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Directed by
  • Sarah Smith
  • Barry Cook
Starring
  • James McAvoy
  • Hugh Laurie
  • Bill Nighy
  • Jim Broadbent
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Ashley Jensen
  • Marc Wootton
Screenplay by
  • Peter Baynham
  • Sarah Smith
Genre Comedy, Animation, Adventure
Certificate

PG

UK Release Date 11th November 2011

Summary

When Santa’s (Jim Broadbent) ultra-high-tech fails and one kid is left without a present, his clumsy son Arthur (James McAvoy) gets put on a mission with Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) to give out a present they misplaced to a young girlĀ before Christmas morning dawns.

Is The Plot Interesting?

I found the idea that Christmas was a big operation that required lots of people and lots of technical equipment very interesting! It gives kids a new way to look at what happens on Christmas Eve when Santa sets off on his sleigh.

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Is The Acting Good?

Don’t get me wrong, the voice acting was good but it never really stands out. All the voice acting was very energetic and upbeat which was down to the incredible talent they had working on the film.

Is The Directing Good?

Arthur Christmas has a very clear objective and always focuses on that objective which is down to the earnest directing from both Sarah Smith and Barry Cook. They really did do a good job at directing Arthur Christmas.

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Is The Cinematography Good?

The tone of the movie is always consistent and is very festive. Although the cinematography doesn’t stand out as such, it does go well with the movie and doesn’t let the movie down.

Is It Worth Watching?

Arthur Christmas is a merrymaking, festive movie fit for the entire family. And it has brilliant lead characters who grow and evolve throughout the movie. Each character learns something valuable about themselves and I thought that was a nice touch.

3/5

Okay, lets show them people, ‘Operation Santa Claus is coming to town!’

– Hugh LaurieĀ as Steve

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