Monday, December 1, 2008

25 Days: The Polar Express

The 25 Days of Christmas got off to a slow start this weekend, but we were able to catch one Christmas movie over the holiday.

The film, The Polar Express, came out in 2004 and is adapted from a short story by Chris Van Allsburg, much like Jumanji and Zathura.

This particular film, follows a young boy during Christmas Eve. This boy has slowly stopped believing in the miracle of Christmas.

In order to get him to continue believing, he has been selected to travel to The North Pole on a magical train known as The Polar Express.

Of course, there is many exciting things that happen to the boy on the train, as he meets other children, the conductor and a magical ghost-like hobo.

Once in the North Pole, the adventure doesn't stop as he and three others are lost in the magical underground of Santa's toy shop.

He finally gets to meet the big guy himself, and is selected to receive the first gift of Christmas. He is unaware why is not able to hear the sleigh bells when everyone else can - but once he starts believing again, the bells are heard full force.

This film was directed by Back to the Future's Robert Zemeckis and stars Tom Hanks as at least six different characters including the conductor, hobo, Santa and the boy's father.

Overall, it was pretty well done, and a pretty good adaptation from the original short story by Van Allsburg.

The animation was a little creepy looking, as they tried to make the characters look as life-like as possible, but it still looks wonderful.


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