Let me just begin by saying that I am not a professional movie critic. I don't have any experience in dissecting the plot, production, or score of a movie. I don't know how to analyze camera angles, storyboards or sound effects. And I'm no expert in the various techniques of animation.
What I am is a mom with a husband and two young daughters who went to see a movie. In this case, "The Adventures of Tintin," directed by Steven Spielberg. As a moviegoer, I frequently look to reviews to determine whether or not a movie is worth the time, money and effort involved. And as a mom, I look to reviews from other parents to get a heads up on whether or not a movie will be appropriate and fun for my kids.
With all of that said, here's what I have to say about "The Adventures of Tintin": If you and your family are headed to the movies this holiday season, this is the movie to see.
The animated film is based on the comic strip of the same name by Belgian artist Georges Remi who wrote under the pen name of Hergé. Produced by Spielberg, Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy, "The Adventures of Tintin" is apparently the first installment in what is slated to be a trilogy of Tintin adventures. In this film, we're introduced to the young adventure-seeking reporter, Tintin (Jamie Bell,) and the crusty Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis.) Tintin's accidental flea market purchase leads the two in a race to recover a treasure that was lost at sea four centuries ago. In their efforts to find the treasure, the duo must fend off the malevolent Red Rackham (Daniel Craig) who is determined to settle family debts and beat the pair to the goods.
"The Adventures of Tintin" is loaded with enough swashbuckling adventures and fantastical car chase scenes to keep my husband and adventure-seeking older daughter happy, while my 5-year-old fell in love with Tintin's trusty sidekick, Snowy, a plucky white fox terrier with a dry sense of humor who is always first in line to help Tintin — that is when he's not distracted by a sandwich or bone. As for me, I loved that the movie was able to combine adventure, humor and mystery without an abundance of harsh language, gore and princess dresses.
The Internet Movie Database has a comprehensive parent guide for "The Adventures of Tintin" that does a good job of listing the questionable content that may concern you as a parent. If you have very young kids or kids who get frightened easily, you might want to have a close look at film's more intense scenes. But I can tell you that my 5-ear-old is not fond of scary scenes, yet she had no problems with any part of this movie.
If you're looking for a movie to see with your family this holiday break, I promise you that the kids in all of you will be pleased with "The Adventures of Tintin."