The Polar Express is a stunning modern classic from visionary director Robert Zemeckis. The first feature length film to be created using Motion Capture technology, it should also be remembered as a ground breaker that paved the way to the recent Avatar.
From the outstanding Hot Chocolate sequence, to the bittersweet duet between Hero Girl and Lonely Boy, what works so well about the film is that it all does. Haunting, dreamlike and beautiful, many audiences still remain blind to this masterpiece that Zemeckis has lovingly crafted.
I also want to give a nod to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, A Christmas Story, and A Christmas Carol (1951). Four films that I profiled last year, but was unable to find the space to write about this year. Perhaps next December I’ll have to count down for the whole month, in order to make room for all the classics.
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