There have been so many Christmas movies over the years that it’s worth taking note of a good one. From Aardman, the Wallace and Gromit people, comes Arthur Christmas, about the son of Santa Claus who, after spotting one present left undelivered, embarks on a worldwide journey to make sure it reaches its rightful home. What good is the “nice” list, after all, if the North Pole is going to muck it up? Deliciously served with snarky British sensibilities, Arthur Christmas is surprisingly sharp for adults and visually enormous and active for kids. The voice cast is top-notch, featuring James McAvoy as the title character, Jim Broadbent as the current yet tiring Santa, and Bill Nighy as the long-retired and feisty Grandsanta, who proudly proclaims he’s 136 years old. This is a tremendous amount of fun, even if you don’t like Christmas movies—or Christmas, for that matter.
Director: Sarah Smith
Producer: Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Carla Shelley and Steve Pegram
Cast: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Ashley Jensen, Marc Wootton, Laura Linney, Eva Longoria, Ramona Marquez, Michael Palin, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Robbie Coltrane, Joan Cusack, Rhys Darby, Jane Horrocks, Iain McKee, Andy Serkis and Dominic West