You know how a lot of movies, especially animated movies aimed at children, tend to have previews that make you think "Well. That looks awful."? Remember how Arthur Christmas had previews like that? And you know how a small percentage of the time the previews are just terrible and wrong, and completely misrepresenting the actually really good movie they're trying to advertise?
Remember how Arthur Christmas had previews like that?
Arthur Christmas is the story of the Santa Claus family, their sleek, fancy and technologically up-to-date (actually, way-off-in-the-future-date) operations, the Grandsanta who prefers the good old days, the upcoming-Santa older son Steve who's a jerk and younger, stars-in-his-eyes-believes-wholeheartedly-in-Christmas-and-Santa-and-magic Arthur, and a present that accidentally didn't get delivered.
I loved this movie; it was sweet and it made me cry, it had a lot of action and silliness and it was just a whole lot of fun. I'm bummed that the previews made it look so incredibly stupid because it tricked me and a whole lot of other people into not wanting to see it.
Also, the cast is awesome: Bill Nighy, James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Michael Palin in a small role and an actress I've never heard of (Ashley Jensen) as my favorite character, an elf named Bryony who is an expert at wrapping presents.
It's such a fun movie. It makes you cry, but not in a horrible way. You love pretty much all the characters (except probably Steve, who is mostly a jerk) and even when it hits all the annoying cliches that you usually hate, they're handled well enough that they don't bother you.
(In that paragraph, "you" means "I.")
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