A lengthy trailer for The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn has finally been released that actually shows faces and things.
As you may recall, this film is a collaboration between Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson and has been fashioned using mocap technology — and will be presented in 3D. It stars Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis and so on.
PLUSSES: Obviously a very smart lietrate script by Steve Moffat (Doctor Who), Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim) and Joe Cornish (many smart British things.) It’s not too often you watch a trailer for an action movie and think “Wow, that is a well written script!”
MINUSES: Jeepers did they shoot this in some kind of overcranked mode? It is so ssslllloooowwww. Everyone moves in poetic Malick-cam motion.
This Zemeckis-driven mocap tech has yet to find a single fan who says “Yeah! THat’s how I want my movies to look!” Yes, it worked for VIDEO GAMES where you CONTROL the action and your psychological interaction is very different. But for passive viewing, it still strikes me with a weird Uncanny Valley unease. If Spielberg and Jackson were going for some kind of remove from the material — an approach not entirely alien to the sometimes brittle work of Hergé — they may have succeeded.
What do YOU think? Are you going to book your Christmas vacation in the land of Mocap?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.