The comic book series, The Adventures of Tintin has been an absolutely integral part of my life. I've read each book many times over as well as biographies and history of Herge', the series creator. The books are, in my opinion, awesome.
Its been many years in the making, but now there is a big budget Tintin movie released in the United States (directed by Steven Spielberg no less). Aptly titled The Adventures of Tintin, the movie claims to be based on the book Secret of the Unicorn, but it borrows heavily from The Crab with the Golden Claw as well. The dialogue sticks out as being a bit corny but the story itself is well written as it nicely mixes content from the books with some new scenes for the movie. This helps the movie stand on its own without feeling like a straight retelling of the book.
The Secret of the Unicorn was finished in 1943 and a lot has changed since then. Audiences are jaded so an epic sea battle, flying a plane through a storm, and tracking pirate gold doesn't can't quite carry a film like it did the books. Even if the content of the movie doesn't completely stand out, the animation does.
The Adventures of Tintin is done with a motion capture animation that is nothing short of phenomenal. The characters simultaneously look animated and real and it captures the Herge animation style without being derivate. The animation is the reason to see The Adventures of Tintin. As a side not, I saw the movie in 2D and 3D. 3D does pretty much nothing aside from cost more and make you wear irritating glasses.
For fans of the Tintin brand, the movie satisfies and is pretty much all I could ask for in a Tintin movie. If you like animated movies with some frantic and slapstick action (think Pirates of the Caribbean), the movie fits that bill well. The movie succeeds as a fun, animated film and does justice to Tintin, which is enough for me.