The Polar Express Reviews
First, as beautiful and realistic as the film is , the animators have failed to convincingly render several key components. Many characters seem robotic with stiff movements, vacant expressions, and an overwhelming lack of fluidity. The eyes and inside of the mouth are very poorly rendered. Best evidence of this is near the beginning when the girl on the train is staring at the main character (Hero boy) and begin to talk. It's downright weird, creepy, and doesn't work.
The tongues have the appearance of a wet hotdog every time, always the same color. With the breakthroughs with realistic hair It's really sad that Hollywood still hasn't learned to properly render eyes. Special mention goes out to Santa's bag of toys which looks like an animal or something that belongs in the movie Trolls.
The movements are also super stiff and at times ridiculously unconvincing. It's like they don't know what to do with shoulders. Prime example is the Lonely Kid trudging through the snow trying to board before falling down. This is the only example you need to see.
My 3rd gripe is how robotic and 1 dimensional some of the characters appear. The dancing waiters with the hot chocolate looked like something a video game animator cooked up in 2001. No expressions, no facial movements, no soul. Just copy and paste several in there. The Lonely Kid pouting is probably the best example however. The same pose, zero movement, vacant computer animated expression, frozen in time etc. As the movie wears on it actually gets rather annoying and It's hard to feel something for a 1 dimensional character that has the personality of a dead battery.
There's a lack of authenticity with some of the children also, mainly the annoying know it all kid. At no time does it feel like an actual child but just an adult making a stupid voice. Why not let children play the children?
All in all it was an OK movie but just got a creepy vibe. Just don't know if that was intentional or not.