"The Adventures of Tintin" is a massive critical and commercial hit over seas, but it has yet to make it to American shores. It seemed as though those of us in the United States were going to have to wait for the movie's December stateside release date to see what the fuss is about, but it turns out some Americans will get to check out the secret of the unicorn a little bit earlier than that.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Tintin” will be playing at the Los Angeles AFI Fest on November 10. The film festival starts on Thursday with “J. Edgar,” and, if the report is correct, ought to end with Tintin himself.
Besides doing so well at the international box office, “The Adventures of Tintin” is yielding director Steven Spielberg better reviews than he’s gotten in years. There has been a noticeable skepticism over the idea of a computer animated “Tintin” among some American comics fans, but so far the movie is doing really well on all counts. The next step is to see how it will do in the U.S. The film festival can give us some idea, but it’ll be the full-out release that tells us.
The fact that “Tintin” is a well-known quantity overseas certainly accounts for much of its success in Europe, but people are also turning out in droves for Spielberg and producer Peter Jackson — and for the story itself.
If you’re not able to see “Tintin” at the film festival, it will open in theaters nationwide on December 21.
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