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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
Highly imaginative animated feature, director Robert Zemeckis’ The Polar Express is an enthralling film with a great cast of voice actors and a terrific sense of visuals. The story is very good and the film delivers from start to finish. As an animated feature, The Polar Express is a fine film in the genre, and being a Christmas themed film, it succeeds very well at capturing the vibe of the holidays. The film offers a different atmosphere than your usual Holiday feature; it’s a really good take on the traditional Christmas film. The Polar Express has some originality to it and a different atmosphere than your regular Christmas film, which makes it a unique feature. The animation is beautiful, and…
Robert Zemeckis used to be a great director, a man capable of providing audiences with a number of classics and little gems throughout the last 20 years or so of the 20th century. There’s a good case to be made for the fact that the worst thing to happen to his career was the development of more and more interesting technology that seemed to capture his interest more than making good movies. For a while, this balanced out. The Back To The Future series made some great use of special effects, Who Framed Roger Rabbit remains one of the finest mixtures of animation and live action since Mary Poppins, Death Becomes Her had plenty of black humour to match the…
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In honor of Christmas time around the corner, I cannot but think of this Christmas film that my brother an I watched more times than we should every Christmas season. Tom Hanks is one of my favorites of all time if not my favorite of all time. Overall this movie is a classic Christmas flick to my generation.
Really fun movie, getting in the Christmas mood already :D
It's good to believe.
Perfect for children, Robert Zemeckis really sets the stage for the motion capture animated films to follow with "The Polar Express", where Tom Hanks shines through as many of the characters in the film. Taking a young boy whose belief in Santa Claus begins to falter on an epic train adventure to the North Pole, this heartwarming film will become a staple in Christmas movies, especially for children starting to grow up and not believe. There's a strong message involving the ability to hear Santa's sleigh bells and even found myself having a conversation about it with my eight year old nephew. Repetitive in nature, the story structure of the film is largely designed to adhere to the 3D aspect…
An instant classic ever since I saw it in IMAX 3D back in 2004. Once you get past the surreal almost weird 3D, it is a real magical film.
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I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.