A magical train appears in a boys front yard on Christmas Eve and it’s heading directly to the North Pole and Santa.

Date: 2004
Director: Robert Zemeckis
Writer: Chris Van Allsburg, Robert Zemeckis, William Broyles Jr.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Leslie Zemeckis, Eddie Deezen, Peter Scolari, Michael Jeter
Runtime: 1:39:51
Rating: PG
Jeff’s Review:
Three and a half stars

A lot was written about this movie when it first came out, mostly because of the incredible motion-capture technology that went into it. It’s never good when people talk more about how the movie was made than what ended up being made, and that’s a shame, because they ended up with a sumptuous movie in the end, but it did suffer from a real lack of humanity because the rendering of people is never as easy as people seem to think it will be when they start. Lots of vacant eyes. It’s a shame, because I think the movie was quite good actually, but it’s impossible not to notice how computer-generated it all seems when people are on screen. It has a wonderful picture book quality to it and when it’s scenes of the train or the snow or all the other parts of the film, it’s easy to get lost in it, but then someone inevitably pops up and ruins it for me. I hope the makers of the film kept all their digital files and someone can go back in a few years and run just one more filter. It’d be a shame if this film got missed because it seemed so old before it’s time.