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Posted December 12, 2002
This story, as a whole, is rather lacklustre-it takes a while to get going, and even once these hurdles are overcome, lacks the flow and poetry associated with Herge. I think this is the only place where the master falls into the stereotype trap-his portrayal of the greasy financier Bohlwinkel who, although a parody of his line of work, could be misinterpreted as a nasty bit of anti-Semitism. The Captain, now an indispensible part of the team, doesn't appear until relatively late in the proceedings and is still very much underway (although his barrage of abuse at the phony ship company is priceless). The transition between dreams and reality is blurred to say the least, and plain weird at times (such as the mad prophet materialising in Tintin's lounge). There are some good comic moments, and the sequence with the scientists staggering out of the dining room is masterly, but the project overall seems to lack the spark and heart of a vintage Tintin.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.