Adventures of Tintin: why Spielberg didn’t have a midlife crisis?

I  desperately want to get into the head of Spielberg. What does this man want with his life now? As a filmmaker, he has achieved more than what most of us can even imagine in our dreams. So how does he keep his spirit intact? After Jurassic park, Schindler’s list and A.I., what next?The world is closely watching  his next move.

…And then he decides to make a movie on Tintin with motion capture technology. Fine, if this is what he wants to do at this point of his career, there must be a reason. He would be seeing something in Tintin like what Aaron Sorkin saw in Mark Zuckerberg or what Nolan saw in Batman or what Anthony Minghella saw in English Patient or what Kubrick saw in Clockwork Orange or what David Fincher saw in Fight Club….

But if it was there, I didn’t find it.

The typical Spielbergian spectacular set pieces, intrigue, mystery, dry humour running through the action sequences- everything is in there. I don’t have a complaint that Spielberg didn’t uphold the spirit of original Tintin comics. You get in the movie what you get in the comics. The sheer boyish sense of adventure, the mystery of clues coming together, the quirky supporting characters, wild chases, Snowy-all of it is there except the fact that ‘action in every 5 minutes or less’ appears a little engineered and tiresome in the movie. In my opinion, he upheld the spirit of Tintin with a little too much faith. May be he tried to realise the potential of Tintin series. But did Spielberg try to fully utilise his own potential?

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