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Tintin fans: Spielberg’s version too violent

From Contactmusic.com:

Typical of the fury ignited by the movie, Nicholas Lezard, the literary critic for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, said that when he left the theater showing the Tintin film, he founding himself “too stunned and sickened to speak; for I had been obliged to watch two hours of literally senseless violence being perpetrated on something I loved dearly. In fact, the sense of violation was so strong that it felt as though I had witnessed a rape.

Movie opens in December in the U.S.

Community Comments

#1 Applemask
October/20/2011
@ 8:52 am

No, no, he didn’t say it was too violent, he said it desecrated the original material. Somehow. Because it was a film. And Spielberg. And how dare they. He’s just being parochial.

#2 Bernard Crowsheet
October/20/2011
@ 9:19 am

That is the best review quote for the Tin-tin movie ever
Nicholas Lezard says “it felt as though I had witnessed a rape.”

That actually makes me want to see this, whereas before I felt nothing particular either way about it, imagined I would see it on DVD or at the dollar theatre, now I want to go out opening night with the kids and everything.

#3 Jan Eliot
October/20/2011
@ 1:05 pm

Since Tin Tin is European in origin I imagine Europeans might end up wishing they’d produced the movie instead of Spielberg. The sensibilities really are different. I’m a little appalled that the previous commenter is more interested in seeing the movie since he read the rape reference. We Americans do seem to love our violence. Ugh.

#4 Pete McDonnell
October/20/2011
@ 1:36 pm

Applemask is on point, the quote isn’t about violence in the movie, it’s that the movie’s interpretation of the material is so horribly wrong it seemed like an act of violence was being done to it.

#5 rodd perry
October/20/2011
@ 4:21 pm

maybe he meant “senseless literature violence”

#6 Jonathan Gies
October/20/2011
@ 11:41 pm

[shrug] I like War of the Worlds. To me, it was the anti-Independence Day, in that it actually treated the alien invasion/slaughter scenario with some human believability (to my eye, anyway). Whereas Independence Day was just “summer blockbuster special effects thriller by-the-numbers with cringingly awful dialogue thrown in.”

#7 Gerry Mooney
October/21/2011
@ 12:19 pm

Never been a fan of Tintin, but really this should have been a European production, and it should have been animated! Spielberg has never done justice to other people’s material.

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