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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.
I don't really find all the characters likeable but the animation is stunning as well as the story to the polar express sounds like a really good idea and it was , it would be great to see a live action version of the polar express but hopefully the characters in the live action version would be better than the characters in the animated one because the characters in this movie don't seem like real people and I know there not really people but there meant to feel that way but at least the animation of the characters looks amazing and stunning at the same time but the animation could have been used for better characters not the annoying shit heads that were the characters in this movie but tom hanks's character was great, so overall the polar express has great animation and bad, unrealistic characters but is still worth watching around Christmas.
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Some of the best computer animation ever designed.
I feel that this loses something if you are not from the US.
Tom Hanks noticeably supplies the voices for multiple characters in this watchable yet ultimately disappointing Christmas movie.
The book was better
Totally fine for what it is - never need to see it again. But it's an enjoyable family holiday film none-the-less. The animation is not as bad as everyone made it out to be when it came out, either. Those roller coaster-esque sequences sure are fun, too.
"On Christmas Eve, many years ago, I lay quietly in my bed. ..."
- Hero Boy
This is a second or third viewing for this one. I remember it being pretty good but the characters are in that uncanny valley zone where they look human but also seem totally not human. The technology wasn’t quite good enough to render realistic human characters.
OK, I’m done watching and unfortunately the copy I watched wasn’t very good. When I moved into my current apartment I inherited some stuff that the previous owner had left behind and this was from that person. From the quality of the DVD, it seems like maybe this was purchased at a night market in Thailand (around 2005)…
A bloated, over-sentimental story paired with creepy animation makes The Polar Express far from pleasant viewing.
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I love love Christmas and Christmas movies!!
Movies set at, around or a scene at Christmas.