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Film Review: The Adventures of Tintin (2011).
The Adventures of Tintin (2011). Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on the comic books by Hergé. The film starts with intrepid boy reporter Tintin in a market. He spots a model ship for sale on a bric-a-brac stall and buys it. As soon as he buys it though a mysterious man tells him that bad luck will befall him and offers to buy it off him, and then another equally mysterious man offers to buy it off him as well. Tintin refuses both and takes the ship home, only for his dog, Snowy, to break the ship during a fight with the neighbour's cat. Snowy spots that a small parchment falls out of the ship behind a table, even though Tintin misses it. I've got two issues with Tintin before I start on the film contents. Firstly, does anyone really like Tintin that much? Tintin was always very much a second choice to my preferred French comic book, Asterix. The stories are often odd, quirky, a bit annoying... and I was going to say French, but then I like Asterix (Editor's Note: Thanks to Dan for reminding me that Hergé was actually Belgian). Secondly, why was there such a big deal about this film and why did Spielberg end up directing it? Surely it wasn't a hugely difficult thing to bring to the screen (for its nth outing), bearing in mind it was already in comic book form. Anyway, the film itself... it captures the odd, quirky, and slightly annoying quality of the original comic books. I've heard it described as a poor man's Indiana Jones, and that's fairly accurate in the sense that it just isn't a particularly engaging story vs. an Indiana Jones story (considering the first three films at least). I get the feeling that younger children might get something more from it though - there's one nice action sequence - and perhaps fans of the books will enjoy it (if they don't consider it sacrilege). 2/5 (Poor)

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I LOVED Tintin as a kid. I used to have to go up to Great Ormond Street Hospital a lot as a child and each time I'd go with my dad, we'd stop by the Tintin store and buy another book. Once I had them all, I started on Asterix, but I still have all the books and have lugged them from the UK to the US, back to the UK and back to the US again. It's not out here until Christmas so unless I can't find a copy somehow I will have to wait on my verdict.

Are you *sure* you didn't prefer Asterix? ;-)

I think I was in a bit of a grump yesterday as I didn't like the film much, and maybe I was venting my spleen a bit too much. The books weren't that bad, but I did prefer Asterix.

I'll be interested to know what you think when you see it, as a true fan.

Asterix was just different, funnier definitely. I kind of liked the detective story part of Tintin though.

I loved Tintin as a child (the books helped me to learn Welsh), and I still do; I got a whole load of the books for my birthday, as I'm trying to complete the set. I adore Asterix too (and the 'Nicholas' books, which Goscinny wrote with Sempe). I love both series for different reasons.

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