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Directed by Robert Zemeckis
  • Tom Hanks
  • Josh Hutcherson
  • Leslie Zemeckis
  • Eddie Deezen
  • Nona Gaye
  • Peter Scolari
Screenplay by
  • Robert Zemeckis
  • William Broyles Jr.
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure


UK Release Date 10th December 2004


A young boy (Josh Hutcherson) takes a ride on The Polar Express to the North Pole. What that young boy doesn’t know is that he’s in for a night full of adventure, friendship and bravery. All the while keeping the spirit of Christmas alive.

Is The Plot Interesting?

The Polar Express has a great plot that I enjoyed very much but if I had to say one negative side to it, it would be that it does get slightly repetitive. And there’s a big sequence near the end of the movie that I thought could have been cut down to make it shorter.


Is The Acting Good?

Tom Hanks had a lot of involvement with The Polar Express and that couldn’t be clearer than through his different performances, particularly the Conductor. I also thought that Josh Hutcherson gave quite a good performance.

Is The Directing Good?

Robert Zemeckis is one of my favourite directors (I love quite a lot of his movies) so it comes as no surprise that I loved the way The Polar Express was directed. He did a marvelous job with the story he had.

Scenes from The Polar Express

Is The Cinematography Good?

The cinematography had its good points, many of which revolve around the way the movie uses performance capture, but I thought that sometimes the story overpowered the affect the cinematography was trying to create.

Is It Worth Watching?

The Polar Express is without a doubt worth a watch; it has a great director, perfect performances and good cinematography. I thought the performance capture in The Polar Express was really good as well.


Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can’t see.

– Tom Hanks as The Conductor