February 01, 2012

The Adventures of Tintin 3D- AMC Clifton Commons 16

Erica: While visiting NJ, we went to our now second favorite theater there (Essex Green dethroned this) to see The Adventures of Tintin. We saw the movie in 3D. It looked really cool but the movie was only ok. The main reason I went to see it was for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (and Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish). I saw every movie they are in, even though you only hear them in this movie, it is still them. We saw it with a few kids that were bored and kept wanting to leave and asking their dad if they can leave. This was about 45 minutes in to the movie and he proclaimed "It's almost over." Lying to your kids is not always the best route, and it only kept the kid quiet for about ten minutes. 

The movie will definitely keep your attention for an hour and 45 minutes, but that is pretty much all it is. I have not read the books, maybe that would have helped make it better than ok, but being that it was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson, I was hoping it had enough going for it. Don't get me wrong, it was entertaining but it was lacking in certain places and I can see how the children in the theater got easily bored. This isn't standard child fare, but it is a family film.  

Mike: I enjoyed the Tintin comics as a kid, but they were never my favorite. And I usually don't care for motion capture animation. So going into this, I wasn't all that excited. But it was fine. It's a fun film with a lot of fun action sequences. It went on too long - after three action-packed locations I figured the film was just about over, but it still had two more locations to go. Ultimately, it's decent disposable entertainment.

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