The Polar Express (2004)

 The-Polar-Express“Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.” – The Conductor

Number of Times Seen – 2 (8 Jan 2007 and 21 Jul 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy is taken on a magical journey to the North Pole before he will begin to lose faith in the magic and wonder of Christmas.

My Take on it – Robert Zemekis and Tom Hanks have been collaborating for years and every one of them is superb.

This time they endeavored to create a magical holiday film with a message solely by using motion capture animation. This is the first movie to ever be completely made using this method and it truly is wonderous to view.

This gives the characters a more real look but at the same time, makes them seem kinda creepy because their movement isn’t 100% fluid.

The music and songs are great and ever since I first saw this movie 7 years sgo, I am constantly reminded of the tune just by thinking of the movie title.

My one complaint about this movie is that as great an actor as Tom Hanks is, he tried to bite off more than he can chew here and plays too many roles. I felt as if I was watching a solo Hanks movie instead of watching a movie where each character feels unique.

Bottom Line – Amazing animation that makes the characters both come to life and seem a bit creepy. Hanks and Zemekis have always collaborated well but I think this was just a bit too much for Hanks to pull off properly. Fantastic songs and music. Recommended!!

Rating – Globe Worthy


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2 thoughts on “The Polar Express (2004)

  1. This movie actually rubbed me the wrong way. I agree–the animation makes the people look super creepy. Everything else looks great, but the people…*shudder* And I felt like things just kind of plodded along. Glad that you (and most other people) seem to get more enjoyment out of it than I do!


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