The Adventures of Tintin

Musical Score By: John Williams

Distributed by: Sony Classical

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


            Based on a comic book series by Belgian artist Georges Remi under the name Hergé, The Adventures of Tintin is a 3D motion capture film directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.  The movie follows Tintin (Jamie Bell), a young journalist and his loyal dog Snowy as they embark on an adventure after finding a model ship containing an explosive secret.  The adventure takes Tintin halfway around the world, dodging and outwitting enemies while searching for the final resting place of the shipwreck known as The Unicorn and its fabled treasure.

            The musical score of The Adventures of Tintin was created by American composer and film score icon John Williams.  Having created some of the most recognizable and critically acclaimed musical scores for films like the Star Wars series, Indiana Jones, Superman, Schindler’s List, Memoirs of a Geisha and more, there is no denying that John Williams is a master at his craft.  His numerous awards and recognitions in his field attest to that and his fans swear by his music.  Being one such fan, I couldn’t wait to listen to his latest venture.

            There is no denying that John Williams often reuses pieces of musical score he has created for other films.  Although a practiced listener and fan of his work will notice this in The Adventures of Tintin, they will still enjoy the soundtrack.  These snippets of reused musical score are masterfully worked and presented in a brand new light making them original pieces unique to The Adventures of Tintin.  Bits of musical score from Harry Potter make their way onto this new soundtrack and they fit perfectly into the scheme of things, adding an adventurous air to the film.

            The Adventures of Tintin Soundtrack contains an orchestral theme that speaks to the film’s sense of intrigue, adventure and action.  Soft at times as Tintin works to uncover things; fast-paced and loud as the action and adventure scenes comes to pass.  One track in particular grabbed my attention.  Presenting Bianca Castafiore features soprano Renee Fleming doing what she does best.  In the final notes of the song, her voice reaches such heights as to shatter glass.  The sound of shattering glass coming out of my speakers sounded so realistic, I turned to look at my windows before realizing it was part of the song.

            The soundtrack of The Adventures of Tintin is a perfect match for the film and a great stand alone album.  John Williams does it again, creating the perfect score for an epic adventure.


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