Saturday, December 21, 2013

Movie Review: "The Polar Express" (2004)

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Movie"The Polar Express"
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Year: 2004
Rating: PG
Running Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

When a young boy starts to doubt the existence of Santa Claus, he is visited by a magic train called The Polar Express. Its function is to take doubtful children to the North Pole to meet Santa and to help them believe in the magic of Christmas once more.

This movie does a great job explaining the true spirit of believing in the notion of Christmas. The message it sends is an important one and we like it very much. Tom Hanks does the voices for most of the adult characters in the film, as well as Hero Boy. You really can't go wrong with Tom Hanks in any capacity. The animation is that weird CGI where people are made to look very realistic, but still seem fake, which makes them slightly creepy looking. This movie is a very fun cartoon and the entire part on the train is treacherous yet adventurous! There are a couple of really spectacular songs in this movie, the one sung by Billy and Hero Girl called "When Christmas Comes to Town," as well as "Believe" by Josh Groban over the end credits. That's really what audiences should take away from this movie: the spirit of the holiday is within yourself as long as we allow ourselves to enjoy it and remember to believe. Great fun family Christmas movie!

My Rating: 8.5/10
BigJ's Rating: 8.5/10
IMDB's Rating: 6.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 56%
Do we recommend this movie: Yes!

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