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The Polar Express – Review

WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

At eight years old, our young hero has reached a crisis point: he’s doubting whether Father Christmas really exists.
Giving up on Santa on Christmas Eve, he falls asleep, but he’s woken by a magical steam-train that pulls up in the snow-covered street, outside his window.
As he runs outside to investigate, a kindly conductor invites him along for a ride.
The train takes him, and a group of similar minded children, on an adventure to the North Pole, to discover the truth.

WHAT’S IT LIKE?

Tom Hanks takes on five of the roles in this ground-breaking animation, that basically involves filming actors with lots of little sensors strapped to them.
Strangely though, the result is a bunch of characters whose very lifelessness detracts from the necessary excitement.
Aimed firmly at the children’s market, with no cross-over content for adults, the simple story is unsatisfying and the message of Christmas cheer emetic.
Londoners can see it in 3D at the IMAX.

The Polar Express opens in London December 3 and nationwide December 10 2004
(review by Jason Korsner)

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