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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.
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…
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.
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.
I'm pretty sure a lot that was mocap. It was fun when I was young, don't know how I'd feel about it now.
Part of Countdown to Christmas
Perhaps the most Christmassy film of all Christmassy films.
4K UHD. Upscaled from 2K. Presented in a slightly opened-out aspect ratio of 2.00:1.
I'm fairly certain this is the worst Christmas film I've ever seen.
This film shits on a lovely, meditative childhood classic that I love very much. I know that's a personal reason to hate this movie. That's why I only took off half a score from its original score.
I definitely liked this when it came out, but i dunno.
Dated animation aside, The Polar Express is a magical and ethereal piece of Christmas entertainment.
with masterful execution of the Uncanny Valley, an excellent plot with too many flaws too count, and a definitely good message that is as cliche as can possibly be, I shall put this movie on the "nice" list and give it the most perfect score possible!
Strange. The content added to the story to pad out a normal running time is very odd, but I enjoyed quite a bit of the weirdness. Motion-capture shortfalls notwithstanding, this was better than I had heard.
my fifth grade teacher played this in class and i had to come to terms with the fact i didn't believe in santa the same way reading life of Pi made me come to terms with not believing in god. too much for a fifth grader tbh.
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so letterboxd has gotten pretty heated of late (and I've thrown fuel on the fire too, can't deny) so here…