A new full-length UK trailer for Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn” has gone online. The video quality isn’t the greatest, but the trailer itself provides more story details, a few bits of humor, and there’s no hiding of the faces this time as all the characters get action shots and dialogue.
The design is decidedly ‘more stylised’ than the first trailer let on – meaning the humans aren’t trying to look ‘too human’ which makes it less creepy. As a trailer it’s definitely a more straight forward one than the all too vague teaser, some of the gags are fine while others fall dead flat (oddly the Thompson twin ones). The target audience seems to be skewing younger than the books do, making this a bit more akin to the old cartoons, but some of the action shots are really nicely done (especially the second last with Tintin sliding across a boat deck). Serkis as Haddock certainly looks like he’ll steal the show.
There’s some major story changes from the books though. ‘The Crab with the Golden Claws’ elements are being incorporated in an unusual way with the more straight forward ‘The Secret of the Unicorn’ stuff. There’s nothing essentially from the ‘Red Rackham’s Treasure’ storyline on display which makes one think it’ll be mostly ignored (the cast list makes no mention of Prof. Calculus as a character for example).
Most notably is that the Red Rackham character (Daniel Craig) is completely different from the books – turning what was a minor flashback pirate character into the film’s present-era antagonist, essentially adding a villain to a story that didn’t really have one.