I think that the Polar Express is one of those movies that I just can not watch. Maybe I am crazy, I probably am, but that movie bugs me to no end. I'll tell you why.
I hope that by saying this, I don't sound like a typical "critical christian." If I do, you'll have to forgive me. :)
The main reason why, to put it bluntly is I don't believe in santa clause and I believe with all my heart in Jesus Christ. For me, it hurts me to see that kids are believing in something that isn't real, will never be real, will never be a belief that can truly help them, and makes them forget the true meaning of Christmas. This whole movie is about believing in santa clause, normally I can handle that but with this movie, if you replace the words Santa Clause with Jesus Christ, you have a movie that basically shows the principles of Christianity. This is soooo hard to explain.
Take for instance here, this is a quote from the movie, "Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see." That is soooo true if we say it in reference to Jesus, but they are saying it about santa clause.
Here is another quote from the movie. This is such a powerful statement as well, its a reason why some choose to not believe in Jesus. (again this is in reference to santa clause)
Hobo: What exactly is... is your persuasion on the Big Man, since you brought him up?
The Boy: Well, I... I want to believe... but...
Hobo: But you don't want to be bamboozled. You don't want to be led down the primrose path! You don't want to be conned or duped. Have the wool pulled over your eyes. Hoodwinked! You don't want to be taken for a ride. Railroaded!
[Hobo puts out fire with the joe]
Hobo: Seeing is believing. Am I right?
To me, Jesus is just so important and valuable to our daily existence that to try and persuade someone into believing into something false and take away from God just hurts me.
Maybe I am just looking at this in the wrong perspective. Maybe I need to look at it as a movie that has a lot of Christian principles and references. Who knows? My mind is open to exploration, but its not open to believing in santa clause. :D
Anybody have any thoughts on this, I would love to see them! Leave a comment.