One of the most eagerly anticipated movies of the year, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, has been reviewed by Robin Collin of UK’s The Telegraph.

It’s not a promising start, it has to be said. Collin begins by saying that for all the technology, Hergé  was more powerful with the pen than Spielberg and Jackson are with the computer. “Two dots of ink from a Belgian cartoonist’s pen can express more wit and artistry than £82 million of the best 3D special effects Hollywood can conjure.”

While Collin goes on to say that it’s a perfectly decent film that is comparable to most Pixar offerings, big Tintin fans will take issue with the mish-mash of books. Rather than go for The Secret of the Unicorn with it’s follow up, Red Rackham’s Treasure, Spielberg and Jackson have mixed the Unicorn with The Crab with the Golden Claws and only a dash of Red Rackham.

It’s the motion capture which has riled Colin up the most. He states that even with the advanced technology, veterans of the screen including Daniel Craig and Simon Pegg can’t give a good enough performance. What’s more, Tintin, played by Jamie Bell “…look[s] about as conscious as a bollard with a quiff.” You can read the entire review here.

OK, that’s not so good. But we are still going to watch it the moment it hits cinemas on December 22. However, if you’re a Tintin fan looking for a bit of a cheer up after that lashing, check out this fan video which incorporates all of the Tintin books in one title sequence. Pretty damn brilliant if you ask us.

The Adventures of Tintin from James Curran on Vimeo.

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