The Polar Express (2004)
Will Become A Christmas Classic
I have to say that I adored 'The Polar Express'. It was just the sort
of film I needed to truly get me into the Christmas mood. The story
revolves around a young boy, who is coming to an age where he is
doubting Santa Claus' existence, until the Polar Express- a magical
train destined for the North Pole- takes him and a group of other young
children on a journey to Santa and to reaffirm their faith in
I had reservations about the use of CGI animation since I felt it
really only worked for stories about cute animals but having seen the
film, the CGI was the best way to capture the spirit of the film. It
really wouldn't have worked as well in live action, the sense of
other-worldly magic would have been lost. And as it was, the artwork
was beautiful, especially the snowy mountainous scenery that the train
This film took me back to my childhood and that tingly-feeling every
child gets on Christmas Eve in anticipation of Santa's visit. The story
was sweet and innocent without being nauseating, and I think every one
of us can empathise with the boy who wants to believe in Santa but is
growing away from the innocence of early childhood and faith in magic.
Much like Raymond Briggs' 'The Snowman', I predict 'The Polar Express'
will go down as a Christmas classic. It certainly makes a pleasant
change that this year's Christmas film was actually about Christmas and
I hope they make the re-release of this film an annual Christmas event.
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