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slanderous From: slanderous Date: November 29th, 2004 08:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Also, how did you find Polar Express? I don't plan on seeing it because I haaate Tom Hanks, and the characters creep me out. My brother who did see it claims the ending is all about brainwashing (willing oneself to hear a bell and believe in Santa, or whatever) and the fascist spectacle (orderly and disciplined elves paying tribute to their fuhrer Santa).
kdotdammit From: kdotdammit Date: November 29th, 2004 09:39 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know about Charlie, but I can totally see that reading. When the setting of the "North Pole" first filled the screen, I leanded over to Charlie and commented, "Look, it's St. Petersburg." And there are zillions of little red elves. It's a much more complicated movie than one is initially led to believe. I liked it (and I LOATHE Tom Hanks).
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: November 30th, 2004 04:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I had a long talk with knicoliniabout Polar Express last night. We both dislike Tom Hanks. But we were moved -- distressingly so, in my case -- by the film, even though it was very formulaic. Of course, "formulaic" means "classic" sometimes. If you like those classic Christmas films like Miracle on 34th Street, you're sure to at least enjoy Polar Express. And if you can't stand them, you'll probably hate it. One thing knicolini smartly pointed out is that Polar Express references mid-20th Century realism and magic realism in painting. For those, like me, who are conditioned to respond to artists like Thomas Hart Benton, Polar Express is particularly hard to not be hooked by.
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