You needed to be a true fan to have created this hell of a tribute to the legend. And you need to be young-at-heart to actually get delighted, to savor the finest moments as they unravel onscreen.\n\nSteven Spielberg and I played their parts perfectly today - Spielberg recreated magic, and I went WOW.\n\nTintin is endearing to us fans because it dates back to those times when we actually dreamt of doing something awesome in life, and were just waiting for that opportunity. That was before girls, Board Exams, IIT, CAT/GMAT used to happen. Before life took its toll.\n\nI loved the movie because it brought back Haddock and Snowy to life, and in exactly the same pristine form as I had left them around 10-15 years back. I would have most certainly disliked seeing a Justin Beiber or Shia LeBouf play TinTin; however capable or popular they might be. TinTin with his trademark tuft of hair and brown trousers tucked inside the socks is irreplaceable (the trousers were, however not tucked in - things only wierd fans can complain about :-) ). What acted as a special surprise was that the mood of the comic books has been so accurately captured that it evokes the same emotions - fast paced, thrilling and yet reassuring, because you know that all will ultimately end well. The story and the dialogues are left as they were written by Herge, apart from the necessary stitches and additional scenes which were introduced to connect 3 different comics together.\n\nGoing back to the movie, when I try to judge it for a cinema lover not in touch with Herge's works, I feel that it is bound to fare even better. The bumbling twin Inspectors, a kleptomaniac pickpocket and above all Haddock and Snowy are going to have the audience go in splits over poor Tintin's predicament. Something tells me that these two are going to be more looked forward to then Tintin himself, which is what I suspect even Herge made us do. \n\nThe film sets benchmarks in technological brilliance as well: breathtaking graphics and motion picture animation made the chase sequences absolutely magical and a treat to watch, while retaining the charm of the book. The 3D is good and adds to the film without drawing undue attention onto itself. The music score complements the mood perfectly, with a lot of silence in the beginning and picking up pace along with the suspense. A word must be said in honor of Andy Serkis too, a guy you would have not seen but still have applauded as King Kong, Gollum, Ceasar (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and now Archibald Haddock.\n\nWatch it for sure, and make sure your kids get to know how you spent your childhoods: I believe even Herge would have given this film his approval. Ten thousand thundering typhoons if he doesn't.