Saturday, December 04, 2004

The Magic Lives

A day of Total Christmas for my wife and I. After a languid morning we had our regular weekend date--today, lunch and a few beers followed by The Polar Express--after which we hunted Christmas Tree 2004, and then spent the remainder of the day trimming the tree, drinking egg nog spiced with booze, and watching classics like The Year Without a Santa Claus.

For the record: egg nog blended with egg nog ice cream, topped with nutmeg and livened with Meyer's dark? It's the shit.

But back to the point of the post. Polar Express rocks. Remarkable movie. True, at one point I found myself feeling a bit detached, and the CGI-generated characters have a bit of a PS2 feel in the rendering of their skin. But still: the film makes the magic and the mechanism of Christmas at the North Pole ... the thousands of elves, the prancing reindeer barely held to the ground, the mechanisms required to make and deliver millions of toys ... as real as you've ever dreamed them.

The film makes the wonder of the myth real for children--who gasp repeatedly during the film at the wonders they see--and real again for adults.

We both shed awkward tears of joy, and unless there's coal in your chest, you will, too.


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