I began reading the Tintin comics when I was probably about 9 years old – my elder brother used to buy them second-hand from a local bookshop in Nairobi – I’ve read every one and still own 3 I think.
When I first heard about Steven Spielberg doing the 3D version of the first of the comics, that too with a start studded VoiceOver cast, I have to admit I wasn’t thrilled. None of the 3D movies I’ve watched, bar Avatar, wowed me enough to think that all 3D movies were worth watching.
The other issue I had about this was just a subjective one; I love the comics so much that I just couldn’t see Hollywood keeping true to the ‘specialness’ of the pulp version. So when the movie first released in the UK in 2011 I didn’t watch it.
However, it came to KidsAM at Vue cinemas this weekend and my 5 year old wanted to watch it so off we went. Well, I was pleasantly surprised – although I feel that specialness wasn’t captured on screen the movie is still very good and highly enjoyable. I find myself awaiting the sequels.