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I'm 62 and I watch this movie every year along with White Christmas and It's a Wonderful Life. The first scenes are nostalgic for me. I love the nighttime snow scenes throughout as well as the train becoming like a roller coaster ride. I found it odd that the elves are portrayed as not being very nice, but they aren't in folk tales either.
I don't know why but this isn't one of my favorites. I love Tom Hanks of course but I think the computer animation throws me off. The concept is great but maybe I'm just "old school" and prefer animated movies the way they used to be.
This movie is about a boy named Chris aka Hero Boy who has lost faith in Santa Claus and Christmas because he sees people ripping out fake Santa Claus’s beard on the local news. This movie has a big message about the true meaning of Christmas, getting along with others during this joyful time, and helping others. One thing I liked about this movie is the scene on the magical train when the waiters sing songs and dance giving hot chocolate to every kid which looked fun and cool. Another thing I liked is when Hero Boy showed an act of kindness when he went to get Hero Girl’s train ticket by climbing on top of the train roof. A character I disliked was Know-It-All because the way he talked and how he expressed his emotions was annoying. I also disliked the animation of the movie because it looked awkward and seemed different other movies, it maybe because this movie was made in 2004 where the animations might have not been good. I would recommend this to families for a heart-touching Christmas! 4.5/5 -@LibbyTeen of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
The film “The Polar express” tells the story of the true meaning of Christmas. It all begins when a boy has lost his faith in Christmas and Santa. On Christmas Eve, a magical train appears in the front of his house while the rest of his family are sleeping and he goes outside to approach the train when he realizes that he suddenly has a ticket for the train and boards it. The conductor tells him that the train is going to the North Pole. Everyone on the train can hear a bell ringing that the boy has in his hands but he cannot since he has no faith in Christmas. When they arrive at the North Pole, he gets lost in the crowd and realizes that he wont meet Santa. This id because he still doesn’t not believe in him. The boy does his best to believe in Santa and hears the bell ringing in the pocket. He then is approached by Santa and receives the first gift of Christmas. The story has a big moral to it in believing and faith and believing no matter what. The film was exciting with many situations and scenes while they are travelling on the train to the North Pole, however there are a lot of unknown answers and characters that were never revealed in the story. 8/10 @Sportsreader03 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
The Polar Express is a very creative and imaginative Christmas movie. It is about a boy who, at first, has his doubts about Santa Claus being real, but his doubts start to drain away when he hops onto the Polar Express and takes the train all the way to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Hoping this adventure might finally clarify this whole Santa Claus mystery for him when he either sees Santa, or doesn't. After all, seeing is believing. This movie has done an exceptional job of clearly painting the picture of every child's dream during Christmas time. Watching this will make anyone wish for a ride on the Polar Express.This is also a very positive movie. It sends lots positive messages to viewers such as: believe or trust in friendship, and loads more that you will discover when you start your journey alongside the Polar Express.@Flo_Reada of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I like it more for the settings than the storyline which is full of holes. The cinematography is amazing though the viewer gets a real feel for the era.
A touching movie, probably a classic for teens and young adults of today. There are some surprisingly creepy moments, however, and the movie feels overly long and dragging in places.
I could only watch about 10 minutes of this movie as the animation is weird and creepy
the Polar Express i watched that movie in 2005 everyone was watching this movie in the gym i kind of liked kind of not really but i had to watch it cause everyone was watching it the whole school was watching this movie in the gym and yes again the lighs were off and now it is 2016 and we were watching at school in my high school the poler express movie upstars in in the lecsher hall on the 2ed floor.
A great Christmas movie! Animation/ special effects were amazing.
I honestly believe that this is one of the top 5 Christmas movies ever made. I could watch it over and over again.
This is a wonderful Christmas movie that captures the spirit of Christmas perfectly. Great for people of all ages.
This movie is endearing and great for all ages. It has become a great Christmas classic among many people.
Don't expect a thriller but it's a classic holiday story and beautifully done
Great soundtrack as well
This is a terrible movie.
Let me save two hours of your life: some anonymous kid hops on a train and goes to the North Pole. The kid is bland and boring. You won't care what happens to him. When the kid gets there, there are some elves, but they don't do very much. Santa Claus shows up, and doesn't do much. The kid goes home. The end.
None of the characters are interesting. There are no challenges. There is no story line.
You could find similar excitement by getting on the O-Train and riding from South Keys to Bayview and back again for two hours.
Avoid this movie.
I love this movie. It has now become a Christmas tradition for me!