Film reviews are subjective. I tend to rate films not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
Arthur Christmas (2011) from Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation
Rated PG. Animated, Christmas, Comedy, Family Film
My thoughts: It’s complicated. But basically, there’s a Christmas Eve screw-up at North Pole Mission Control, and Santa’s eager but accident-prone younger son, Arthur, races against the clock in an effort to save one little girl’s Christmas from near-certain ruin.
How did I go nearly ten years without knowing this merrily daring holiday adventure exists? Well, I’ll admit I passed it up when I first caught a glimpse of it last Christmas season. I was so full of the sheer and utter wonder that is Klaus, my soul didn’t have room for another animated Christmas picture so soon.
Thank you for your patience, Arthur. You were worth coming back for.
No, he’s not American, but the awkward hero of this movie has about as much heart as Steve Rogers has even before anyone knows him as Captain America. Arthur’s dogged and almost crazy determination is something to see.
Such a fun story full of clever and imaginative nuggets, great characters, and plenty to laugh or chuckle about as it delivers a resounding message to echo around the globe: Every child matters!