Directed by Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump) and based on children’s author Chris Van Allsburg’s modern holiday classic of the same name, The Polar Express revolves around a young boy who longs to believe in Santa Claus but finds it quite difficult to do so, with his family’s dogged insistence that all of it, from the North Pole, to the elves, to the man himself, is just a myth.
This all changes, however, on Christmas Eve, when a mysterious train visits the boy in the middle of the night, promising to take him and a group of other lucky children to the North Pole for a visit with Santa. The train’s conductor, along with the other passengers, helps turn the boy’s crisis in faith into a journey of self discovery.
Starring the voices of Tom Hanks, Josh Hutcherson, and Michael Jeter, this holiday season it’s time to believe!
Roger Ebert gave the film 4 stars and wrote “[It] is a movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has imagined its world freshly and played true to it, sidestepping all the tiresome Christmas cliches that children have inflicted on them this time of year. The conductor tells Hero Boy he thinks he really should get on the train, and I have the same advice for you.”