movie has great camera angles that to me, make movie viewing “fresh.” An example is when the boy picks up the bell that fell off
Santa’s sleigh and the camera shows the boy picking up the bell from
“beneath the ground” angle. That
is, you are looking up at the boy rather than watching him from the side
or from the top angle. The
thin sheet of ice as you look up is a great shot.
Not only that, what the
bell represents is another level grown-ups understand too clearly.
Also, this movie has a
different “animation” look to it that reminds me of the HBO
"Animated tales from around the World" shows that my kids like
Moreover, for my
four-year old and six-year old, this movie is a nice change from the usual
fare of “guns shooting bullets or lasers, crashes of monsters, buildings
and cars, or explosions of some kind. While these PG and PG-13 movies have good qualities, Polar
Express is a welcome change.
There are scenes that
can be scary to the kids—the scene where the train car is full of
discarded toys including the puppet that talks to the boy and the homeless
person on top of the train.
If you like action,
you'll get that, too, with the train skating scene. If you enjoy the
pacing of "About Schmidt" type movies, you'll have that
in this movie also.