Oh look! It’s the first ever trailer for Steven Spielberg’s mo-cap adap of Tintin! And… oh… wait… It only looks vaguely ‘alright’. Sure there are some nice flourishes and the detail’s impeccable, but it’s not quite looking like the masterpiece The Beard’s been amping us up for.
Colour me old-fashioned, but the motion capture approach just doesn’t work for me. Case in point: Robert Zemeckis. He’s another filmmaker who wrestled with the medium (having a go with The Polar Express and A Christmas Carol). But after the belly flop that was this year’s Mars Needs Moms (2011’s biggest box office turkey so far), he’s retreating back to more traditional methods of moviemaking.
On the evidence of this Tintin teaser, Spielberg may not fare much better. I’m not saying that because I was never a massive Tintin fan (he was always too twee for my liking), nor because mo-cap is flawed (I thought King Kong was a fun ride). Purely going on this first look at the film, there’s no doubt Tintin will have lavish visuals – but it still seems to succumb to the ‘dead eye’ curse that sunk all of Zemeckis’ attempts. Could Tintin be the final nail in mo-cap’s coffin?