Monday, October 19, 2020

The Secret of the Unicorn

Tintin is a childhood staple, and a favorite for generations to come. It is for kids and adults, and it is the one of the most exciting adventures you'll ever read. This lanky, young Belgian reporter and his equally enthusiastic white Wire Fox Terrier give you the best time of your life. Thoughts of such legendary characters being converted to an on-screen look usually is kind of scary. But, it's Steven Spielberg, and what you see on screen is a visual treat that doesn't really do bad at all at matching the fame of the original by HergĂ©. 

The Secret of the Unicorn is one of the best of the entire Tintin series. Tintin buys an antique ship(which he later discovers to be known as the Unicorn) model to present to Captain Haddock, only to be pursued by three different sets of people who want him to sell it to them. But when Tintin refuses to sell it, he finds it stolen when he comes back to his place one day. But a scroll that falls out of the mast which Snowy had broken earlier, reveals a puzzle to them. There's the enemy, there's the prize, and there's the puzzle- all you get to see is a phenomenal plot and action that leads up to the young investigator sorting things out plain and proper. 

This book brings some of Tintin's best game ever. Tintin is on top of the world, and so is the plot of this unputdownable adventure. And, that is probably why this was chosen to be made into a movie by Spielberg. The only problem with it is the differences it has from the original book- especially when it comes to the villains. Sakharine is made the main villain, and the Bird Brothers barely exist in the movie. While in the book, the Bird Brothers are the main villains. While the plot line has been retained about the ship and the puzzles, the change in the villain does lead to major differences in the story with respect to the backgrounds and scenes with the antagonists. 

However, even with all the differences, it has to said that the movie stayed true to the spirit of Tintin. The character was as intelligent, kick ass and smart as our favourite comic hero, and you actually end up liking the movie. Tintin is definitely a character who is involved in stories that can be visual. The movie has some amazing action sequences, and I definitely did not regret watching it even one bit. It draws heavily not jusr from The Secret of the Unicorn, but also from  The Crab with the Golden Claws and Red Rackham's Treasure.

The movie is great even with all its differences. One reason for that could be that it's Spielberg! I read somewhere that HergĂ© and Spielberg were great fan of each other. The adaptation is beautiful, fun, and as good as a Tintin book to me. It feels great not to be disappointed when a book gets viewed on the big screen. 

Which is your favourite Tintin book? Did you like the movie? Share in the comments below!

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