ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – P – The Polar Express (2004) Movie Review

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Writer: Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles Jr (Screenplay) Chris Van Allsburg (Book)

Starring: (Voice Talents) Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari

Plot: On Christmas Eve, a young boy embarks on a magical adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express, while learning about friendship, bravery, and the spirit of Christmas.

Runtime: 1 Hour 40 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: The Polar Express starts as a young boy who is starting to lose his faith in Christmas gets a visit from the Conductor of the Polar Express, offering him a ride to the North Pole, joined by other children, the boy gets taken on an adventure of a life time to visit Santa Claus at the North Pole in an attempt to renew his faith in Christmas.

Thoughts on The Polar Express

Thoughts – The Polar Express is a Christmas movie that tried something different with the animation techniques, this is by far the weakest part of the film, which ends up making everything feel lifeless in this animation. When we dive into the story, it is one that is here to try and help children keep their faith in the magic of Christmas, not being in a rush to grow up, we also get to see how children will need to learn that not everything is from the same position in life and Christmas might not have always been easy for everyone. Tom Hanks ends up taking multiply roles in the voice work, which does help make the Conductor even more charismatic. The Christmas message is clear and easy to see, but the animation ends up just making things feel lifeless.

Final Thoughts The Polar Express has all the feel good spirit of Christmas.