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The Polar Express
Journey Beyond Your Imagination.
This is the story of a young boy on Christmas Eve who boards a magical train that's headed to the North Pole. What unfolds is an an adventure which follows a doubting boy, who takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole; during this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Bringing a visual style that expertly showcases serene beauty within a snowy night as well as a unique vision of the North Pole; The Polar Express works wonders in spite of its more silly and darker "zemeckis" flourishes. The music is gorgeous, the opening is wonderful, and while the pacing is lackluster, many memorable moments hide that aspect. The rollercoaster scene is kinda silly, as is the mandatory sequence where Zemeckis does his best to scare the shit out of all the younger viewers, but the emotional impact by the end is undeniably subtle and majestic.
Recommended beverage: Hot Cocoa.
I admit that my experience with Christmas films is a little rudimentary. I've yet to see such classics as It's a Wonderful Life and The Muppet Christmas Carol and I imagine this downgrades my credibility quite a bit. But no matter I suppose, since my favourite Christmas film would have possibly credited me as an untrustworthy source anyway. Yes, it's The Polar Express; a massively resplendent, spellbinding and heart-melting experience that encapsulates the bonafide spirit of Christmas more powerfully than I have ever seen. If I ever lose my Christmas spirit, I know that its quintessence will always be bottled inside this beautiful gem and waiting for me to discover it once more.
Everybody has that film they watch on Christmas Eve religiously (no pun intended). For some it's Home Alone. For others it's Die Hard. But whilst these films are beyond excellent, I always watch The Polar Express. I think I'm in the minority here when I say that The Polar Express is my favourite Christmas film. I find that it encapsulates the feeling and the spirit that exists at this time of year like no other movie. I really connected with the young boy, facing the dilemma weather Santa is a man or a myth. We all had that moment, and just like this boy, I used to lay awake anxiously at night just to hope in hearing a noise or…
What in the name of Mike?
And Robert Zemeckis' love affair with motion capture animation begins. I find this part of his career interesting because he basically stopped making live action films for over a decade while he made three unrelated motion capture animated films back to back. Ok two are Christmas movies, but I still consider them unrelated.
I didn't like the film much when I first saw it in 2004 but it's grown on me since despite it's shortcomings. I completely get pulled into it's Christmas spirit now despite it being populated by characters with soulless eyes and that little irritating bastard Know-It-All voiced by the equally irritating Eddie Deezen. The rest of the film is…
The Polar Express looks amazing. It's one of the best looking animated movies that I have ever seen. The people look a little weird, but the landscapes, the North Pole, the train all look incredible. Great job, whoever did the visuals for this.
The voice acting is good, but I found the characters a little bland. The story is a bit lacking, but ultimately, it is a sweet tale of hope and belief, and it oozes Christmas Spirit at times.
I've seen many better works, but few better-looking than this. See it during the holidays. You might like it.
Film 32/36 of: Films of Christmas:Movie Marathon 2014
Apparently a modern day Christmas classic directed by one of my favorites Robert Zemeckis. The motion-capture characters animation looks like a cut scene from old computer game, like creepy walking corpses. The story interesting but inconsistent. The Characters are just dull and Its overly sentimental.
Things I did like was the Music, Visuals, atmosphere oh and Tom Hanks. Never quite got me into the Christmas spirit. Sure young children would love it. Bah humbug
I've seen this damn movie over 50 fucking times! ! ! not because i want to !!!! because it plays on every tv channel every christmas, weekday, weekend, hanukkah, halloween! !! you name it ! ! !
This is the weirdest, craziest Christmas movie I've seen. But I love it!
while the trip and the animation looks amazing on the train and the environment, the characters really look kind off weird. Especially when you see the faces, looks like they copy pasted the faces on the bodies somehow. Overall this movie is pretty harmless and as a little kid you will like it, but as an adult you will notice the bad things about the movie.
A beautiful Christmas story.
My mom loved this movie! So I guess it was really good! I am re watching this next xmas.
Christmas Classic my wife and I fav Christmas time movie ... 3D is awesome for this movie// the tea cup scene chocolate!!! great!!!!
I love this movie and watch it every Christmas!
Uncanny valley. Oh, the uncanny valley. The art is beautiful, but it just puts me on edge.
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I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.