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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

THE POLAR EXPRESS (2005)

Though not as disgraceful as the recent live-action Dr Seuss adaptations, this expansion of the well known "believe in Santa" picture book is plenty depressing in its own way. Using a creepy CGI animation process that turns the cast into slick corpses, there are some impressive if over elaborated visuals and a brief truly magical moment when a pack of wolves makes a surprise visit. The story lifts more childhood tropes than you thought you knew & when those run out we get fake John Williams music & the waiters from HELLO DOLLY! Writing, directing & pandering in equal measure, Robert Zemeckis earns first place in the "bah, humbug" tournament while Tom Hanks, playing multiple parts, gets second, third, fourth . . .

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