The chase sequence with the hawk and the scrolls is fabulous. It must be a director's dream to be able to control the shots as they can with animation, and they don't skimp on the details either.
The battles scene on the high seas are amazing. Not just the animation and the incredible work of Andy Serkis, but the story ideas. They must have employed every animator on the planet to get the intricacies they threw in to some of the shots. Having said that, it really didn't need to be in 3D; in fact for this story in particular it may have even been more engaging if it weren't.
The film is a cross between the adventures of Sherlock Holmes and the amusing mishap adventures of Wallace and his street smart dog Grommet. It isn't clear at first whether, like Wallace, Tin Tin will continuously miss all the clues his clever side-kick discovers. This was a little disconcerting as, given Tin Tin's more serious demeanor, it isn't nearly as amusing to watch him fumble as it is Wallace. Thankfully, with the introduction of new and intriguing characters Tin Tin hits his stride, and begins to unravel clues at the same pace as the audience, increasing the intensity of the action and the satisfaction of the chase.
Tin Tin has more than a cult following and for those fans there'll be many more nuances pulled from the action but for new comers alike, there is a lot to like about this film and the promise of at least one sequel down the road.
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