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The Polar Express Review

“Will Become A Christmas Classic”

November 26th, 2007

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 Christmas.

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 passes through.

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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  • kwstas-tozhs • 4 years ago

    likeeeeeeee.............ok

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    • cupid • 4 years ago

      @Diaigma NP your free to disagree.

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      • diaigma • 4 years ago

        No worries. I should stop pointing things like this out ;)

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        • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

          oops lol im bad at looking at dates. id never seen him on the site before he friended me. I guess i just assumed he was a relatively new user

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          • diaigma • 4 years ago

            Quick progress, @bucks? This was written 3 years ago :P

            Not a bad review, sir - though a classic? I'd have to disagree.

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            • mattbierwagen • 4 years ago

              Nice man your making quick progress with the reviews!

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              • Ilikepie202 • 5 years ago

                ok review

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                • macama • 6 years ago

                  When I get in a bad mood even if its in the middle of July I slip this movie in.It ,akes me feel REAL good with that little tingle you get on Cjhristmas Eve

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