This adaptation of the Belgian author’s books is Steven Spielberg’s first animated film. It follows an earnest young reporter on an adventure for lost treasure…yes, there are Indiana Jones parallels. This is the first time that the motion capture technique really works: the characters’ eyes don’t look creepy and the realism (although stylized) is quite impressive. It’s crammed full of dizzying crane shots, dynamic staging and complex action sequences. As a matter of fact, it may be too full. After a while the over-the-top action lacks impact. The characters and story aren’t particularly compelling, but the overall style packs a visual wallop.
GAY ANGLE: It’s animated, so don’t expect anything…although it is pretty to look at and almost the entire cast is male.
Jerry Williams reviewed movies for WTVR-TV for 14 years and for Style Weekly for 10 years. When he launched his own website in 1998 at TVJerry.com, he took his reviews to the Internet. Through those hundreds of reviews, Jerry kept his sexual orientation muted. So, he's excited to be adding "gay angles" to his postings for GayRVA.com.