Arthur Christmas (2011) – Movie Review

Arthur Christmas is yet another film about saving Christmas, except this time, it centers around the son of Santa, Arthur Christmas (James McAvoy), Arthur’s brother Steve (Hugh Laurie), their grandfather, Grandsanta and of course, Santa Claus (Jim Broadbent) and his wife.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

"Arthur Christmas"
"Arthur Christmas"

On Christmas Eve, it is seen that Santa delivers presents to children all over the world relying on a space ship called S1 and hundreds and thousands of elves using high-tech equipment and military precision instead of the old-school sleigh and reindeer. Although, Santa is the main guy, the man behind the mission is none other than Steve.

On the other hand, Arthur handles the mail department and although he single-handedly replies every letter, he’s clumsy and dislikes by most of the elves and inadvertently disrupted the operation whenever he steps into the room.

Arthur looks up to Santa as many other children in the world would do. When one present (a bicycle) is missed out from delivery, Arthur becomes panic and this has alerted Santa. As Santa is way past his prime to make a decision, Steve manages to convince Santa that 1 out of billions is a very small margin and can be neglected. However, Arthur vows to deliver the present to a girl named Gwen no matter what it takes. Grandsanta learns about it and together with a gift-wrapping elf named Bryony, Arthur, Grandsanta and his sleigh Evie and the reindeer, they embark a nearly impossible journey to deliver the present to Gwen before the sun rises.

What comes next are series of adventures (or misadventures) for Arthur, Grandsanta and Bryony. But, in the end, it was a happy ending for everyone, includes Steve who is content to be COO while his little brother takes over as the next Santa.

Overall, Arthur Christmas is an animated film that tries to answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ with a hilarious and exciting movie that is surely fresh and entertaining.

  • 7 out of 10 (8 for Arthur’s undying Christmas spirit!)
  • Arthur Christmas is entertaining, suspenseful and never fails to deliver (pun intended)!
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Arthur Christmas (2011) Trailer

Arthur Christmas is an animated film Arthur Christmas reveals the incredible, never-before seen answer to every child’s question: ‘So how does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?’ The answer: Santa’s exhilarating, ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole. But at the center of the film is a story about a family in a state of comic dysfunction and an unlikely hero, Arthur, with an urgent mission that must be completed before Christmas morning dawns. Directed by Sarah Smith, Barry Cook and starring the voices of James McAvoy, Jim Broadbent and Bill Nighy, Arthur Christmas opens in movie theaters on November 23, 2011.

X-Men: First Class (2011) – Movie Review

X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of X-Men film series and is the prequel to the first three X-Men movies.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"
Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Lucas Till, Jennifer Lawrence and Caleb Landry Jones in "X-Men: First Class"

In the pre World War II days, young Erik Lensherr is separated from his parents by Nazi guards. In rage, Lensherr’s mind bends a metal gate and scientist Sebastian Shaw (Kevin Bacon) witnesses it and orders Lensherr to use his magnetism power to move a coin which he fails and Shaw shoots his mom — which triggers Lensherr’s superior magnetic power. A young Charles Xavier discovers and befriends a young shape-shifting mutant named Raven (who later on was nicknamed Mystique).

Back in the present day of 1962, Erik Lensherr (Michael Fassbender) continues his search for Shaw for revenge. While Professor Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), an Oxford University graduate is publishing his thesis on mutation and lives with his foster sister, Raven (Jennifer Lawrence). Meantime, Shaw and his mutant crony of Azazel (Jason Flemyng) a demon who looks like a hybrid of Darth Maul and Hellboy with the ability to teleport, Riptide (Álex González), a mutant who can create whirlwind and Emma Frost (January Jones), a telepath who can turn her body into diamond form causes havoc by forcing U.S. Army Colonel Hendry to install missiles in Turkey to trigger war with the Russians.

Under a desperate move to stop Shaw, CIA agent Moira MacTaggert (Rose Byrne) reaches out to Xavier. Alas, as expected, a series of event after that brings Xavier, Lensherr and MacTaggert together. Xavier and Lensherr then join forces and rope in mutants from all over the world using Xavier telepathy power to locate them. They discover Beast, Angel, Havok, Darwin and Banshee. When Xavier and company discovers Shaw’s plan to trigger a World War III, they try to stop him at all cost.

Although the film has more story-telling by introducing the characters in a more elaborated manner, the film can be quite predictable given the fact the sequel of X-Men films were completed years ago. Despite that, expect surprises and differences since X-Men: First Class only follows the comic loosely leaving behind important characters like Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey.

However, do watch out for cameos from Hugh Jackman as Wolverine and Rebecca Romijn as the older Mystique.

X-Men: First Class should be aptly renamed to X-Men: Magneto instead as it centered around Magneto rather than the other characters. Whichever it is, it is anything but First Class.

  • 7 out of 10
  • Good popcorn movie. Watch it only if you’re an avid X-Men fan.
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X-Men: First Class (2011) Trailer

X-Men: First Class is the fifth installment of X-Men film series and is the prequel to the first three X-Men movies. X-Men: First Class takes a trip back to the 1960 before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto — when they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick Ass, Stardust), X-Men: First Class stars James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, January Jones, Rose Byrne, Nicholas Hoult, Kevin Bacon, Zoë Kravitz, Jason Flemyng. The film opens on June 3, 2011.

Gnomeo and Juliet (2011) Trailer

Gnomeo and Juliet is an animated version of Shakespeare’s play, set in the world of warring indoor and outdoor gnomes! Starring the voices of Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Jason Statham, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Patrick Stewart, Gnomeo and Juliet opens on February 11, 2011.