Saturday, April 14, 2012

Penny Thoughts ‘12—The Adventures of Tin Tin (2011) ***½

PG, 107 min.
Director: Steven Spielberg
Writers: Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, Joe Cornish, Hergé (comic book series)
Starring: Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Daniel Craig, Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Daniel Mays, Toby Jones, Joe Starr

“The Adventures of Tin Tin” is the second movie in the past week that I’ve revisited from the holiday season of 2011. Both of which were good movies for the whole family, although both also contained elements that we’ve come to think of as being unacceptable for children. “We Bought a Zoo” had some fairly harsh language for a ‘PG’ rated movie, although nothing that I didn’t hear in movies all the time as a kid. “Tin Tin” includes a drunkard as one of the heroes.

As I watched the movie this time, I watched my children processing the drunkenness of this character and came to the conclusion that we all need to relax a bit. I think our children learn much more from their real environment than from what they’re exposed to in movies. In “Tin Tin”, Captain Haddock’s alcoholism is a storytelling device rather than a real thing to the kids watching. True, it isn’t a realistic depiction of an alcoholic, but it isn’t a realistic depiction of anything. It’s a fun adventure for the audience to enjoy. And, it is the more than capable hands of Steven Spielberg.

I was pleased to read recently that Spielberg has said he regretted digitally altering his movie “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” upon its rerelease a decade ago. Spielberg removed the handguns from all of the government officers when they were chasing the kids on the bikes at the end of the movie and replaced them with walkie-talkies. This seemed an unnecessary and paranoid precaution to me. It seems with “Tin Tin” Spielberg has gotten over his fear of parents blaming him for their children’s poor behavior and gotten back to giving us unfettered entertainment.

Read my original review here.

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