Why I love The Polar Express
I really do love it. And whenever I tell someone that, they look at me funny and then tell me how creepy they think the kids are in the movie...and the elves. And I can't really argue that because they are a little creepy - it's the animation - something weird going on there. But it's only December 1st and already I've watched it 4 times. I even tried to watch it on my ipod last night as I was flying back from family Thanksgiving, but the stupid thing locked up and wouldn't play. Made me want to scream...I didn't though because that just freaks people out on an airplane. So I've been thinking about the movie and why I love it so much, creepy elves and all, and here's what I've come up with:
First - When the movie starts, and the soundtrack begins to play and it's snowing on the screen and the narration begins, I feel like I'm seven again, snuggled up in bed waiting for morning and life is exciting and wonderful. I wish it could be like that always...and down in my soul I think it's supposed to be like that always and that Jesus is the key.
Second - There's truth all over the place in that movie. Like when the conductor says to the boy "Sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see." - gives me goosebumps. Even Santa says that he's only a symbol of Christmas but that "the true Spirit of Christmas lies in your heart" - that just SCREAMS Jesus to me. And at the end when he can hear the bell but his parents can't he ends with "though I've grown old, the bell still rings for me... as it does for all who truly believe." BRILLIANT!!
Most of all I think it's because it's about believing. And that's what it all comes down to. Either we choose to believe in the One worth believing in and this life is an adventure, or we give up and it's just one big disappointment. Like the conductor said at the end:
"One thing about trains, it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on."
Because the point isn't that this life goes according to my plan, but that I choose to follow Him wherever He leads me. And THAT is why I love this movie.
What about you? What's your favorite Christmas movie and why?