Monday, 30 January 2012

Spirited Away Review








Spirited Away


Release Date: 12th December 2002 - Australia


Production Companies
Studio Ghibli
Nippon Television Network (NTV)
DENTSU Music and Entertainment
Tokuma Shoten
Buena Vista International (English Dub)
Tohokushinsha Film
Mitsubishi Commercial Affairs

Distribution
Madman Entertainment (all-media)


Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 125 minutes



Budget: Y1,900,000,000

Box Office Gross: $274,925,095
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Spirited Away tells the tale of
a 10-year old named Chihiro.
Moving to a new suburb with
her parents, they take a
shortcut and end up in a
strange town. When Chihiro's
parents eat some strange food
which turns them both into pigs,
she discovers the town is
populated with gods and
monsters and ruled by an evil
witch. With the help of a
mysterious boy, Haku, Chihiro
must find a way to break the
spell on her parents and help
the three of them escape.


Voice Cast (English Version)
Daveigh Chase - Chihiro Ogino
Jason Marsden - Haku
Suzanne Pleshette - Yubaba/Zeniba
David Ogden Stiers - Kamaji
Bob Bergen - No-Face
Susan Egan - Lin
Tara Strong - Boh
John Ratzenberger - Aniyaku
Michael Chiklis - Akio Ogino
Lauren Holly - Yuko Ogino

Crew
Writer/Director - Hayao Miyazaki
Director (English Version) - Kirk Wise
Adaptation: English Version - Cindy Davis
Hewitt & Donald H. Hewitt
Producers - Toshio Suzuki & Donald W.
Ernst (English Version)
Executive Producer: English Version - John
Lassester
Production Designer - Norobu Yoshida
Color Designer - Michiyo Yasuda
Cinematography - Atsushi Okui
Film Editors - Takeshi Seyama & Rich
Mackay (English Version)
Music - Joe Hisaishi


Awards

2003 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Hayao Miyazaki (Won)


Review
SPIRITED AWAY is a beautiful but really an artistically anime movie that is so far brilliant. I positively review the direction by Hayao Miyazaki who made it this film into a masterpiece that is so loved and well-acclaimed. I didn't know that the character of Chihiro sounded like the one out of LILO & STITCH (click here) which is because that it was voiced by Daveigh Chase out of the English version. For those who are interested in anime or loved Miyazaki's work, SPIRITED AWAY is not just the only one to win an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, but also the only 2D film to receive that award.

I can't say that I loved SPIRITED AWAY, but it is a great anime film for anyone who might want to comment on it.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Friday, 27 January 2012

84th Academy Awards (Updated)








84th Academy Awards


Broadcast Date - February 27th 2012 - Australia


Hey, this is Film Guru Lad here, I suppose you
have heard that the Academy Award nominees
have finally been announced, well, here it is


Best Picture

The Artist
The Descendants
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close
The Help
Hugo
Midnight in Paris
Moneyball
The Tree of Life
War Horse

Best Director

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants - Alexander Payne
Hugo - Martin Scorsese
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
The Tree of Life - Terrence Malick

Best Actor

Demian Bichir - A Better Life
George Clooney - The Descendants
Jean Dujardin - The Artist
Gary Oldman - Tinker Tailor Solider Spy
Brad Pitt - Moneyball

Best Supporting Actor

Kenneth Branagh - My Week with Marilyn
Jonah Hill - Moneyball
Nick Nolte - Warrior
Christopher Plummer - Beginners
Max von Sydow - Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Best Actress

Glenn Close - Albert Nobbs
Viola Davis - The Help
Rooney Mara - The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
Meryl Streep - The Iron Lady
Michelle Williams - My Week with Marilyn

Best Supporting Actress

Berenice Bejo - The Artist
Jessica Chastain - The Help
Melissa McCarthy - Bridesmaids
Janet McTeer - Albert Nobbs
Octavia Spencer - The Help

Best Animated Film

A Cat in Paris
Chico & Rita
Kung Fu Panda 2
Puss in Boots
Rango

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Descendants - Alexander Payne, Nat Faxon &
Jim Rash
Hugo - John Logan
The Idles of March - George Clooney, Grant Heslov
& Beau Willimon
Moneyball - Screenplay by Steven Zaillian & Aaron
Sorkin, Story by Stan Chervin
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy - Bridget O'Connor &
Peter Straughan

