Thankfully all was resolved and the show did go on as planned.
Benedict & I were arrived fairly early to the cinema (3rd row from the front!) to be entertained by a lil girl and her even younger brother. They were skipping and terrorizing the stage, asking out loud "when will the BIG TV be switched on?". Ben & I wanted to help and looked around, but couldn't find the BIG REMOTE to switch on the BIG TV. Ok, sounds lame typing it, but it was so hilarious at that point.
A brief narration of the movie's story line :
Based on the internationally beloved and irrepressible characters created by Hergé, the story follows the unquenchably curious young reporter Tintin (Jamie Bell) and his fiercely loyal dog Snowy as they discover a model ship carrying an explosive secret. Drawn into a centuries-old mystery, Tintin finds himself in the sightlines of Ivan Ivanovitch Sakharine (Daniel Craig), a diabolical villain who believes Tintin has stolen a priceless treasure tied to dastardly pirate named Red Rackham. But with the help of his dog Snowy, the salty, cantankerous Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis) and the bumbling detectives Thompson & Thomson (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost), Tintin will travel half the world, outwitting and outrunning his enemies in a breathless chase to find the final resting place of The Unicorn, a shipwreck that may hold the key to vast fortune… and an ancient curse.
After watching the movie, I concurred with Ben that it was a great movie. The 1 hour 45 minutes movie felt longer than that, but it was not because it was boring. On the contrary, it was high-action, fast-paced and blistering barnacle-y good. Indeed, good ol Steve has manage to spin a good ol Belgium classic comic series into a great family show. I however,slightly disagree with the level of violence coming from a U rated movie.
The animation is awesome and was much more appreciated in 3D. The script was fairly good with a bit of a tongue-in-cheek & British humour, but I would say that the animation out-shined the story line for this movie. A cross between Pirates of the Caribbean (themed along ships, treasure & pirates yarr-yarr!) and Avatar (yes, it's THAT level state-of-the-art animation) I would rate this movie 8/10.