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Late last year, I watched Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin (2011), when it premiered on the cable network ‘Star Movies’. I really enjoyed Spielberg’s animated take on Hergé’s Tintin comics, and thought it was a very good adaptation of a classic series of comic books. My personal favourite series of comics, ever since I was kid, that age well and are timeless classics that surpass borders, and that have no age limit. And I re-watched it last night when it was re-telecast on ‘Star Movies’ itself. My original rating remains.

Of course it’s very different to the books, but Steven Spielberg has managed to capture the spirit of the books. The main plot revolves around The Secret of the Unicorn, which blends in a couple of other books too. I re-read The Secret of the Unicorn last year after my original viewing of Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin. How different are the book and the movie? For one thing, the main villain of the movie, is just a minor character in the book and neither a villain nor the descendant of the pirate Red Rackham, Ivan Sakharine (both Rackham and Sakharine, voiced by Daniel Craig). And the real villains of the book, the Bird brothers, just have a cameo in the beginning of the movie. Thus the whole story is different to the book, except for the concept that revolves around the sunken ship, The Unicorn, and the treasure buried along with it.

The animation is excellent and would have looked great on 3D. I am not crazy about watching stuff in 3D, not that I dislike it, but it’s not a necessity for me. A good movie should work well, whether it’s on 3D or not. Saying that, I most probably would have watched The Adventures of Tintin on 3D, if I had the chance to do so. What I did not fancy about the animation was that all the people looked robotic. In fact, older, hand drawn, cartoons, made their characters seem more flexible. Tintin and his friends and enemies all seemed like wax models forced to move about, with very stiff turns and very little expressions. The only creature who was the most active, and adorably felt so real, was none other than ‘Snowy’, Tintin’s faithful companion, the ‘common mongrel’, the beloved little white fluff of a dog. The only creature with a pulse, with the exception of Snowy’s own personal arch enemy, the cat.
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Spielberg had originally acquired the rights to the movie, from Hergé’s wife in 1983, the same week that Hergé passed away. By the following year Spielberg was ready to start a live action movie with a script about Tintin battling ivory hunters in Africa, and had wanted actor Jack Nicholson to play Haddock. But Spielberg wasn’t that satisfied with the script and returned the rights to the Hergé Foundation. In 2001, Spielberg was interested in depicting Tintin with computer animation, but later reverted to his idea of a live-action adaptation. All this hullabaloo over the Tintin films was going nowhere, and ultimately in 2008, they decided to make this movie that was released in 2011. Even then, due to many a delays, a lot of changes took place, resulting in,  actor Thomas Sangster, who was originally cast to voice Tintin, walking out of the project.

Tintin was ultimately voiced by Jamie Bell, Captain Haddock by Andy Serkis and Thomson & Thompson by Nick Frost & Simon Pegg respectively. Snowy, like many a previous adaptations, has no voice. In the sense, we can’t hear what it thinks. All it can do is bark, growl and whine like an ordinary dog.

All in all, this movie is worth checking out by any die hard Tintin fan. Would Hergé have been proud of this adaptation? That’s hard to say, but the movie does capture the essence of Hergé’s classic series of comic books.

A Very Good Movie. 8/10

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Nouveau Bond Birthday

The latest Bond, Daniel Craig, turns 45 today.

Born on the 2nd of March

Birthdays

of (from collage above) :-

Film Personalities

Jennifer Jones (1919-2009) star of The Song of Bernadette (1943), Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) of I Love Lucy (1951-1957) fame, Daniel Craig, Bryce Dallas Howard (Daughter of director Ron Howard, whose B’day was yesterday) of The Help (2011) and Ethan Peck (Grandson of actor Gregory Peck) from In Time (2011).

Author

John Irving (novelist/screenplay writer) of The Cider House Rules (1999).

Musicians

Chris Martin (of the band Coldplay) and rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

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I came across Daniel Craig back in the 1990’s when I watched Shekhar Kapur’s Elizabeth (1998) and I Dreamed of Africa (2000), but I didn’t know him back then, forgot such a person existed. I first really noticed him when I watched Road to Perdition (2002) a decade ago in Oslo. Soon, the following year, I saw a number of his films when I was residing in England, such as the television movie The Ice House (1997), and other big screen wonders shown on the small screen like Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon (1998) and Enduring Love (2004). These last two movies, where in one he played Francis Bacon’s  lover & muse, and an object of an obsessive desire in the other, proved what a great actor he was. Soon I saw him in movies like Sylvia (2003), Munich (2005), Casino Royale (2006), Infamous (2006) and Defiance (2008). I think he is among the best actors today.

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Casino Royale (2006) came out when I was living in Sydney, 2006. I really wasn’t that keen on watching it, ’cause I hadn’t been a fan of the Bond series (post-90’s), which were dependant more on the special effects than the plot, and like most movies today it’s the CGI (Computer generated Imagery) that overpowers the movie, completely ruining it, worse when it’s added with a lot of pretty faces that can’t act. None of the Bond movies I’ve seen have been among the best movies ever made, so far I am concerned, but the 1990’s Pierce Brosnon ones were the worst ever. So December of 2006, during the height of a heaty summer down under, Casino Royale (2006) was released there. A flatmate of mine watched it and she loved it. Meanwhile the original Casino Royale (1967); dubbed the non-Bond Bond movie, starring David Niven (whose B’day was yesterday) and Peter Sellers (both playing Bond), Woody Allen playing the villain and a stellar cast of gorgeous fem fatale’s including Deborah Kerr, Ursula Andress and Jacqueline Bisset, to name a few; was shown on television. I wasn’t crazy about this comical version, even though some parts were genuinely hilarious, but some jokes were getting pretty stale and the movie seemed to drag on a bit. Thus it’s a Oky Doky movie, but worth checking out for a die hard Bond fan, and any movie buff. After all, it’s one of those not so great films that actually has some really good actors, thus making it watchable.

Anyway the following year I ended watching the new Casino Royale (2006), loved it, except for the first two long unnecessary chases. To me the movie started, just before Eva Green’s entrance, where M (Judi Dench) tells Bond about the poker game. And last year I read Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, the novel. Neither movies are anything like the book. But I do love the newer Casino Royale (2006).

Note: Lana Wood, child star of the 50’s, whose B’day way yesterday as well, was a Bond girl as well. She appeared Diamonds Are Forever (1971) with the original Bond, Sean Connery.

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