Add Arthur Christmas to Your Christmas Movie Collection
Directed by Sarah Smith, Barry Cook
Written by Peter Baynham, Sarah Smith
Even if this movie didn’t have a scene that takes place in Idaho, it would be worth watching just for the action movie–style depiction of how presents are delivered using the S2, a googleplex of elves, and a doddering Santa, but what makes it a magical Christmas movie is how that operation is contrasted with a simpler one later in the film.* The story of Santa’s second son Arthur, this film has all of the hallmarks of a quality Christmas film: wonder, delight, sorrow, hilarity, and steadfastness. The worriers among us will love how Arthur harnesses that feeling to save Christmas and those of us who hate wrapping presents will marvel at the elf Bryony’s** skill in a time of need.***
The verdict: Recommended
Cost: $2.99 via Redbox On Demand
Where watched: at home
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*Look out for Bill Nighy’s voice stylings as Grandsanta.
**Ashley Jensen, with a delightful accent
***Three pieces of tape!
- What’s your favorite animated Christmas film?
- How do you imagine those presents get delivered?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
This is the second Christmas film featuring a title song sang by Bill Nighy. He also starred in Love Actually.
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