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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…
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.
An entertaining computer animation with the voice of Tom Hanks.
It's a movie-ride for kids, there's not much to it for people over 10.
Still, I think the boy's story arc is nice and there's a sense of magic that overwhelmed me, which is good thing. I also appreciate how unconventionally serious it is for a kids movie.
I will always have a special place in my heart for this, though.
Honors the book it is based on in many ways, without straying too far from the tone, even through director Robert Zemeckis' many action-packed digressions. Technically masterful, with an incredible sound design, The Polar Express is a wonderfully magical, instant holiday classic I'll for sure be revisiting each Christmas.
The first movie I saw in a theater.
The 3rd pairing of Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks. Hanks gets to play 6 different parts and is put to good use. But Zemeckis -- who has great visual style in Contact, Forrest Gump, Cast Away, Back to the Future -- seems wasted here. Freed by animation to do whatever he wants, he loses his visual touch. Also the animation tends toward the stilted and creepy looking. If you're a fan of Disney/Pixar this takes some getting used to. Despite all that, there are some moments that will boggle your mind in a good way. There are some exciting moments on the train. The music (Alan Silvestri) is good and Harry Potter-esque. If you're in a holiday mood and go in with an open mind you could do a lot worse.
The Polar Express is a perfect Christmas tale in which selected kids are transported aboard a magical train, to the North Pole on Christmas eve, to join Santa and his elves as they prepare for the biggest night of their year. It explores the amazement and ability to believe in the wonderful and outlandish aspects of Christmas, that only children are capable off...
While the thought and spirit of this film in unquestionable, the decision to make it a motion-capture animation is....It makes the whole film borderline creepy, and resemble a PS2 game! And why would you get a star like Tom Hanks to be in your movie, but then make a shoddy animated version of him? Given, Hanks has been the voice of a toy cowboy in the past, but he brought more humanity to the character of Woody, than the Conductor in this film.... 2.5/5
The most annoying kids ever! And not only the know-it-all kid, but all of 'em infuriated me.
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I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.