The Polar Express

The Polar Express ★★½

Are there issues with this movie? Hmm let me think…

- The animation always teeters on the uncanny valley
- The characters range from weird to insufferable
- Nothing about the story makes any sense when you think about it for more than two seconds
- The film propagates a message of blind belief, insinuating that sometimes you should believe in something without tangible proof, when the entire plot of the movie revolves around a boy who doesn’t believe in Santa being brought to the North Pole to prove that he is real
- Half the cast it voiced by a creepy Tom Hanks
- The plot is solely progressed by the characters complete inability to pick shit up with their hands
- The dialogue is super unnatural
- This feels like a PS3 tech demo
- The glasses kid

But honestly, I can’t bring myself to care about that stuff. Even with all those issues, the film somehow managed to give me a warm, cozy feeling that stuck with me throughout. That’s the power of Christmas movies, I guess, even the bad ones. No matter the quality, they just remind you of a brief period of time each year where you can just relax a bit. Also, perhaps the great score had something to do with it. Overall, I can’t say it's good, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop myself from coming back to it. It does what any good Christmas movie should: encapsulate the joys of the season into one digestible experience. It may not be actual quality, but it’s effective, nonetheless.

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