It feels like this movie has taken forever to get to the big screen. I vaguely remember Wolgang Petersen being attached at one point in the early 2000’s. This was before ‘Superman Returns’. Before ‘Batman Begins’. And then there was that Times Square billboard in ‘I Am Legend’, teasing the possibility that the two most famous superheroes of all time would one day go toe to toe for our viewing pleasure.
If you haven’t seen ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, the film will be spoiled for you if read this review.
Now that I’ve protected myself with the official, ironclad online statute of ‘Don’t come crying to me if you ignore my warnings’, on with the review.
First, a bit of background. Many of our brethren are ignorant of the details of Tintin. So I’ll try to give a brief synopsis of who he is, and why he is beloved by millions around the globe. The character Tintin was created in 1929 by a 22 year old Belgian artist named Georges Rémi. Under the pen name Hergé, Remi took Tintin, the young investigative journalist and his faithful dog, Snowy to the far reaches of the world on 23 adventures. From the peaks of the Himalayas, to the Sahara desert, and the jungles of the Congo (and even to the moon), Tintin always found himself at the heart of a mystery, and through pluck, bravery and ingenuity, he would thwart the bad guy and save the day. In animated storybooks, Rémi created simple, vivid, expertly paced stories laced with visual wit. Some of the views of the time are antiquated, and there was recently a bit of a storm in a teacup concerning the portrayal of Africans in ‘Tintin in the Congo’ (Tintin’s second adventure, written in 1931). This aside, The Adventures of Tintin remains to this day a creative, fun, exciting and entertaining read for young readers, and a great piece of nostalgia for those who grew up on them.
I thought I’d introduce a new segment that I’m sure I will periodically post when the mood strikes. It’s essentially mini reviews of films that I can’t be bothered reviewing (or don’t have that much to talk about). Here we go…
Alan Moore, being the complaining hippy weirdo that he is, always moans that Hollywood has never managed to make a good film based on one of his funny books. He’s wrong. While Watchmen and LXG may suck something fierce, and From Hell and V for Vendetta manage to scale the dizzy heights of mediocre, one adaptation stands head and shoulders above the rest- that adaptation? Wes Craven’s Swamp Thing.