Today I’ve got quite the gem for you. It’s time to talk about Arthur Christmas, one of the most adorable movies I’ve seen this year. Let’s find out why I enjoyed it so much!
The Plot (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):
Everyone knows that, each Christmas, Santa Claus delivers presents to every last child on Earth. What everyone doesn’t know is that Santa accomplishes the feat with a very high-tech operation beneath the North Pole. But when the unthinkable happens, and Santa misses one child out of hundreds of millions, someone has to save the day. It’s up to Arthur (James McAvoy), Santa’s youngest son, to deliver a present to the forgotten tyke before Christmas morning dawns.
How freaking adorable is this movie?! I enjoyed every single second of it. I feel like the people involved in making this have a special place in their hearts for Christmas and it shows. The attention to detail is amazing, the character design is perfect, the story is charming, witty, and funny. What else could you want?
I honestly don’t know why I didn’t watch this movie earlier. Probably it was because I simply didn’t know it existed, which is a gross oversight. I haven’t really heard any big publicity for it though, and I also can’t recall it being on TV. Well, I’m glad I finally had a chance to check it out.
What was interesting to me is how many layers Arthur Christmas has to offer. While it is bright and shiny and cute for little viewers, I think it can also be very appealing to older audiences. There are characters you will be able to relate to, and some characters that will remind you of people you know. Take Arthur, for example, who is so kind-hearted and is trying his best. He’s always there for everybody but he doesn’t really seem to be appreciated much. Talking about unappreciated. Mrs. Santa was just amazing. She’s so badass and could probably swing the whole thing by herself if need be. The whole concept of the Santa mantle being passed down in the family is not exactly new, but I don’t think I’ve really seen any movie that also tackles generational issues. We even get Grandsanta who is retired! And of course, Santa who is supposed to be retiring but decides against it. Steve, Arthur’s older brother, is the one who is in charge of everything, who comes in with so many ideas and innovations, with so much motivation. He’s trying really hard to prove himself and wants some recognition for it.
As for the story, it’s just adorbsies. One kid was forgotten and that simply can’t be. The settings are intricately designed, and I love how they mixed new, innovative ideas for how Christmas can work with old and familiar bits. We get the reindeer, the sleigh, the everything, but at the same time, we get something new and different. It has all the comforting bits you want from a Christmas movie without just replicating things you’ve seen a million times before.
Talking about the design, Arthur darling, where on earth did you get those slippers? I need a pair. Yes, I absolutely need blinking, fluffy reindeer slippers in my life. Don’t judge me.
Arthur Christmas was such a lovely surprise. This movie deserves more recognition! I have nothing to complain about with this adorable little Christmas flick.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!