Sunday, November 25, 2012

Movie Review: Arthur Christmas

Blurb: How CAN Santa deliver billions of presents to the whole world in just one night? With an army of one million combat-style Field Elves and a vast, state-of-the-art control center under the ice of the North Pole! So how could this incredible operation have MISSED one child?! To Santa’s young son, Arthur, it threatens to end the magic of Christmas. With retired Grandsanta, a rebellious young elf, an old sleigh and some untrained reindeer, Arthur sets out in a crazy mission to deliver the last present! Deck the halls with excitement, fun and wonder in this new Christmas classic!

Review: There's always a new crop of Christmas movies, some good, some bad and some stellar. Arthur Christmas is one of the stellar ones.

Maybe it is because of the great cast, Bill Nighy voices Grandsanta and Hugh Laurie is Steve, the new Santa in waiting.

The film reminds me a bit of Doctor Who meets Santa Claus, something that never happens in one of that show's Christmas specials. The film opens with Steve directing Santa on a very high tech, unbelievably sci-fi Christmas Eve toy run.

It is totally unbelievable. And everything goes well...until one little girl gets skipped!

That's when the real action starts.

Arthur and Grand Santa go into action and nothing goes right, except maybe to get everyone to remember what Santa is supposed to do.

This is a feel good movie for young and old, the kind you want to watch each Christmas. Totally sweet and totally funny and full of all the things you need to get into the spirit!

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