Best Original Screenplay

The Artist - Michel Hazanavicius
Bridesmaids - Annie Mumolo & Kristen Wiig
Margin Call - J.C. Chandor
Midnight in Paris - Woody Allen
A Separation - Asghar Farhadi

Art Direction

The Artist - Production Design: Laurence Bennett, Set
Decoration: Robert Gould
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 -
Production Design: Stuart Craig, Set Decoration: Stephenie
McMillan
Hugo - Production Design: Dante Ferretti, Set Decoration:
Francesca Lo Schiavo
Midnight in Paris - Production Design: Anne Seibel, Set
Decoration: Helene Dubreuil
War Horse - Production Design: Rick Carter, Set
Decoration: Lee Sandales

Cinematography

The Artist - Guillaume Schiffman
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Jeff Cronenweth
Hugo - Robert Richardson
The Tree of Life - Emmanuel Lebuzki
War Horse - Janusz Kaminski

Costume Design

Anonymous - Lisy Christl
The Artist - Mark Bridges
Hugo - Sandy Powell
Jane Eyre - Michael O'Connor
W.E. - Arianne Phillips

Best Documentary Feature

Hell and Back Again
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth
Liberation Front
Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory
Pina
Undefeated

Best Documentary Short

The Barber of Birmingham: Foot Solider of the Civil Rights Movement
God Is the Bigger Elvis
Incident in New Baghdad
Saving Face
The Tsunami and the Cherry Blossom

Best Film Editing

The Artist - Anne-Sophie Bion & Michel Hazanavicius
The Descendants - Kevin Tent
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Kirk Baxter & Angus Wall
Hugo - Thelma Schoonmaker
Moneyball - Christopher Tellefsen

Best Foreign Language Film

Bullhead - Belgium
Footnote - Israel
In Darkness - Poland
Monsieur Lazhar - Canada
A Separation - Iran

Best Make-up

Albert Nobbs - Martial Corneville, Lynn Johnston &
Matthew W. Mungle
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Nick Dudman,
Amanda Knight & Lisa Tomblin
The Iron Lady - Mark Coulier & J. Roy Helland

Best Original Score

The Adventures of Tintin - John Williams
The Artist - Ludovic Bource
Hugo - Howard Shore
Tinker Tailor Solider Spy - Alberto Iglesias
War Horse - John Williams

Best Original Song

"Man or Muppet" - The Muppets, Music & Lyric by Bret
McKenzie
"Real in Rio" - Rio, Music by Sergio Mendes & Carlinhos
Brown & Lyric by Siedah Garrett

Best Animated Short

Dimanche/Sunday - Patrick Doyon
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore -
William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg
La Luna - Enrico Casarosa
A Morning Stroll - Grant Orchard & Sue Goffe
Wild Life - Amanda Forbis & Wendy Tilby

Best Live Film

Pentecost - Peter McDonald & Eimear O'Kane
Raju - Max Zahle & Stefan Gieren
The Shore - Terry George & Oorlagh George
Time Freak - Andrew Bowler & Gigi Causey
Tuba Atlantic - Hallvar Witzo

Best Sound Editing

Drive - Lon Bender & Victor Ray Ennis
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Ren Klyce
Hugo - Phillip Stockton & Eugene Gearty
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Ethan Van der Ryan & Erik
Aadahl
War Horse - Richard Hymns & Gary Rydstrom

Best Sound Mixing

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - David Parker, Michael
Semanick, Ren Klyce & Bo Persson
Hugo - Tom Fleischman & John Midgley
Moneyball - Deb Adair, Ron Bochar, Dave Giammarco &
Ed Novick
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Greg P. Russell, Gary
Summers, Jeffrey J. Haboush & Peter J. Devlin
War Horse - Gary Rydstrom, Andy Nelson, Tom Johnson &
Stuart Wilson

Best Visual Effects

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - Tim Burke,
David Vickery, Greg Butler & John Richardson
Hugo - Rob Legato, Joss Williams, Ben Grossman & Alex
Henning
Real Steel - Erik Nash, John Rosengrant, Dan Taylor &
Swen Gillberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes - Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon R.
Christopher White & Daniel Barrett
Transformers: Dark of the Moon - Scott Farrar, Scott Benza,
Matthew Butler & John Fraizer

Academy Honorary Award

James Earl Jones
Dick Smith

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island Review










Journey 2: The Mysterious Island


Release Date: 19th January 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
New Line Cinema (presents)
Contrafilm
Walden Media

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Adventure

Rating: PG


Runtime: 94 minutes


Budget: $79,000,000

Box Office Gross: $335,260,290
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
The new journey begins
when young adventurer
Sean receives a coded
distress signal from a
mysterious island where
no island should exist-a
place of strange life forms,
mountains of gold, deadly
volcanoes and more than
one astonishing secret.
Unable to stop him from
going, Sean's new stepfather
joins the quest. Together
with a helicopter pilot and
his beautiful, strong-willed
daughter, they set out to
find the island, rescue its
lone inhabitant and escape
before seismic shock-waves
force the island under the
sea and bury its treasures
forever.


