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Polar Depress

2004-12-01 05:38:05.707515+00 by Dan Lyke 1 comments

Just got back from seeing Polar Express. About the time when they've arrived in Red Square and are mingling with the cheering proletariat (no, really) and the young boy is trying so hard to believe in the cult, Charlene leaned over to me and said "this is the suckiest movie". Yes, that's a direct quote. My response was something on the order of "it's like being stuck in the mall from hell."

Okay, maybe we went in with expectations that were too high. The book has been a classic (although this movie may destroy it for all the parents who go see it). But from motion capture that made the characters look downright creepy to a bad story glued on to the framework of the book to one too many roller coaster sequences to Tom Hanks[Wiki] just not being right for some of those voices, this is definitely one to skip.

Stick to the version you've already built with your imagination in conjunction with the book, and if you must see the computer graphics bits, I'm sure that the SIGGRAPH Electronic Theater show will have a reasonable sample.

We definitely should have seen The Incredibles again instead.

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#Comment Re: made: 2005-01-18 22:51:52.521093+00 by: Dan Lyke

Ward-O-Matic liked it more than I did when he called it a "virtual train wreck", but he then goes on to offer some suggestions for how it could have been improved which ends up being a fantastic little essay on character design, reading faces, and emotion.