The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011) – 7/10 Steven Spielberg action adventure movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Steven Spielberg
Jamie Bell: Tintin
Andy Serkis: Haddock
Daniel Craig: Sakharine, Red Rackham
Writer: Steven Moffat
Writer: Joe Cornish
Writer: Edgar Wright
Writer: Hergé

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of The Unicorn (2011)

Gun-wielding baby-faced bequiffed ginger reporter (!) Tintin innocently buys a model ship of The Unicorn but finds himself violently targeted by treasure-hunters eager to unravel the Unicorn’s secrets.


Steven Spielberg’s bash at performance capture movie-making looks great from the get-go but, as with many CG animated movies, it’s not consistently involving and has little emotional connection. Tintin is an oddly blank and anachronistic hero (he looks like a teenager but behaves as an adult and impassively shoots baddies). The movie also races through it’s plot without momentum; it’s going fast but not necessarily because the plot demands it. On the plus side it goes on to offer some funny moments, more stunning visuals, and a couple of top-drawer action sequences (an extended pirate ship attack and a single-shot motorcycle chase, impressive in 3D).

This movie contains violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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