Cast
Dwayne Johnson - Hank Parsons
Josh Hutcherson - Sean Anderson
Vanessa Hudgens - Kailani
Michael Caine - Alexander Anderson
Luis Guzman - Gabato
Kristin Davis - Elizabeth Anderson

Crew
Director - Brad Peyton
Based on Novel "The Mysterious Island" -
Jules Verne
Story - Richard Outten
Story/Screenplay - Brian & Mark Gunn
Producers - Beau Flynn, Charlotte Huggins &
Tripp Vinson
Co-Producer - Dwayne Johnson
Production Designer - Bill Boes
Costume Designer - Denise Wingate
Director of Photography - David Tattersall
Visual Effects Supervisors - Nick Pill &
Boyd Shermis
Visual Effects Supervisor: MPC - Erik Nordby
Film Editor - David Rennie
Music - Andrew Lockington


Review
JOURNEY 2: THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND was funny but sort of scary and continues where the last movie left off. Like the original, this one is based on Jules Verne's Mysterious Island and is unrelated to the book that was adapted into its predecessor. Its such a shame that none of the original cast members including Brendan Fraser and Anita Briem did not return to the sequel, only Josh Hutcherson from the original cast came back. Instead we have Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson who is really a good substitute for Fraser's character especially when he has a good singing voice and even the other newly added cast members Vanessa Hudgens and Michael Caine.

To be fair, JOURNEY 2 was a really good, exciting movie and the 3D aspect is really the icing on the cake. I expect everyone who has read the Jules Verne novels to go and see this movie.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Australia Day



Australia Day


G'day, mates, this is Film Guru Lad here! Today
is Australia Day, you might like to check out
of my reviews that are made or filmed in
Australia such as 'Crocodile Dundee',
'Happy Feet', 'The Matrix' and
'Kangaroo Jack'.


Monday, 23 January 2012

Battlefield Earth Review (Updated)










Battlefield Earth


Release Date: 28th September 2000 - Australia


Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures (presents)
Morgan Creek Productions (in association
with)
Franchise Pictures (in association with)
JTP Films
Battlefield Productions

Distribution
Roadshow Distribution


Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: M

Runtime: 118 minutes
               119 minutes (DVD)


Budget: $75,000,000
              (Declared)
             $44,000,000 (Actual)

Box Office Gross: $29,725,663
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
In the year 3000, man is no
match for the Psychlos, a
manipulative race of aliens
on a quest for global
domination. Led by the
seductive and powerful Terl,
the Psychlos have taken
all natural resources for
themselves and left mankind
behind to rot. It is after
humanity has given up the
fight against this alien race
that a young man named Tyler
decides to leave his desolate
home high in the Rocky
Mountains and take a final,
courageous stand.


Cast
Barry Pepper - Jonnie Goodboy Tyler
John Travolta - Terl
Forest Whitaker - Ker
Kim Coates - Carlo
Sabine Karsenti - Chrissy
Christian Tessier - Mickey
Sylvain Landry - Sammy
Richard Tyson - Robert the Fox
Kelly Preston - Chirk

Crew
Director - Roger Christian
Based on Novel "Battlefield
Earth" - L. Ron Hubbard
Screenplay - Corey Mandell &
J.D. Shapiro
Producers - Jonathan D. Krane,
Elie Samaha & John Travolta
Production/Costume/Creature Designer -
Patrick Tatopoulos
Prosthetic Makeup Supervisor - Jake Garber
Special Makeup Effects - C.J. Goldman
Director of Photography - Giles Nuttgens
Visual Effects Supervisor - Erik Henry
Film Editor - Robin Russell
Music - Elia Cmiral


Review
BATTLEFIELD EARTH is nothing, but a horrible and silly mess of a science-fiction film that is even worse than I expected. I criticise most of the things in the movie such as of course those corny lines such as "Rat-brain" and "While you are still learning how to spell your name, I was being trained to conquer galaxies!" and even the terrible acting by John Travolta. It has cool Dutch-camera angles which is when the director tilts the camera about 20 degrees either to the left or right which gives a real innovative bizarre but interesting look which I feel is ideal for a sci-fi movie such as this one. But not too much in this one which gives viewers a slight of some dizziness and headaches.

