Top 20 Christmas movies: #19 ‘The Polar Express’

Posted: December 2, 2012 in Movies

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*I will be doing a “top 20″ feature for the best Christmas movies of all time, right up to Christmas – I hope you enjoy!*

#20 – Lethal Weapon

Anytime Tom Hanks and Robert Zemeckis team up for a film, I pause what I’m doing and pay attention.  In 2004 Zemeckis cast Hanks in his holiday adaptation of the children’s book of the same name, The Polar Express.

The Polar Express was visually stunning while being true to the source material.  The story revolves around a child named Billy who is struggling to believe in the spirit of Christmas and everything that embodies; Santa Clause, elves, the North Pole.  Billy’s family doesn’t encourage the spirit of Christmas and thus Billy is taken aback when a mysterious train shows up with its conductor (Hanks) promising to take Billy and other lucky children to the North Pole to visit Santa.  If you think about it, a guy shows up with a strange offering to take children somewhere…it’s almost creepy.  Thankfully, Zemeckis keeps the movie going with the wonderful visual effects and constant interaction with Hanks.

Christmas is about faith and believing that this time each year is a time where you can have the belief that magic exists.  That the spirit of Christmas is centered in all of us and that all it takes is a little faith.  Billy’s journey of self-discovery on his way to the North Pole summed it up perfectly.  All you need is a little help along the way.

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