We had another big first yesterday, and it happened at The Science Museum of Virginia. We took the kids to the IMAX theater which is a huge dome shaped movie screen where the movie literally surrounds you. I have fond memories of going there as a kid on field trips and sitting silently for an hour watching the galaxy, meteor showers, and planets fly past me on all sides.
Needless to say it was quite a different experience as an adult. The train in Polar Express had not rounded the first bend and I was dizzy and nauseous. I glanced over to see if my husband was experiencing the same thing and saw that his head was in his hands - not a good sign. I thought that surely we weren't the only ones, as the place was filled with adults with their children. To my horror, every other adult in the place was head-up and smiling - what was their secret? I still haven't figured it out, but luckily it got a little better for the hubby and I as the movie went on.
Polar Express is an adorable movie, with the whole message that believing in Santa Claus is in your heart - no matter how old you are. The movie is full of great one-liners:
"Seeing is believing, but sometimes the most real things in the world are the things we can't see."
"This bell is a wonderful symbol of the spirit of Christmas - as am I. Just remember, the true spirit of Christmas lies in your heart."
And my personal favorite,
"The thing about trains... it doesn't matter where they're going. What matters is deciding to get on."
The best character in the film is the Conductor, in my opinion. He is Tom Hanks, obvious to any adult viewing the film, but he is allusive, mysterious, kind, intelligent, all bundled into one.
The story centers around one boy who is questioning the reality of Santa and Christmas as a whole - and the Polar Express takes him to the North Pole where he can witness it all to start believing again. Along the way, he befriends a girl and boy who teach him valuable lessons about humility, giving, and friendship. "There is no greater gift than friendship" Santa Claus says to them.