To me and the other critics, BATTLEFIELD EARTH is the most dumbest and my least favourite sci-fi film I ever reviewed. It could have been improved as an ordinary sci-fi film instead being an unsuccessful sci-fi/comedy which to me failed to bring humour to the screen or in any way entertain viewers with hardcore action like the STAR WARS series or THE MATRIX (click here). Definitely not the best work from Johnny T.

Star rating: (1/5) Not Worth Watching


Thursday, 19 January 2012

The Muppets Review (Updated)








The Muppets


Release Date: 12th January 2012 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Mandeville Films (uncredited)
The Muppets Studio

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia


Genre: Family/Musical

Rating: G

Runtime: 110 minutes


Budget: $45,000,000

Box Office Gross: $158,431,237
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
With the help of three fans,
the Muppets must reunite
in order to save their studio
from a greedy old tycoon.



Cast

Humans
Jason Segel - Gary
Amy Adams - Mary
Chris Cooper - Tex Richman
Rashida Jones - Veronica Martin
Alan Arkin - Tour Guide
Bill Cobbs - Grandfather
Zach Galifianakis - Hobo Joe
Ken Jeong - 'Punch Teacher' Host
Jim Parsons - Human Walter

Muppet Performers
Steve Whitmire - Kermit/
Various
Eric Jacobson - Miss Piggy/
Fozzie Bear/Animal/Various
Dave Goelz - Gonzo/Various
Bill Barretta - Swedish Chef/
Various
David Rudman - Scooter/
Various
Matt Vogel - Sgt. Floyd Pepper/Various
Peter Jinz - Walter

Cameo Guest Stars
Jack Black - Himself (Uncredited)
Kristen Schaal - Moderator
Emily Blunt - Miss Piggy's
Receptionist
Whoopi Goldberg - Herself
Selena Gomez - Herself
David Grohl - Animool
Neil Patrick Harris - Himself
Judd Hirsch - Himself
Rico Rodriguez - Himself
Mickey Rooney - Smalltown
Resident

Crew
Director - James Bobin
Based on Characters -
Jim Henson
Writer/Executive Producer -
Jason Segel
Writer - Nicholas Stoller
Associate Producer/Puppet
Captain - Bill Barretta
Producers - David Hoberman &
Todd Lieberman
Puppet Designer/Builder - Puppet Heap
Cinematography - Don Burgess
Choreographer - Michael Rooney
Visual Effects Supervisor & Producer -
Janet Muswell Hamilton
Film Editor - James M. Thomas
Songs & Lyrics - Bret McKenzie
Music - Christophe Beck


Awards

2012 Academy Awards
Best Original Song "Man or Muppet" - Bret
McKenzie (Won)


Review
Thanks to director James Bodin and writer/actor/executive producer Jason Segel, THE MUPPETS brought back Jim Henson's most famous creations to the big screen and their return to the big screen since 1999. Entirely disrespectful how TWILIGHT came here before THE MUPPETS and beat the flick when it made more money at the box office. I found the songs so splendid as well as the colourful stuff that proudly keeps a cheer. Even Jack Black who then is featured as their guest star and I felt sorry for what happened to him during the third half of the film's entirety. I also positively review the cameos of Whoppi Goldberg, Selena Gomez, Neil Patrick Harris and other new and old cameo guest stars. One last star that is among the celebrities, I haven't even recognised him yet until now. Jim Parsons from THE BIG BANG THEORY is in one of the film's highlighted musical numbers and I for one find that an interesting surprise he landed as another of those larger cameos.

I originally thought that MUPPETS FROM SPACE was my all-time best of the Muppet flicks since it focuses on my favourite muppet Gonzo. My guess is that honour goes to the recent movie which is why it doesn't need any of the Sesame Street characters to appear as cameos. I really felt that THE MUPPETS is worth watching for me, plus it's unforgettable.

