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Tweed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:43 PM
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Polar Express: Pure magic
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 01:13 PM by Tweed
I saw Polar Express and I thought it was wonderful. Tom Hanks does a wonderful job and the animation is amazing. The story is good and actually has somewhat of a 'liberal' plot. I recommend it for everyone.
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Pirate Smile Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:48 PM
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1. What age of kids do you think would get it and like it? I have 7, 5 and 3
year olds.
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Tweed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:56 PM
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3. They all would like it
The only 'scary' parts are when the train is acting like a roller coaster. It's actually quite fun and you feel like you are on a 'ride'. I would say take all the kids. The message is pretty simple and the symbolism isn't hard to get at all.
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:50 PM
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2. i hate that story
a story about the magic of getting presents?! blech
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Tweed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 12:58 PM
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4. Presents aren't emphaized in the movie.
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 01:13 PM by Tweed
The kids actually get something more then presents and a simple gift is considered to be the best gift of all. It might be somewhat different than the book.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 06:20 PM
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9. It wasn't about the "presents" blech n/t
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jean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:12 PM
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5. did Hanks do multiple voices in the movie? A friend said he did six
different characters!
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Tweed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:14 PM
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6. Yeah, I think he did five
Great performance, a younger kid probably wouldn't be able to tell it was all Hanks.
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jean Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 01:21 PM
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7. even if they could, it might seem like he was reading the story to them
and role playing the various characters. I look forward to seeing whether this is my reaction. Thanks for your review.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 11:46 AM
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8. Enjoyed it very much....
Movie critics haven't been too kind though, which is a shame. I have recommended it to my son to take twin 2 year-olds. It's truly a visual experience, and I liked the story too. I'm not sure where the mainstream critics are calling it dark and creepy, but Roger Ebert really enjoyed it, and saw it twice (once in IMAX).

You're right about the liberal part, it did have a Wizard of OZ sort of ending, which is definitely a feely good thing :)
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-18-04 07:38 PM
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10. Thanks, I think you just changed my mind
I was going to skip it. THanks for the review.
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Khephra Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-04 08:00 AM
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11. I love computer animation
but something about the animation of Polar Express seems downright creepy to me. I'll probably catch it on cable as a result.
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DrZeeLit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-19-04 09:24 AM
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12. The Polar Express is NOT about presents. It's about believing beyond
yourself. Believing in your sense of wonder and imagination.

There is only ONE gift in the book. And it's a jingle bell.

That is symbolic of internal magic. Which is the magic of life and imagination. When that is gone, when the bell -- the inner sense of wonder and imagination -- cannot be heard, what have we lost?

I've had college students read that book and write. And somehow they never write about presents.

I like to think I still have the magic.
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Catchawave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-04 03:58 PM
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13. *polar kick*
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Enraged_Ape Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-22-04 07:38 AM
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14. Saw it yesterday, and to my surprise, I thought it was terrific.
I'd heard mixed reviews about this movie, mostly revolving around how "dark" and "creepy" the animation was. But I feel the bad reviews are mostly from people who aren't familiar with the Chris Van Allsburgh source material; ALL his stuff is "dark" and "creepy". I prefer to think of it as moody and beautiful, though, and I thought this movie captured that atmosphere perfectly.

What I loved best about this movie is that it took it's time telling its simple story while plying us with gloriously beautiful images in between action sequences. Animators used to strive to do this in all their movies (like the "April Shower" sequence in Bambi), but you almost never see this anymore in the escalating fight over kids' dwindling attention spans. This movie just used its gorgeous, mysterious imagery to keep the kids awestruck when it wasn't scaring them half to death with the intense action scenes. (And I don't know if I'd take really little children, say under three, to see this. There are some real scares and thrills.)

And I loved the story, too, simple as it was. It was the first Christmas movie I've seen in a while that didn't winkingly lampoon the commercialism of the holiday while being blatantly commercial in and of itself. This movie was all about the feeling and magic of Christmas, about appreciating the little things.

I suspect that when the DVD comes out next Christmas, it will end up on my Christmas movie shelf with "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story". That's how much I liked it.


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