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The Adventures of Tintin (2011)
"The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" (2011). For a motion capture film, this is a really good attempt!
Young optimist and detailed reporter TinTin (Jamie Bell) comes across a model ship named the Unicorn in a small market at the center of the town. Supposedly, this ship was commanded by Sir Francis Haddock, was carrying a secret cargo and was lost at sea following a battle against a band of pirates headed by Red Rackam. Centuries later, TinTin discovers a clue inside the model ship that he purchases that could lead to the finding of the treasure of all treasures! However, little to his knowledge, there are three model ships of the Unicorn, with each of them containing a piece of the clue that leads to the treasure, and Red Rackham's ancestor known as Sakharine (Daniel Craig) is also in search of the discovery as well. Coming to realize that Sakharine is indeed a villain and will do whatever it takes to find the treasure first, TinTin and his faithful dog Snowy seek the help of the last remaining ancestor of Sir Francis Haddock known as Captain Archibald Haddock (Andy Serkis), and together, all three of them must race against time, overwhelming odds and many foes in order to seek out and claim the bountiful treasure that belonged to none other than Sir Francis Haddock himself!
Based upon the famous children's series from Herge by the same name, "The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" is a 2011 motion capture film that is directed by Steven Spielberg (War Horse), produced by Kathleen Kennedy (Jurassic Park) and Peter Jackson (King Kong, 2005) and has a movie soundtrack by composer John Williams (Catch Me If You Can). The film stars Jamie Bell (Breakdown), Andy Serkis (13 Going On 30), Daniel Craig (Casino Royale, 2006), Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead) and Simon Pegg (Star Trek, 2009). "The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" was released through Paramount Pictures, Amblin Entertainment, Columbia Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies. "The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" (2011), for a motion capture film, is a really good attempt! Here is my official movie review.
First of all, although I thought the stories were interesting, I am not a fan of the two motion capture films that Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) helmed; including "The Polar Express in 3D!" (2004) and "A Christmas Carol in 3D!" (2009). However, I feel that director Steven Spielberg did a great job with "The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" (2011). The motion capture sequences of the film were extraordinary, and the detail was breathtaking as well! The background music was decently placed, and there was a good mixture of both a story and character development to boot. Even for an Animated film, this movie really pulls you in and holds your interest quite well. The voice-over acting performances by the main leads, and the supporting roles as well, were quite entertaining if I do say so myself.
However, I do feel that Steven Spielberg could have done with less comical scenes throughout the movie; including a scene involving one of the characters spinning round and round by means of a propeller, and also a scene where a hotel building literally slides down the road in a small town, carrying two men inside. In my opinion, the other flaw of this movie is that the running time could have been a little bit longer. I understand that this movie was designed with a children's audience in mind, but the general public and film critics alike could have used a slightly longer and more explained movie at times as well. With these minor flaws in mind, "The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" (2011) was an enjoyable and thrill-seeking adventure that definitely held my interest throughout the entire picture! This film is intended for a children's audience, yes, but teenagers and adults could and will enjoy this project as well. Overall, congratulations to the cast and crew of "The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" (2011).
"The Adventures of TinTin in 3D!" (2011): Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Sonje Fortag, Toby Jones and Daniel Mays.
8 out of 10 star rating.
Piranha 3D (2010)
"Piranha 3D" (2010). This is one of my favorite Horror / Comedy films!
An underwater earthquake opens up a large subterranean lake / cavern system beneath the surface of Lake Victoria, Arizona during Spring Break; unleashing a massive swarm of deadly prehistoric Piranha! In order to prevent the mutilation of thousands of innocent but reckless college students, Sheriff Julie Forrester (Elizabeth Shue), Deputy Fallon (Ving Rhames) and the local police department team up with both Marine Biologist Novak Radzinsky (Adam Scott) and fish emporium owner Carl Goodman (Christopher Lloyd) in order to destroy the flesh-eating and merciless Piranha that will viciously attack at the first hint of blood. However, realizing that they are too late and the Piranha have begun to attack all of the unsuspecting Spring Breakers, Sheriff Forrester discovers that her teenage son Jake (Steven R. McQueen), her two younger children Zane (Sage Ryan) and Laura (Brooklynn Proulx), a careless pornographer by the name of Derrick Jones (Jerry O' Connell), his cameraman Andrew "Drew" Cunningham (Paul Scheer), Jake's college love interest Kelly (Jessica Szohr) and Wild Wild Girls Danni (Kelly Brook) and Crystal (Riley Steele) are trapped on a sinking boat where the Piranha have begun to attack and terrorize them as well. Will Sheriff Forrester save her children and save the day? In order to find out, you must watch "Piranha 3D" (2010); which is one of my favorite Horror / Comedy films.
"Piranha 3D" is a 2010 Horror / Comedy film directed by Alexandre Aja (The Hills Have Eyes, 2006), is written for the screen by both Pete Goldfinger (Sorority Row, 2009) and Josh Stolberg (Sorority Row, 2009) and is released through Dimension Studios and the Weinstein Brothers (Halloween, 2007). With a running time of 88 minutes and a solid "R" rating by the Motion Picture Association of America, "Piranha 3D" (2010) is an indirect remake of the original, 1978 film by director Joe Dante (Gremlins); containing, in my opinion, an almost perfect blend of both Horror and Comedy. Alexandre Aja has managed to create a movie where the audience can both be scared and sometimes laugh at the exact same time; with somewhat over-the-top death scenes that both put a sly smile on your face and will make you cringe all the same. I enjoyed the fact that the creators behind this 2010 remake added both a small story and a blend of character development as well. I personally thought that the actors and actresses in this film delivered good performances overall, and the opening cameo appearance with Richard Dreyfuss (Poseidon, 2006) in his blast-from-the-past role as Matt Boyd from "Jaws" (1977) was quite entertaining. The main massacre scene halfway through the movie, where the college students are under attack by the Piranha, was wickedly gruesome and contained edge-of-your-seat sequences as well.
However, I did feel that this movie contained a few scenes of unnecessary nudity; specifically with the Wild Wild Girls performing an underwater shot for the camera. Another scene that, in my opinion, was unnecessary as far as the nudity was concerned, was when a girl is parasailing and is dragging her breasts in the water at the same time. With the exception of those scenes, I feel that Alexandre Aja and the cast and crew did a surprising and great job with "Piranha 3D"; making the project a perfect popcorn Summer flick for the college and adult atmosphere. In conclusion to this movie review, I felt as though the film's ending was quite creative and it definitely surprised me as well. Overall, I give "Piranha 3D" (2010) a 9 out of 10 star rating.
"Piranha 3D" (2010); Elizabeth Shue, Steven R. McQueen, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O' Connell, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Kelly Brook, Paul Scheer, Riley Steele, Sage Ryan, Brooklynn Proulx, Dina Meyer, Christopher Lloyd, Ricardo Chavira and Richard Dreyfuss.