For any of the Muppet fans, it's a really bright chance to see all those Muppet characters again such as Kermit, Gonzo, Animal, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and others and this movie is really fantastic or as I call it muppet-tastic!

Star rating: (5/5) Best Movie Ever




Monday, 16 January 2012

Finding Nemo Review (Updated)











Finding Nemo


Release Date: 28th August 2003 - Australia


Production Companies
Walt Disney Pictures (presents)
Pixar Animation Studios

Distribution
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: G

Runtime: 100 minutes


Budget: $94,000,000

Box Office Gross: $940,335,536
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Nemo, an adventurous young
clown-fish, is unexpectedly 
taken to a dentist's office
aquarium. It's up to Marlin
his worrisome father, and 
Dory, a friendly but forgetful
regal blue tang fish, to make
the epic journey to bring
Nemo home. Their adventure
brings them face-to-face with
vegetarian sharks, surfer dude
turtles, hypnotic jellyfish,
hungry seagulls and more.

Marlin discovers a bravery he
never knew, but will he be able
to find his son?.


Voice Cast
Albert Brooks - Marlin
Ellen DeGeneres - Dory
Alexander Gould - Nemo
Willem Dafoe - Gill
Brad Garrett - Bloat
Allison Janney - Peach
Austin Pendleton - Gurgle
Stephen Root - Bubbles
Vicki Lewis - Deb/Flo
Joe Ranft - Jacques
Geoffrey Rush - Nigel
John Ratzenberger - School of Moonfish
Andrew Stanton - Crush
Elizabeth Perkins - Coral
Nicholas Bird - Squirt
Barry Humphries - Bruce
Eric Bana - Anchor
Bruce Spence - Chum
Bill Hunter - Dentist
LuLu Ebeling - Darla

Crew
Story/Screenplay/Director -
Andrew Stanton
Supervising Editor/Co-Director -
Lee Unkrich
Screenplay - Bob Peterson &
David Reynolds
Story Supervisor - Ronaldo Del Carmen
Executive Producer - John Lasseter
Producer - Graham Walters
Production Designer - Ralph Eggleston
Directors of Photography - Sharon
Calahan & Jeremy Lasky
Directing Animators - Alan Barillaro &
Mark A. Walsh
Film Editor - David Ian Salter
Music - Thomas Newman


Awards

2004 Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature - Andrew Stanton (Won)
-------------------------
Best Writing, Original Screenplay - Andrew Stanton,
Bob Peterson & David Reynolds (Nominated)
Best Music, Original Score - Thomas Newman (Nominated)
Best Sound Editing - Gary Rydstrom &
Michael Silvers (Nominated)


Review
FINDING NEMO has great humour, but it has terrific character development and a story-line for an underwater feature like NEMO. The movie's voice acting was mostly done by well-known Australian actors such as Barry Humphries aka Dame Edna Everage, the now late Bill Hunter, Eric Bana and Geoffrey Rush. One thing I forgot to praise is Ellen DeGeneres' hilariously vocal performance as the forgetful blue tang known as Dory. FINDING NEMO is truly a near-breathtaking but great CGI film that is likely PIXAR's finest for young children and animation loving movie-goers.

Oh, did I forgot to mention that FINDING NEMO is now re-released on 3D which should be good for those who have or have not watched the 2D classic that they have enjoyed.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Monday, 9 January 2012

Crocodile Dundee Review (Updated)










'Crocodile' Dundee


Release Date: 24th April 1986 - Australia


Production Companies
Rimfire Films (presents)

Distribution
20th Century Fox Australia


Genre: Comedy

Rating: M

Runtime: 104 minutes (Australia)


Budget: $11,500,000 (AUD)

Box Office Gross: $47,707,045
(Australia)


Plot Summary
New York reporter Sue
travels to Australia to
meet and interview
Michael J. "Crocodile"
Dundee, a man who runs
a safari business and has
just survived an attack by
a crocodile. After spending
a few days touring the safari
park, Sue invites Mick to
come back with her to visit
New York. How would the
clash of cultures and different
life style affect the Aussie
bushman? How do things
turn out when Sue falls for
his charms?


