I have just finished reading one of Tintin books called The Secret of The Unicorn. I considered reading this graphic novel as prelude for the upcoming movie, one out of few movies I anticipated this year (I hope I can see it in the cinema).
I used to own several Tintin books when I was still in elementary but I didn’t take good care of them and lost them somewhere. Knowing that the first Tintin movie will be released this coming December, I decided to buy some Tintin books and read them again.
The first book I bought (recently) was The Secret of Unicorn or Le Secret De La Licorne, The Treasure of Red Rackham will be bought later. I bought (and planning to buy) those books because the movie will be adapted from both The Secret of Unicorn and The Treasure of Red Rackham.
For those who have never read Tintin, here are the main characters in almost every Tintin books:
Tintin: a young journalist that often caught up in mystery across the world
Snowy: Tintin’s loyal white dog
Captain Haddock: Tintin’s rum-loving best friend who used to be captain of the Karaboudjan.
Thomson and Thompson: a twin-like cops who often did more damage than good. They were the jester of this series.
I am a bit confused with Thompson and Thompson. I remember clearly that I used to read them under those names, but in the new edition of Tintin published by Gramedia, their names are no longer Thompson and Thompson, they are Dupond and Dupont. I did a little research and found out that Dupond and Dupont were the original names in French.
The Secret of Unicorn started with Tintin buying a replica ship for Captain Haddock. The second he paid for it, 2 men appeared and insisted on buying his ship. Tintin refused both men and took the ship home. Meanwhile at the same time, Dupond and Dupont (I decided to use this name as it is the names in the book I have just read) were in the middle of solving a pickpocket case. The case caused them several wallets because the thief found him as an easy target. This case will intertwine with Tintin’s case.
Tintin left the ship in his flat to visit Captain Haddock, but when he got back home with the Captain, the ship was no longer in his flat, someone had stolen it. He suspected the man that had come to him to buy his ship. That man had an identical ship but it wasn’t Tintin’s ship. Out of coincidence, Tintin found a piece of paper hidden inside the ship.
The captain told Tintin about his ancestor who used to be the captain of a ship called Unicorn. The replica ship owned (used to be owned) by Tintin was the replica of that ship. From the Captain’s story, he found out that there were 3 identical replica ships and each of those ships had a piece of paper that will lead them to the treasure of a pirate named Red Rackham.
And the adventure began….
This book has no real ending because it led to next book, The Treasure of Red Rackham.
I have to be honest here, rereading Tintin didn’t have the same effect as the first time I read the book. When I read it back in elementary, I found it as something awesome…it is still interesting but not so awesome anymore. Maybe it is because when I read the series, I haven’t found the fun of reading Manga yet. Manga has more complex story than Tintin. However, I wouldn’t say Tintin has turned onto a boring book…it is still interesting in its own way.
Title: The Secret of The Unicorn
Language: Indonesian (Original: French)
Pages: 62 pages
Publisher: Percetakan Gramedia
Challenge: Mystery and Suspense Reading Challenge 2011, What an Animal Reading Challenge VI (Unicorn in the title)
Now, let’s take a look at the movie for a while.
The movie is directed by Stephen Spielberg, one of few directors I will always watch. The screenplay is written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright, and Joe Cornish. I don’t know about Joe Cornish but I know how good Edgar Wright and Steven Moffat are. Moffat was the one who wrote A Study in Pink for Sherlock miniseries.
Staring: Jamie Bell as Tintin, Andy Serkis as Captain Haddock, and Simon Pegg and Nick Frost as Thomson and Thompson (Dupond and Dupont)
Here is the poster for the movie
And here is the trailer. We can see that they changed some details of the movie. It seems that Tintin and Haddock met the first time in this adventure.