This festive season there are a whole host of movies to select to bring out that Christmas mood in you. The first of which is Arthur Christmas, an interesting take on the legend of Santa Clause.
The 3D, CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas, an Aardman production for Sony Pictures Animation, at last reveals the incredible, never-before seen 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, his son with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns.
The script is a clever one because it brings an update to the many Christmas myths. We often wonder how Santa has been around for so many centuries and we’ve even associated his work with magic, hence the magic of Christmas. Of course being adults we know that Santa isn’t real….but what if he was? How would you tell a realistic story of Santa.
This movie offers the kind of pre-holiday experience that parents and children alike will appreciate. Arthur Christmas gets off to a good start by telling us how the guy in the red suit manages to get all those toys to two billion kids on a single evening. The answer is with technology. Everything that happens on Christmas eve comes down to some hi tech space ship and a massive Operation, army style.
So how has Santa stayed alive so long then? Simple, Santa is simply a role that must be played as father passes on the title to son, kind of like a monarchy.
This movie was a very good original idea and had many touching scenes too. I liked how they told the importance of why no child should miss our on his or her gift, that really was the essence of my Santa and Christmas is so important.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
The voices of James McAvoy as Arthur was simply brilliant. Add that with Hugh Laurie as Steve, his brother and the legendary Bill Nighly who plays GrandSanta and you’ve got a holiday movie worth watching!
Arthur Christmas opens in cinemas 1 Dec
Photos courtesy of Sony Pictures Singapore
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