Cast
Paul Hogan - Michael J. "Crocodile"
Dundee
Linda Kozlowski - Sue Charlton
John Meillon - Walter Reilly
David Gulpilil - Neville Bell
Reginald VelJohnson - Gus
Steve Rackman - Donk
Gerry Skilton - Nugget
Terry Gill - Duffy
Peter Turnbull - Trevor
Christine Totos - Rosita
Graham 'Grace' Walker - Angelo
Mark Blum - Richard Mason
Michael Lombard - Sam Charlton
Caitlin Clarke - Simone

Crew
Director - Peter Faiman
Story/Screenplay/Script Editor: Australia -
Paul Hogan
Screenplay/Script Editor: Australia/
Producer - John Cornell
Screenplay - Ken Shadie
Director of Photography - Russell Boyd
Film Editor - David Stiven
Music - Peter Best


Awards

1987 Academy Awards
Best Writing, Original Screenplay - Paul Hogan,
Ken Shadie & John Cornell (Nominated)


Review
'CROCODILE' DUNDEE is truly a great comedy film about a crocodile hunter who goes from the Australian Outback to the big city of New York. Paul Hogan did a fabulous job of playing the title character that made him look recognisable but without Hogan there would be no Crocodile Dundee. The funniest and famous part of the movie which I like is the scene where Dundee is being threatened by a mugger with a small knife and starts saying "That's not a knife" then pulls out his large knife and finishes his sentence "That's a knife".

One of Australia's beloved comedy features that I ever watched, 'CROCODILE' DUNDEE is a must-see classic for those who enjoyed watching Paul Hogan's films and enjoyed Aussie movies. Please stay tuned for the next movie I'm gonna review FINDING NEMO.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie


Thursday, 5 January 2012

The Adventures of Tintin Review









The Adventures of Tintin


Release Date: 26th December 2011 - Australia


Production Companies
Columbia Pictures (presents)
Paramount Pictures (presents)
Amblin Entertainment
WingNut Films
The Kennedy/Marshall Company
Hemisphere Media Capital
Nickelodeon Movies

Distribution
Paramount Pictures Australia


Genre: Animation

Rating: PG

Runtime: 107 minutes


Budget: $130,000,000

Box Office Gross: $347,730,000
(Worldwide)


Plot Summary
Based on the internationally
beloved and irrepressible
characters created by Herge,
the story follows the
unquenchably curious young
reporter Tintin and his fiercely
loyal dog Snowy as they
discover a model ship
carrying an explosive secret.

Drawn into a centuries-old
mystery, Tintin finds himself
in the sight-lines of Ivan
Ivanovitch Sakharine, a
diabolical villain who believes
Tintin has stolen a priceless
treasure tied to dastardly pirate
named Red Rackham. But with
the help of his dog Snowy,
the salty, cantankerous
Captain Haddock and the
bumbling detectives Thomson
and Thompson, Tintin will
travel half the world, outwitting
and outrunning his enemies
in a breathless chase to find
the final resting place of The
Unicorn, a shipwreck that
may hold the key to vast
fortune... and a ancient curse.


Cast
Jamie Bell - Tintin
Andy Serkis - Captain
Haddock/Sir Francis
Haddock
Daniel Craig - Ivan Ivanovitch
Sakharine/Red Rackham
Simon Pegg - Thomson
Nick Frost - Thompson

Crew
Producer/Director - Steven
Spielberg
Based on "The Adventures of Tintin" - Herge
Screenplay - Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright
& Joe Cornish
Producers - Peter Jackson & Kathleen Kennedy
Senior Conceptual Designer: Weta Workshop -
Chris Guise
Design Supervisor: Weta Workshop - Richard Taylor
Visual Effects Supervisors: Weta Digital - Matt
Aitken, Scott E. Anderson, Joe Letteri,
Matthias Menz & Keith Miller
Virtual Production Technology Consultant - Glenn Derry
Choreographer/Motion Capture Performer/Movement
Coach - Terry Notary
Film Editor - Michael Kahn
Music - John Williams


Review
The movie THE ADVENTURES OF TINTIN is based on the classic comic book stories of a young journalist and a resourceful dog. It is fantastic in 3D, but brilliant in motion-capture animation that is done by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson who have collaborated together to adapt the series of Tintin into a movie franchise. Andy Serkis did a good job of performing Captain Haddock, but I couldn't tell that the villain was played by Daniel Craig. There are some scenes that might frighten young children and a big fight scene which is not with guns nor with dueling swords, you'll have to watch the movie to see what it really is.

The film is absolutely hilarious and really terrific for anyone who has read the books of Tintin or enjoys a good mystery movie should watch this feature adaptation by Spielberg and Jackson.

Star rating: (4/5) Good Movie