FILM REVIEW: Blistering barnacles! Tintin is a hit

Undated Film Still Handout from The Adventures of Tintin. Pictured: (l-r) Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and Tintin (Jamie Bell). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.
Undated Film Still Handout from The Adventures of Tintin. Pictured: (l-r) Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and Tintin (Jamie Bell). See PA Feature FILM Film Reviews. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Paramount Pictures UK. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature FILM Film Reviews.

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn 3D (PG)

TINTIN (Jamie Bell) buys a model ship and is plunged into a centuries-old mystery involving Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig).

Ivan asks Tintin to name his price for the boat but the reporter refuses to sell, sensing the wooden vessel is far more valuable than it first appears.

Sure enough, a cryptic conundrum lies within, revealing that “only a true Haddock will discover the secret of The Unicorn.”

Assisted by trusty pooch Snowy, Tintin searches for more clues, meeting booze-sodden Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis), whose family history holds the key to the mystery of a cursed shipwreck.

Written and drawn by Belgian artist Georges Remi under the pen name Herge, Tintin first sprang to life on the page in 1929 in the gung-ho adventure Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets.

Now, thanks to Oscar-winning film-makers Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson, the iconic character enters the 21st century using state-of-the-art motion capture, which translates actors’ movements into the performances of incredibly detailed digital characters.

Spielberg directs and it’s a breathlessly entertaining romp, littered with eye-popping action. Blistering barnacles!

Rating: Four stars