The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn trailer holds back
Quite rightly so, the trailer for The Adventures of Tintin holds back on showing the faces of the characters right to the very end. There are glimpses and clever ways to keep them hidden, but it keeps that motion capture hit for the final few frames.
Of course it has to for motion capture hasn't really set the world alight, and the creepy, unreal feel of people represented in this world seem to have been attributed with the reason why Robert Zemeckis' films haven't been well received. So can Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson succeed where Zemeckis failed?
I think they could do, and here's the reason, Tintin is a cartoon character and this film isn't trying to recreate real life rather recreate a cartoon type world, and motion capture does that, it captures reality and presents it in a shinier, veneered world which is close to our reality, but not quite there.
It's the same feeling that made the attempt to capture the real world in Robert Zemeckis' films just seem slightly odd and often creepy, but when it's a cartoon and comic book character and his world, it feels as though it could work a lot better.
I have to admit does look better, but there's still that feeling of un-reality about it, if you know what I mean. From the opening moment where we see the hands of someone lift a cover I caught the fingers not quite meeting, not quite looking like it had gripped the sheet. It's a small thing, but it's all these little moments that add to that unreality feeling.
The good news is, as I said, that this could work because it's not trying to create a real world, it's mirroring a comic book world.
Let's see if they've managed to pull it off, for Apple Trailers has the new trailer in Quicktime high definition, just perfect for judging it. As usual, here's the Flash version too.
Have they got it right? We might have to wait for another trailer yet.