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The Polar Express

Do You Believe?

With the abundance of cheaply attired department store 'faux' Santa Clauses and the numerous imposters who are out en masse during the holiday season collecting for The Salvation Army, is it really any wonder that a child begins to question at an early age if there is in fact one, true Santa?

A young boy finds himself confronted with this very conundrum in Robert Zemeckis' screen adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express. Late at night, the young boy lays awake waiting for the sound of Santa's sleigh bells. It is a sound he doubts he will ever hear.

While the young boy doesn't hear sleigh bells, what he does hear is even more surprising, the sound of an enormous locomotive barreling down his street. The Polar Express has a seat specifically for this young boy and he climbs aboard for a magical journey to the North Pole.

The beauty of The Polar Express cannot be understated. Every shot is visually arresting. Filmed exclusively in CG, the world of The Polar Express seems like a striking version of our reality while simultaneously feeling otherworldly and mysterious.

Robert Zemeckis has created a beautiful film that manages to capture the wonderment of Van Allsburg's Caldecott Medal award winning book utilizing advanced CG animation and his directorial skill.

The story itself is pretty simple, but the message it contains is inspiring. For all non-believers out there, you will believe.

Stars: 3.5 out of 5