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Looks great - where's the plot?

REVIEW The Adventures of Tintin - The Secret of the Unicorn 3D (PG) WRITING under the pen name of Herg, it's 82 years since the world was introduced to Les Aventures de Tintin created by Belgian artist Georges Rmi (1907-1983).

Today, the young journalist with a sidekick dog called Snowy, is at the heart of one of the most hi-tech movies ever made.

Steven Spielberg's first 'motion capture' blockbuster has spared no expense when it comes to putting all-action, crowd-pleasing thrills and spills on to the big screen.

But has the movie maestro used a sledgehammer to crack the proverbial nut? After a strong opening establishes the relationship between the boy and dog, there is surprisingly little heart to the film.

It becomes one repetitive set piece after another as studio rides, video games and cinema collide into a spectacular new world.

But the all-new Giant Screen Cinema at Millennium Point is the perfect place to see the stunning visual effects in what is Comic capers: Tintin and Captain Haddock in a scene from Stephen Spielberg's new film.

technically the best use of 3D since James Cameron's Avatar.

Yet the use of motion capture technology also robs the actors of their identity.

If you don't know who is playing which character, then all-star British cast of Daniel Craig, Andy Serkis, Jamie Bell, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost could actually be interchangeable. VERDICT: GRAHAM YOUNG There will be a longer review of Tintin in Friday's Birmingham Mail. For more details of the new cinema and to book tickets, visit: www. giantscreencinema.co.uk or call 0121 202 2222. The old IMAX price structure for 3D feature films has been retained: pounds 10.60 for adults, pounds 8.60 (children three-15 and concs), family of four (2+2), pounds 36.40. Premium seats right at the back, pounds 2.40 extra per seat. Prices may vary at other non-3D screenings according to length and content.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Oct 25, 2011
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