The character of Tintin was lovingly rendered, but the movie was so long and unexciting it was a
great disappointment. CG really was the villain here. The characters were not "real" enough to inspire the tension and suspense of live action, and they were not "cartoony" enough to generate a convincing fantasy world. The best animated sequence in the entire film was the opening credits. The credits were graphically truer to the real Tintin, and far more creative and engaging than the film itself.
What begins as a seemingly well-intentioned examination of the negative effects of father
abandonment quickly degenerates into an oddly pro-violence victim's tale. This descent is hastened by repeated pronouncements from a creepy psychologist of questionable repute -- the film's central authority -- who concludes by expressing his hope that a return to patriarchal religion will establish once and for all that God is male. This long film includes the story of a boxer -- whose life was broken by violence and despair -- who sends his own son into the ring to fight. In the film this is framed as a positive event because it demonstrates an engaged "father-son relationship." To the contrary, this episode sadly portrays the perpetuation of a pattern of self-inflicted violence and a son's heartbreaking quest for his father's love and approval. A very confused and sometimes offensive film.
Saw it last night. What some reviews don't mention -- and what you really need to know -- is that a
very large portion of this movie is an animated cartoon -- literally, a cartoon with cartoon figures and action which presumably somehow illuminates the poetry of Allen Ginsberg. It's painful and embarrassing to watch. It was a shock to see that, and to see the entire context of Ginsberg's life reduced to recreating some scenes out of old photographs and a very stagey poetry reading. A missed opportunity for what could have been a great film.
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