The Polar Express : 4 of 5
My Christmas movie festival continues with The Polar Express, just released on DVD. Even though I'm not a proponent of this style of hyper-realistic animation, I loved seeing the movie in the theater last year (in IMAX 3-D), so I had to add this DVD to my collection. It was fun to see it again - the story truly is a wonderful Christmas tale, and some moments are simply beautiful. I like how the "camera" work is so creative, flying into places a real camera could never go, including beneath the surface of the ground, looking up at the actors as if under a glass table. I could definitely do without the Hot Chocolate song, and don't get me started on the Steven Tyler rock singer elf (yuck)! The bonus disc is simply so-so, presenting all the behind the scenes material in a really simplified way. They chose to narrate things with kids voices and explain things as if children would be the only audience wondering how they made this film, which is kind of disappointing. There are plenty of interesting shots of Tom Hanks doing his performance capture work, and even though it's cool, I have to say that this is not the future of movie-making, in my opinion! But never mind my reservations - The Polar Express is a gorgeous Christmas movie that I will watch every year! Add it to your Christmas collection!