Cast: James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) , Jim Broadbent (Paddington), Bill Nighy (Love Actually)
Director: Sarah Smith (Thin Ice)
Screenwriter: Peter Baynham (Hotel Transylvania), Sarah Smith (Thin Ice)
Santa’s son Arthur goes on a perilous adventure to ensure every child gets a present at Christmas.
Modern day North Pole, and Christmas is all about the tech. Operation Santa Claus is in action and timing proceedings to military precision is required, if every child around the globe is to receive their presents Christmas morning.
Steve Claus, son of Santa and next in line to inherit the esteemed position, is capable, efficient and runs a well-oiled machine.
Younger brother Arthur is goofy, clumsy but full of the heart of Christmas.
Operation Santa is a success! Mission is accomplished! Until it’s discovered a child has been missed, Gwen Hines, 23 Mimosa Avenue, Trello, Cornwall, England, will not receive her pink twinkle bicycle, Christmas morning.
Steve and Santa Claus agree nothing can be done. But Arthur won’t take no for an answer.
Enlisting the help of Grandsanta and an elf named Bryony, they embark on an adventure taking them around the globe the old fashioned way.
You know when you have an Aardman animation you are going to be presented with something special, and Arthur Christmas is a real Christmas treat!
There is such a human element to this story; no one is perfect, no family is perfect, and neither are the Claus’s.
The characters are so multidimensional and layered. Nobody is good or bad but they are floored, which gives us all a real rooting interest.
In fact, underneath this feel good film, there is so much going on under the surface. It’s an intelligently written, solid script.
This is a film that adults as much as children can enjoy, I quite honestly lapped it up.
Every tiny piece of attention to detail is a joy to watch.
Let Christmas commence with Arthur Christmas!
Words: Claire Bueno
|Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes||Year: 2011||Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy||Streaming Service: Netflix UK|