Excellent, Without a doubt!!
Let me be very fair here, this is not the best movie in my opinion. But, this movie is fun, it has purpose and is very enjoyable to watch.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
I watched this film last Christmas and I was rolling my eyes cartoon style. It wasn't just the mediocre animation, the poor character development, the poor narrative, the silly jokes or some preposterous scenes. To me, the main sin of the movie is that it lacks what any movie about Xmas for children should have: true Xmas spirit and true heart. The premises of the story would have been nice enough to make a nice short, but the short is stretched unnecessarily into a soulless movie. Christmas is not adventure and gadgets, even though I love my gadgets and adventure. No Xmas spirit into this movie, no matter how many gimmicks, lions, spaceships and adventure you put into it and how many Santas you count in it, there is no soul. The story lost me after the first five minutes. Silly me, I kept watching, so I got a strong anti-Arthur feeling, and I thought that the Grinch should have stolen Arthur's Christmas. Ho ho ho.
Searching round on Netflix UK,I decided to take a look at their "Festive Features" section and I spotted a Christmas movie from Aardman Animation,which led to me getting ready to meet Arthur.The plot:Working in the letters department, Arthur Claus looks up in awe at his dad Malcolm,who is the latest member of the family to take the role of Santa.Needing to give every child a present,Santa and his other son Steve design space ships which allow them to travel the world in record time.Relying on machines to keep track of the presents being dropped off,the Christmas's and their elves do not notice that they have forgotten to deliver one present.Expecting to be given the job of new Santa,Steve is disappointed to find out that Malcolm plans to continue being Santa for years to come.Cleaning up the place,an elf discovers the undelivered present. Worried about how upset the child will be,Arthur decides that they must get the present to the child right away,but soon discovers that the rest of the family lack his Christmas Spirit.View on the film:Changing their animation method from clay stop-motion to CGI,co- writer/(along with Peter Baynham) director Sarah Smith and fellow director Barry Cook keep Aardman's distinctive features intact,as speedy whip-pans catch every wide-tooth grin and extra large eyes,whilst the Claus workshop gets filled with Aardman's trademark background gags which make repeat viewings of their works a Christmas cracker worth pulling. Following the Claus's (and the elves) on their deliveries,the directors make each location wonderfully distinctive,as the sleight goes from the dizzying lights of Toronto to the scorching hot jungles of Africa.Opening with a gallery featuring the history of Santa's,the writers deliciously keep the warm Christmas message intact,but hilariously show Santa trying to modernise his operations,that lead to all of the Claus's having to dust off their old ways,as they each struggle to get the hang of the Santa Sat-Nav.Walking round in a X-Mas jumper, James McAvoy gives a great performance as Arthur,thanks to McAvoy making sure to keep Arthur's passion for Christmas sincere rather than twee.Joining McAvoy in his X-Mas jumper, Hugh Laurie gives a very funny huff & puff performance as Steve,whilst Jim Broadbent is the perfect fit for the voice of the Aardman Santa.
Arthur Christmas takes a familiar, clichéd Christmas story and makes it its own by adding a futuristic, high-tech element. Times have moved on from the Reindeer and Sleigh routine and how now been replaced & upgraded with technology. The Sleigh has been replaced by a spaceship/air craft & Santa has the help of 1000's of Elves, with tablets & GPS devices when delivering presents. Christmas is now a military operation!Santa arrives back at the North pole after delivering all the presents and the celebrations are cut short as it comes to light that they have missed a child! There is one Child in Cornwall, England who is going to wake up Christmas morning, without a present from Santa. Arthur (Santa's youngest son) takes it upon himself to deliver this present the old fashioned way, with a Sleigh and Reindeer! Off he sets with his grandfather & a Scottish Elf from Packing named Bryony. This is where the movie really begins! The movie is fast paced and straight from the first scene is sucks you in and keeps your attention throughout.This movie received some criticism for its different approach but I honestly don't understand why. Yes it has a modern day twist but the message is always there from the start, no matter how many gadgets & technology is used, the old fashioned way will never let you down!Arthur Christmas offers great festive fun with some good laughs and a great British cast. I make sure I watch it every Christmas & I'm sure it will be remembered for many years to come.8/10
Arthur Christmas tells the tale of the title charcther(voiced by James Mcavoy) who's dad is (yup you guessed it)Santa Clause(voiced by that dude from Only Fools and Horses Jim Broadbent) who sends Christmas presents to all the children by using a machine that sends them to the children.But when one of the presents accidentally gets knocked off the machine,its up to Arthur and his grandfather(voiced by Love Actually's Bill Nighy)who's called Grand Santa to travel across the globe to give the present to its rightful owner.The animation in this is gorgeous and the charcthers are all likable. The ending song is by(yup im serious here) Justin Bieber and as for the rest of the film its just one magical flick to watch over the Christmas Season. The voice acting is great in fact some animated movies you can spot the actors a mile away but here their all very good in this movie.Overall Arthur Christmas gets a thumbs up.