Steven Spielberg hasn’t had a film in theatres since 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Many fans found that film to be a major disappointment and a letdown in terms of delivering an exciting adventure spectacle. With his next film though, it seems like the famed director has learnt from his mistakes.
From the look of this sparkling new trailer for his next directorial effort, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, Spielberg seems to be more than making up for the edge-of-your-seat entertainment that was oddly lacking in the 4th Indiana Jones outing.
The film does look to be constructed similarly to an Indiana Jones film, mixing mythology and action to create a thrilling adventure ride, as well as bringing a slight period setting. This is not entirely accidental, Spielberg is a massive fan of Tintin and there is no doubt that part of the inspiration for Indiana Jones comes from Herge’s classic comic book hero. For me, this new trailer conveys exactly what the film should deliver, which is intrigue and entertainment.
Personally I love the look of it and the stylised motion capture is clearly something they are spending a lot of time on and it does look spectacular. Many fans of the original comics may turn up their noses but Spielberg and executive producer Peter Jackson are trying to deliver something as close as possible to the source material.
The film has magnificent pedigree with Spielberg and Jackson behind the camera in directing and producing roles respectively, but the screenplay is penned by Edgar Wright, Attack the Block‘s Joe Cornish and Doctor Who’s Steven Moffat. In front of the camera is an impressive cast, with Jamie Bell heading up as Tintin, with support from Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig, Toby Jones and Cary Elwes. The film opens in the UK in October and in December in the US. Watch the trailer below.