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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…
this is the most hideous thing I have ever seen
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…
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Much of the film The Polar Express is exciting and magical, and as the viewer it feels like you truly are on an adventure with the characters. The problem comes in with some of the strange tonal shifts and oddities that pop up here and there throughout, and I still can't figure out why the damn kid feels the need to bring the girl her ticket. She will be back in 5 minutes you turd. You can wait for her rather than risk your life attempting to move from one train car to the next.
I just called a fictional small child a turd. Merry Christmas.
Would be so much better if it was just an atmospheric adventure movie without action scenes every five minutes.
Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. Those first 7 minutes are a thing of beauty, but everything afterwards is one enormous drag, and the animation does not hold up well today.
Literally at the end of every year my teachers used to play this film. Makes me very nostalgic whenever I watch it. Love!!!!
Pretty great to look at -- the animation's almost always awesome -- but the movie itself is nothing special. The action scenes feel totally unnecessary and over-frequent (and kinda forced -- where are the stakes?). The rest is eh, but it's nice to look at, and for a kids' movie, I don't mind if that's all I get.
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Firstly let me say that I have not read the book. It might have been that anything I might point out comes as a problem from the book or is actually explained in the book.
There is something that I've read somewhere that sums this movie. This story could have been done in like a 20 minutes episode of some tv show.
One of the many things that bothered me and I noticed it immediately is the fact that two of the main children were not dubbed by children. Also the Tom Hanks dubbing of several characters started to annoy me after a while.
And another thing even though we are only introduced to 4 children they still remain very…
This film felt more like a story book than a film and also considering how Tom Hanks played at least 3 different roles in this film, it was incredibly well done. Not to mention the animation was incredible for the time.
Great family Christmas movie!
This movie creates such a weird uncanny valley for me. And I don't mean because the facial tracking animation makes these cartoon characters look freakishly like real people, I mean because every christmas eve a train shows up outside my house and takes me to the north pole to meet Santa.
Jk I'm jewish and barely know what christmas is. Still, I enjoy the occasional christmas film. Polar Express was kinda fun and inventive and I enjoyed aspects of it, but damn more than any other christmas film it really is relentless in shoving it's agenda down your throat.
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