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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.
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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.
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…
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…
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.
Based on the book that I never read, when a boy who doubts Santa exists stays up Christmas Eve for the arrival of the jolly man, he is instead greeted by a steam-powered train headed for the North Pole. This movie has beautiful looking CGI if it's in the background or the front it still looks good but the CG on the characters looked way too creepy and there is a song in this movie that goes nowhere.
Call me the Scrooge of performance-capture technology. But if this represents the future of filmmaking, I want no part of it.
The innovation is the centerpiece of the big-budget adaptation of “The Polar Express,” and allows accomplished actor Tom Hanks to simultaneously play five roles. Hanks was outfitted with hundreds of sensors and told to act out the individual parts while computers collected movement data for future rendering.
And while this is all well and good for video games, which try to work toward realism with unreality, the practice here makes for a film that continually reminds its audience of its artifice. One of its biggest detractions are the impossibility of using performance-capture technology on the human eye, making most…
This is a horror movie about a train populated by eerie near-human ghouls with creepy plastic-manikin faces. I've never been so scared of Tom Hanks in my life.
Too life like to be cartoony, too ugly to be life like. My inner Computer Graphics major can't see past it or get over it.
I showed this to my wife because it's a good Fourth of July movie.
Yeah, I'm watching a children's Christmas cartoon in March, what about it? Even though I was watching on a 61" plasma, this is clearly a film that should be seen in IMAX. This was filmed in all-digital capture, so the flick has a weird vibe to it, especially when you're seeing people speak. Other than the flag-sitting rights of saying you're the first, there isn't a good enough reason why the movie should be made this way. Truth be told, the movie would be better off as a mixture of live action and animation.
The film is filled with roller coaster scenes which would have been great in IMAX, Fun enough. The story is simple enough. Believe in Santa Claus.…
I was expecting a childish escape into a fantasy world that I'd enjoy but forget within a day. What I got was something else entirely. The Polar Express is dark. Surprisingly dark for a children's christmas film. But at no point did I feel it went too far in that direction. There's something very magical about something almost scary. The Polar Express has an unsettling tone but there is enough wonder to ensure that by the end children will have no ill feelings towards it. The magic of Christmas shines through.
This movie captures everything I hate about Christmas. Full review: www.patheos.com/blogs/schaeffersghost/2012/12/why-i-hate-christmas/
All it required for me to have a good time with The Polar Express were two things: the beautiful soundtrack and the breathtaking animation. The story wasn't anything too special and it was far from being as touching as it aimed to be, but at least the voice acting was really good and that made things pretty enjoyable throughout.
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