The Polar Express

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  • When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.Running Time: 100 min. Format: BLU-RAY DISC Genre: CHILDREN Rating: G Age: 085391157038 UPC: 085391157038 Manufacturer No: 1000009563

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When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.Amazon.com
Destined to become a holiday perennial, The Polar Express also heralded a brave new world of all-digital filmmaking. Critics and audiences were divided between those who hailed it as an instant classic that captures the visual splendor and evocative innocence of … More >>

The Polar Express

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  1. I have been looking forward to this film for a couple of years now since I first heard about its upcoming realease on animated-movies.com and may I say was highly disappointed by the trailer. When I saw the first snip of animation I immediately thought that it was live action but with some odd touch. As Mr. Zemmicks has attempted to create an almost believable world on the computer I wonder “why not just create it and film it?”. It would look a lot better and would be way cheaper to produce.

    Aside from the animation there was very little else to comment on inside the trailer. There were very few lines spoken and very few scenes shown. Since this was a full-leignth trailer I would definitely considder this to be a hint towards what to expect of the quality of the film. With Mr. Zemmicks amazing directing abilities I would have expected a lot of expansion on the children’s book’s themes and storylines, but it doesn’t appear to be so.

    Although this might be a fun holiday movie to go see simply for the sake of seeing a Christmas film, I would definitely not recommend it for viewing outside of that purpose.

    If one were considdering going to see this movie simply to see some of the ground-breaking realistic animation I would say you probably won’t be disappointed. It’s not perfect, but it’s miles beyond even what PIXAR has thus accomplished. But aside from the animation, there doesn’t appear to be much story or anything else.

    Mathew Brett Wharton
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. this happens to be my least favorite movie ever. it stinks out loud. i hate the dancing waiters, i hate the amination, and i hate the babyish plot. there was no violence. see ocean’s 12 in stead.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. Well, in the first place this is scary. Scary in a Leni Refenhstal level (ok, probably I mispelled her last name). Christmas is not universal, and Santa Claus (called many names in many countries) is less so. This movie says that if you don’t believe in a fat old man in a Coca-Cola suit that has a big factory with many many workers slaved in the North Pole you’re out. This kind of novo-fascism is not new for Robert Zemeckis: all of you remember that ode to stupidity and conformity that was “Ggggump… Forrest Gump” (I couldn’t resist it, sorry).

    Since I was a child my parents told me that there is not such thing as Santa, and so I learned to judge my presents as a proof of the hard work (giving the proper economic conditions) that my parents did during the year (or at least that month).

    So, the movie.

    The animation is incredible (for 2004) but the faults in the characters’ eyes and mouths make all the effort almost worthless. Some rollercoaster moments must be great when seeying them in IMAX-3D (I suposse), but for most of us is a second-hand experience, when yout hink this would be great in such screen or another. When the best sequence in all the film involves a train ticket blown by the wind (a motive by now in Zemeckis filmography) but none of the human characters is in it, you have a problem. Still, a must for CGI fans.

    Btw, the score by Alan Silverstri sounds like a half-baked version of the sublime score Danny Elfman composed for “Edward Scissorhands” (now that’s a Christmas story!).
    Rating: 2 / 5

  4. As a technological feat, it has its moments. In spite of the weirdly passive storyline, the atmosphere of snow and night and travel has a kind of kinetic beauty. But there’s no getting around the story, which, in film and book, is the product of reactionary minds. Why this boy? Why now? Why the nauseatingly patriarchal and self-congratulatory Santa? Why the masses of worshipping elves? It’s all very “Triumph of the Will” — “Metropolis” with a Christmas Tree.

    Actually, the irrationality of giving the first present of Christmas to the boy is even more pronounced in the film, in spite of the filmmakers’ effort to make him a worthy and active hero. The little African American girl (the children aren’t even dignified with names), the real greatheart of the story, is condescendingly dismissed by Santa, as if she were a faithful cook or a maid when, in fact, she’s the one who should have been given the present. Revolting.

    The message of the film is, of course, dictatorial: Believe. That’s an imperative, folks, and the implication is that if you don’t you’ll go to hell. We’ve heard that song before. This is a movie for people who think the capital gains tax should be eliminated, that people are rich and successful because God loves them more than He loves others, and who blindly support the oligarchic horrors of the current administration in Washington.

    Achtung, baby, and good night.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. The biggest bomb of the summer was Around the World in 80 Days.The biggest bomb of the fall was Shark Tale.The biggest bomb of the winter was Polar Express.It deserved it.
    Rating: 1 / 5

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