Polar Express, The (2004)
Polar Express, The (2004) Genre(s): Animated | Family

Directed by: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Nona Gaye, Peter Scolari

Synopsis: When a young boy questions the existence of Santa Claus, a magical train arrives to take him to the North Pole.

Ripley's movie review

The animation is beautiful. It's not sharply defined like in Finding Nemo and it doesn't try to be completely realistic like Final Fantasy. It looks like what it is -- a beautiful picture book brought to life.

Hanks does a fine job with his half dozen roles, the story is lovely, and the "roller coaster" effect is impressive (and must be breathtaking in the IMAX version). I saw this in a theatre with a hundred or so kids, aged 4 to 8, and it kept them quiet for almost the entire time.

This is the kind of movie that should be watched every year at Christmas. It's magical and, as I've said several times already, absolutely beautiful. Highly recommended.

Added 22 December 2004 at 1:46 AM
Newt's movie review

As Ripley said, the animation is different but the movie is better for it. The story is excellent and this is one worth adding to your collection. An excellent Christmas Eve selection.

Added 27 December 2004 at 9:20 PM

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