I just came back from watching The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn and I am happy to report that the movie did not disappoint! Those of you who are fans of the graphic novels and the TV show probably know the plot already but one of the greatest thing about watching the movie in 3-D (yes, I watched it in 3-D even though I despise the medium) is seeing how fantastically they’ve rendered the texture. It’s beautifully achieved — the hair, the fabrics, the dust, the water, the wood paneling, etc… are all so incredibly detailed and realistic.
Evidently, this film is made with 3-D effects in mind because the visually, the focus is just right. It’s always obvious when the effects are added in as an afterthought because: the depth perception would be completely off (too sharp in the foreground and so blurry in the background that nothing can be seen); there aren’t enough frames in between to optimize the effects when it comes to action shots so it’s not as smooth as it should be; and all the details get lost because the “camera” is moving so quickly yet everything is pop-ed up and highly pigmented that your center gets thrown off because your eyes don’t know where to focus. With this movie however, I didn’t feel any of that. Graphically, the only thing that’s lacking is the texture for skin but since Tintin a cartoon character to begin with, it doesn’t bother me that much.
In short, it’s worth the extra $3 to see this movie in 3-D even though I did spend a fair amount of time trying to adjust the 3-D glasses on top of my own. The film is action packed, gripping, hilarious, and a great reminder to why I fell in love with “the adventures of Tintin” in the first place.