Sunday, December 11, 2016

25 Days of Christmas: ARTHUR CHRISTMAS

Welcome to Day 11 of our 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS series, where we will be taking a look at holiday classics each day in the lead up to Christmas. Today, I'll be reviewing the 2011 animated film, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS.

This was my second time watching this film, and I have to say, I enjoyed it much more this time around.  From the story, to the characters, and even the animation style, I had a great time watching this film.  It utilized a nice mixture of classic Christmas tropes and modern technological ideas.

Arthur Christmas tells the story of Arthur, the clumsy youngest son of Santa Claus, as he takes on a mission of utmost importance.  And with the help of his grandfather, Grandsanta, and a present-wrapping elf named Bryony, Arthur is determined to make sure every last child gets their Christmas presents on time.

I really liked the idea of "Santa" as a title, passed down through the generations of this family.  It brought a believability to the story that most Santa stories lack.  Also, seeing how their operation has changed over the years, from the classic reindeer and sleigh to a technologically advanced command ship was a unique change of pace.  It brought a great modern spin to the story of Santa Claus.

One of the best parts about this movie is the stellar voice cast.  Playing the titular character is the fantastic James McAvoy.  He perfectly takes on the persona of a dim-witted, na├»ve kid, making him one of the most likable characters in the entire film.  He paired greatly with Bill Nighy, as Grandsanta, who joins Arthur on his adventure to save Christmas.  They were also joined by such talented actors as Jim Broadbent, Joan Cusack, and Hugh Laurie, just to name a few.

This was such a fun, lighthearted film with a clever script that successfully updates many Christmas myths, and dialogue that crackles with sophisticated wit. This movie offers the kind of pre-holiday experience that parents and children alike will appreciate. 

Arthur Christmas is a splendid little Christmas movie, one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.  So if you're in the mood for a fun animated film this holiday, I recommend checking this one out.

The Merc's Score: 8/10

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