#Blogmas2016 - Day 15 | Film Night | Arthur Christmas [2011]

"Sleigh fever they call it! The Pressure of Christmas sends a man doo-lellied-tap! Santa Claus XVI of 1802! Every child that year got a sausage nailed to a piece of bark!" - Grandsanta, Arthur Christmas [2011]

Tonight we watched 'Arthur Christmas' [2011] as my partner had intended to partake in The Girl Gang Movie Night, but due to our son going to bed  everyone else started watching we started late, so we watched it on our own.

Going into the film, knowing a little bit about it, I was expecting a typical Christmas feel good film. As soon as the credits started, my expectations shot up when I saw that Aardman were part of the production (it made me question if I've ever seen a bad Aardman production) as I'm a big fan of theirs. Even though the film is completely CGI, you can sense the level of character that Aardman are renowned for coming through and it gave them a depth that is sometimes missing from festive films.

This is the story of Santa's 70th mission to deliver all the worlds children their presents on Christmas Eve. It soon becomes apparent that a present was left behind and Gwen, from Cornwall, didn't get a present from Santa! You can guess how the story ends but there is some clever story writing that keeps you engaged as the goes on.

The quality of the casting is top rate, lots of British talent lend their voices to the characters. Jim Broadbent is the perfect Santa for this story, Hugh Lawrie is again a perfect fit for Steve (Santa's eldest son) and Bill Nighy provides the personality required for Grandsanta. I've got to say that Grandsanta was my favour character whipping out some great one-liners.

I had heard good things about the film and I'm glad it lived up to expectations, it'll definitely be one of the go to films for us each Christmas!

'Arthur Christmas' [2011] - 4/5

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