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The Adventurs of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

The Adventurs of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)

Directed by Steven Spielberg

Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on an adventure to find the long lost sunken treasure that belonged to Haddocks ancestors.

I have never been a massive fan of Tintin but when seeing that Steven Moffat, Joe Cornish and Edgar Wright have combined on the screenplay I had to see it. Unfortunately I felt a bit let down by the story itself. I didn’t feel that much happened and at time just came across boring. The visual effects were stunning and possible the best I have ever seen. The duo of Thomson and Thomson, voiced by Pegg and Frost, had very little screen time and came across more annoying than funny. After doing some reading there are plenty of Easter eggs in the film relating too many of the Tintin stories however unless you were a fan you would not notice them.

 

Recommend

The film felt like one big set up for possible sequels in a long standing Tintin series which will hopefully have better stories to them. I thought the film looked amazing and I’m glad I saw it, however as a whole it wasn’t that good of a film. Have some spare time with nothing else to watch then watch this but don’t expect to be blown away.

TheFriedGold rating – 2/5

 

 

Film Fact

The painter at the beginning bears the likeness of Hergé, creator of the ‘Tintin’ comics. Furthermore, he draws Tintin’s portrait in Herge’s style. Using Hergé’s likeness is an homage to the artist’s own private joke of incorporating the likenesses of friends and family in his Tintin works.

 

 

Man on a Ledge (2012)

Man on a Ledge (2012)

Directed by Asger Leth

Starring Sam Worthington, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell

 

Sam Worthington plays an ex-con who is a man on a ledge trying to prove that he is an innocent man while trying to be talked out of it by police psychologist Elizabeth Banks. However at the same time a robbery of a diamond is taking place.

The film mostly takes place on this ledge where Sam Worthington is threatening to jump from while flicking between his back story and the diamond heist that is happening. The trailer to the film does give you quite a bit of information as to the actual story line but still leaves enough for you to enjoy. Some of the shots on the ledge when he looks over might be a bit worrying for viewers with vertigo, although not as much as if you have seen Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol. The film story keeps you going while at the same time not really needing too much thought into it, call it a popcorn flick but with a bit less action.

An honourable mention to Elizabeth Banks and Genesis Rodriguez who both look amazing in the film for the male viewer.

I would recommend this film to anyone who wants an easy to watch thriller. I thoroughly enjoyed it but perhaps it is not needed to see at the cinema though if you want to save the pennies.

 

Film Fact

 

Elizabeth Banks can next be seen in film adaptation of the book The Hunger Games playing Effie Trinket. The film is released on 23rd March