog). It’s OK. Visually impressive without being oppressive (like Transformers), but still lacks something of a soul. It’s directed by Steven Spielberg, but I still think Super 8 was his best recent venture. Tintin was just kinda flat and dull in the end.
My criteria for a movie is do I care if the characters live or die. Once I’m engaged I’m quite a sop, I hide during scary parts and cry rather freely. If I’m not engaged, however, I’m just bored. With Tintin, aside from Snowy, I didn’t really care. Please note that I never liked the comics either, that may color things.
The CGI motion capture is excellent and real enough without being nauseating. Technically it’s a beautiful film. Just sometimes feels like there’s nobody home.
In Tintin there’s a ‘one shot’ chase sequence which proceeds down a hill, through buildings, involving a motorbike, ropes, tanks and a falcon, among other things. It was an amazing visual Rube Goldberg machine, but at one point I quite tangibly felt that the scenery was warping around the characters rather than the characters changing the scenery. At that point the actors were just props, and the possibility of them failing just wasn’t there. Tintin couldn’t fail in his trip down the hill anymore than the motorbike could fail to run, he was just a link in a chain. Not especially engaging. I actually stopped paying attention, it was just like watching gears in a watch.
The movie is also long, and the Liberty is a rather unpleasant theatre. People talk and yell at the screen, and at intermission I counted, I shit you not, over 20 ads. And I really don’t dig how every movie aspires to be a franchise these days, ending on a cliffhanger, or the promise, indeed, the blackmail of a sequel. Perhaps just make a great movie first, then make some more.
Tintin is showing at the Liberty Cinema, Kollupitiya. Showtimes are 10:30 AM, 01:30 PM, 04:15 PM, and 07:00 PM. I recommend buying tickets over the phone (dialing 444 on a Dialog). It costs about Rs. 60 more, but when you get to the cinema you can skip the line, go up to a machine, enter your reference number and print the ticket yourself. Aside from Captain Haddock’s extreme but comical alcoholism, it’s good for kids.