The film reveals the answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfu...more
The film reveals the answer to every child's question: 'So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?' The answer: Santa's exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the heart of the film is a story with the ingredients of a Christmas classic - a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. less
“A feel good film with outstanding animation and 3D effects! The film is packed with laughs for both children & adults, and establishes an emotional connect with the audience. A must watch!”
Ever heard of Aardman Animations? Or Wallace & Gromit perhaps? If you have and have seen any of their work or series of films, then sir/madam I salute your good taste. Some of the finest pieces of animated films from the past two decades have come from this British studio. So it was with much anticipation that I watched Arthur Christmas and boy oh boy this is one of the best Christmas movies to have come out in the past decade.
Taking a more contemporary approach to the tale of Santa Claus, this movie presents in techno-glory the efforts that go behind the operation of Santas delivery of toys to kids around the world on Christmas eve. Elf operatives in SWAT team like gear jump into chimneys, silence car & home alarms, rappel down from sledges as they go about their business of delivering gifts around the world. This Santa isnt immortal, rather just with a longer life as a series of shots early on show the previous Santas; there is even a grandsanta voiced by Bill Nighy in the movie.
It's Christmas Eve and the current Santa (voice of Jim Broadbent) has toys to deliver around the globe. This is Santa's 70th mission and probably his penultimate. Hes expected to announce his retirement and pass on the mantle to his oldest son, Steve (voice of Hugh Laurie). There is also Steves younger brother, Arthur (James McAvoy), who's a bit of a goof-ball. Like I mentioned earlier theres also Grandsanta (Bill Nighy), the 137-year old Santa, who strongly believes that tradition, always wins over technology.
Trouble soon starts to brew when Arthur discovers that one child was forgotten during Santa's Christmas Eve soujourn. When Steve argues that the missing of one child out of millions is excellent, Arthur ponders over the sadness in one home on Christmas day and takes it upon himself to deliver the present, with the help of Grandsanta and an elf.
The movies Christmassy message is beautifully conveyed through warmth and much humour (slapstick and witty). The elves and their training in particular is quite funny and Grandsanta is an absolute blast. The script though primarily aimed at kids never forgets to amuse the grown-ups too. Particularly affecting and poignant is the father-son relationship between Arthur & Santa.
Excellent animation and some lovely 3D effects with a great background score only help add weight to the proceedings.
Arthur Christmas may have released way after Christmas but this is a feel-good movie for all seasons. Watch it!