The Polar Express: Freeform Christmas Movie Review
An aptly named train parked at a themed station in the Grand Canyon on Dec. 30 2013. Photo credit to Alyssa Zoe on Flickr.
The first day of December comes each year with much for Christmas lovers to look forward to. One of the most anticipated holiday television events is Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas, in which Christmas movies are played every day leading up to Dec. 25. Today, one of the movies being played on Freeform is none other than the beloved classic “The Polar Express”.
Released in 2004 from director Robert Zemeckis, “The Polar Express” follows the story of a young boy who is whisked away to the North Pole on a magical train ride. Along the way, he makes many new friends and embarks on an epic journey where he confronts his doubts about Santa Claus and discovers what he truly believes in. This movie is based on a book by author Chris Van Allsburg and features many well known voice actors such as Tom Hanks, Josh Hutcherson, and Steven Tyler.
The plot of this movie is attention-grabbing and does not have many dull moments. However, the animation could have used a bit more work in regards to the characters’ facial expressions which are bleak and lifeless. What the movie lacks in personality through facial expressions, it makes up for with a lively soundtrack. Overall, it receives a 3 out of 5 rating from the Clypian.