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DECIDING TO GET ON THE TRAIN...,
I had mixed emotions about the prospects of this movie.
I love the book. I never like seeing a book be made into a movie--even when the movies are well done.
Add into the mix my general liking of Forest Gump and CastAway, the two previous Hanks/Zemeckis films (I feel CastAway is the far superior film if anyone's interested).
Temper that general feeling of goodwill with the fact that Tom Hanks's last piece of GREAT acting (in my opinion) was in Joe vs the Volcano (Meg Ryan's as well)--and that CastAway was Zemeckis's last good film.
These ingredients, as well as knowing that this film was to be a guinea pig for a new kind of animation, left me feeling unsettled at best about going to see The Polar Express.
This movie blew me away.
Say what you want about The Passion of the Christ or Fahrenheit 911 (both are great movies in the movie-making sense and should be nominated for all kinds of awards) but this is my movie of the year. It is also the best Christmas movie in quite a while.
The movie version of The Polar Express has a whole lot to see. This is serious eye-candy. That said, the movie stays incredibly faithful to the heart of the book.
The book and the movie are all about the wonder and joy of belief.
I could go on and on about the great job Tom Hanks does, about the awesome animation, but I won't. For as gilded and bedecked with ornaments as this movie is, it all gets stripped down to the ringing of a silver bell.
The sound of belief.
Faith is the evidence of things not yet seen.
This movie is a wonderful hymn to that evidence. An evidence readily found in all hearts brave enough to believe.
I give the Polar Express my highest recommendation.
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Initial post: Sep 15, 2010 2:52:43 AM PDT
Joe vs. the Volcano? That might just be the one truely terrible movie Hanks was in. And you thought that was better than Saving Private Ryan? Odd.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2010 10:52:18 AM PST
I admit I thought the same of the comment regarding Joe v. Volcano. But differences of opinion aside - your actual review of the movie was stellar. Brought chills. :)
Posted on Nov 24, 2012 9:02:05 AM PST
Mark Blackburn says:
Eight years on, and still my favorite review for this now-well-established holiday classic. Belongs in the "spotlight" I say. Always wondered if you lived on just such a street in small town Michigan? Be well and happy and have a wonderful Christmas!
Mark B of the frozen North
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