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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.
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…
A barrage of cataclysmic events with the characters in peril at every turn just for the sake of 3D thrills. So to watch it in non-3D as I just did, left me aware of the fact why certain objects in the film seem to flutter and flicker about in close up in front of the screen for no obvious purpose but to fulfill its 3D theatrical run. All the more reason to dislike the new technology.
As for the film, it's still eye popping visuals with or without the 3D and just stunningly detailed animation. The film is a technical marvel for sure and its plot although very much for the mind of children is enough to keep the viewer's interest and filled with the so called Christmas spirit. More than anything it is a winter adventure born out of a child's pure imagination placed on film and it will always be a fun watch.
The Polar Express is a ridiculously schmaltzy and overblown animated Christmas movie from Robert Zemeckis.
On Christmas night, a little boy doubting Santa Claus and Christmas wakes up to the sound of a train - it's The Polar Express, come to take him and other children off to The North Pole and Santa Claus.
This movie is like being stuck on a train with annoying children for two hours. When it isn't way over the top with no gravity, it's sappy and dumb. It teaches children wonderful things about the holiday: when a stranger wants to give you a ride in the middle of the night, you should always take it. Running away from your parents is the best way…
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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.
In my opinion 'The Polar Express' is a perfect movie in many ways possible.
1. The Voice Talents are great
2. The animation is amazing
3. It's stunning
4. The characters are lovable, brave, and PERFECTLY developed
5. The jokes come in at the most perfect timing
6. It sends a perfect message to kids
7. It gives you the Christmas cheer
8. It's heartfelt
9. It's action packed and exciting
10. It has a beautiful well fleshed out universe
'The Polar Express' is a very underrated film. It's my 2nd Christmas film of ALL time (After Gremlins). And It's my 2nd animated film of all time (After Finding Nemo), and It's my 11th film of all time. In my opinion It's flawless, beautiful, vibrant, fun, creative, imaginative, and all around perfection. 5/5 stars.
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 feel like this movie wanted to make me feel something but it didn't.
Excellent movie. Ideal leading up to Christmas movie. Not for very young children; works well for youngsters who are beginning to wonder about Santa.
Lots of edge of the seat moments. Very scary for children in parts. Sounds great with a good cinema setup! Highly recommended.
It often feels like it’s trying way too hard, the songs are mildly cringe-worthy, and the humans are not animated well, but The Polar Express is exciting, full of heart, and has a message that, fortunately, is not lost in its CGI craftsmanship.
An excellent Christmas movie.
There's this cold, distant and weirdly surrealist vibe to the entirety of the film. Like, it clearly wants to express some spirit and warmth, but it can't. It simply ends up creeping you out. The motion capture is an admirable attempt for the time of its release but, quite frankly, it's unnecessary and traditional computer animation would have served this film much better. The mannequins posing as characters don't benefit the lack of warmth, and neither do the sock juice drinking hobo or the murderous-looking elves. The detours and moments of peril only feel like ways of stretching the length. It's not a movie with a plot or sincerity. They're hammed in there, forced and unconvincing in their attempts to make you believe in the unbelievable. The only success this film has is with the scenery and the animation of the locomotive itself, which are good but merely serviceable with age.
A young boy who has begun to doubt the existence of Santa Claus is invited to board the Polar Express, a magical train that takes children such as him to the North Pole to see Santa at work with their own eyes. The power of this film resides in its visuals. A process called "performance capture" was used to wed the performances of real actors to computer simulated characters and environments based on the artwork of children's author Chris Van Allsburg. There are many magical and innovative sequences, such as the one in which we follow a lost ticket as it flutters through the air, going through a series of adventures of its own before ending up back on the…
Better than I expected, as far as the "uncanny valley" factor goes. I wondered how the book could be lengthened. The sentimentality wasn't as sappy as I dreaded, and the visuals and added action sequences were good.
This ain't a movie, it's a theme park attraction, and not a very good one. I can compliment it's rich and lovely color palate, which jumps right out of a winter storybook. But it's generally bland, and the message of the film is quite horrible.
This is unreservedly one of the worst movies I've ever watched.
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