Arthur Christmas (Film)
Barry C Chung
If you want proof that computers run the world, look to the jolly old man in the red suit. It turns out technology has infiltrated even Santa's tried-and-true operations. At least it has in Sarah Smith's 3D-animated Arthur Christmas.
Santa (Jim Broadbent) has taken a backseat in his annual task. He is more of an iconic figurehead now. The delivery of gifts to children around the world is done by a computer system run by his eldest son, Steve (Hugh Laurie), and his trusty elves. Steve is a strict military type and can't wait to become top dog at the North Pole.
Santa's younger son Arthur (James McAvoy) is less of an expert when it comes to business. But he's the only one fuelled by the Christmas spirit.
One Christmas, after what the team thinks is a successful mission, an elf discovers that one present has been left undelivered. So Arthur needs to come to the rescue. He teams up with Grandsanta (Bill Nighy) to deliver the last package before sunrise on a traditional sleigh.
Arthur Christmas is a thoroughly enjoyable holiday film for the entire family. The colours are stimulating, and the well-thought-out plot taps into familiar themes that can resonate with everyone: generation gap, technophiles vs technophobes, sibling rivalry. The modern look at Santa's family business facing family troubles is both amusing and treated with care.
Arthur Christmas is one of those Christmas films you will definitely enjoy watching.