Thursday, December 18, 2014

Arthur Christmas | Review

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(this review is spoiler-free)

The role of Santa Claus has been a family tradition for many years in Arthur's family, starting way back with St Nick himself. Arthur is the second son of the present day Santa, though it's really Arthur's older brother, Steve, and not Santa, who runs everything. The movie opens on Christmas Eve, with elves dropping like parashooters from the S-1 - a modern high tech update of santa's sleigh - to fill stockings and leave presents under trees. The night is successful with two billion presents delivered and no misshapes. That is, until it's discovered that a child has been missed. A little girl, Gwen, has no present from Santa under her tree. 

With this we are shown the character and relationships of different members of the Claus family, by how they react to the situation: Santa, or Malcolm; Grand-Santa (the present Santa's dad); Mrs. Claus, or Margaret; Steve; and Arthur. It is Arthur who sets it on himself to deliver that one last present. The numbers don't matter to him, it doesn't matter that only one child has been missed, it matters that a little girl named Gwen doesn't wake up on Christmas morning without a present from Santa. 

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The movie is hilariously funny throughout, the laugh-out-loud kind of funny (with practically no rude humor), and starts and ends well. It is paced nicely its whole length, never slowing down. Especially funny is an elf from the wrapping department, Bryony. James McAvoy who voices Arthur is perfect, his voice caring and daring. 

There's a strong theme of family running through the story. To begin with the Clauses are a dysfunctional family, showing off and fighting each other, with the exception of Arthur. But through the adventures brought on by Arthur's headlong, heart-drawn, rush to save Christmas for Gwen they are drawn together, making up along the way. And by the end everyone has found their place and contentment. And, to quote a line from the end of the film, "they are happy."

my rating 4/5
favorite linSo elf, how do you feel about being the one to tell his parents about all this?

MPPA rating: PG (for some mild rude humor)
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Screenplay by 
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Time 97 min
Soundtrack by Harry Gregson-Williams
Release year 2011
Rating: (RT) 92%; (IMDb) 7.1/10

10 comments:

  1. I. Love. This. Movie. It made me cry the first time I watched it and I think it's quite underrated! One of my favorite renditions of Santa and his job! <3

    ~Jamie

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    1. It does seem underrated, I don't see why though. I enjoyed it a lot. :)

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  2. Great review! It sounds like a great movie, I normally don't like many Christmas movies, but this might be the exception.

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    1. Thanks, Kat! I don't like a whole lot of Christmas movies either (just 'cause it's hard to find good ones), but I did like this one.

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  3. I haven't seen this movie yet, but your review makes it seem like a good film. I really liked "Point and Landing" (Is that's what it's called?) It's depiction of the whole elf job is awesome. Great review!

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    1. It was a very enjoyable movie (in terms of fun) with a sweet story at the heart of it. I looked it up - did you mean Prep & Landing maybe? - and it looks funny. :) Thanks, Max.

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  4. This sounds lovely! Nice review. :)
    Amy xx

    Perfect Imperfections

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  5. i've just recently heard about this movie last week and now it seems like i'm seeing it everywhere. thank you for the review! it sounds so cute! going to have to give this one a go. hope you have a lovely holiday, dear!

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    1. It's funny how one'll hear about something for the first time and then suddenly be bombarded with references. :) It is cute. :) Thanks, Emily, you too! xx

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