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In theatres now: The Adventures of Tintin

Guest reviewer and childhood fan of the classic Tintin comics, Sadiya, let's us know why she thinks this film is a hit

By Sadiya Dendar

In theatres now: The Adventures of Tintin

Running time: 107 mins
MPAA rating: PG
 
“Great snakes!” exclaims Tintin as he begins to unravel another mystery that he just can’t avoid getting involved in. As a longtime fan of Tintin (and his trusted companion Snowy) I will admit I was skeptical when I heard he was coming to the big screen. But I am happy to report that The Adventures of Tintin completely blew me away.
 
This animated film is actually a combination of four of the beloved Hergé’s classic tales including The Crab with the Golden Claws, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham’s Treasure. When the boy reporter (voiced by Jamie Bell) stumbles upon a model of a sunken ship, suddenly mysterious things begin to happen.
 
For the kids:
This film is probably appropriate for kids eight and up. There is a fair bit of violence and some drunken antics from the loveable Captain Haddock.
 
Are there any scary parts?
There are a few scary parts (it is an action adventure film after all!) including some chase and fight scenes.
 
Why kids will like it:
Mystery, suspense and adventure crop up at every turn and the 3D animation lends itself well to the fast-paced plot. And they’ll appreciate the humour that bumbling detectives Thomson and Thomson provide.
 
For the parents:
If you loved the old comics or even the TV show, you’ll delight in this retelling of a classic. And with movie masterminds Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson involved, you know you’re in for a treat!
 
Trust me, this is one you’ll want to check out on the big screen more than once. In fact, I think I may be heading out there again tonight!

This article was originally published on Dec 21, 2011

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