December 14th: The Polar Express

Polar-Express-posterPeople really seem to like this film. My daughter recently decided to re-watch it for the first time in maybe ten years (she’s 15).

She turned it off after twenty minutes or so! She called it incredibly boring.

The story revolves around a young boy boarding the polar express, where Tom Hanks plays the train conductor with the magic ticket. The train then goes all the way to the North Pole and they have some adventures on the way.

It’s supposed to be this wonderful story, but immediately you’re drawn to the animation style. This was made a few years ago and boy, does it show. If you thought the Princess Leia bit in Rogue One was smack bang in the middle of uncanny valley, try this and it’ll drive you crazy.

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Anyway, in the end, they visit Santa and see stuff and it’s a heart warming story, but it’s frankly all a bit soulless. I don’t know what it is, and I know lots of people really connected with this film, but not me.

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But there are only so many Christmas films…and it passes 90 minutes or so quite easily, a lot easier than some of the slightly more drawn out things and it’s very traditional in it’s approach compared to some of the more modern or comedic movies you can watch.

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