I watched TinTin last night, or at least the first half before fatigue kicked in and I gave up. It’s a big game-changer I think. Some first impressions….
I’ll start with the bad. KEEP THE CAMERA STILL! Seriously, there are almost 0% shots that don’t have some sweeping, arcing, swivelling, pivoting or keening. It’s like the camera is attached to the action on a rubber band. The only explanation I can think of for this *frankly ridiculous* behaviour (harumph!, Miss Piggy sound) is that it’s all in the name of stereoscopic effects. That sucks though - the default mode of watching films is not in 3D, btw in case you hadn’t realised btw etc guys. So your film is gonna look pretty freaking boingy if your camera’s behaviour is driven mainly based on pushing things into your viewers face. And those things are all so bright and clear and detailed, my gosh! Please stop punching my eyes, Mr. Screen!
Cinematography has had a bit of a blow to the head with the advent of nu-3D. It might take a little while before it remembers who it was again. So that’s the downside - storytelling isn’t a priority at all in this film, it all about the action and the visuals.
On the flipside, the animation was amazing - literally some of the best animation I’ve ever seen. The motion capture technology has fed complex, nuanced, natural human movement directly into highly expressive beautifully rendered 3D illustrations. There’s a few moments in the film where motion capture has brought the best of live action to the best of animation. I’m thinking especially of a scene where a character gets shot and crumples to the floor. The complexity is simply beyond what an animator could accomplish with manual keyframes. Good work Andy Serkis, who I presume played every non-TinTin role in the film. I mean, srsly, this Andy Serkis schtick is getting too much. Tonight, Ladies and Gentlemen, Andy Serkis stars as your dog! And the bench you’re sitting on! And as the wind through your hair! And your hair too! And the Moon!
YOU ARE BEING PLAYED RIGHT NOW BY ANDY SERKIS.